RE: The Frustrations of On-Boarding
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This is the reason I don't tout HIVE much.., it's all the hard work that follows. The only reason to use HIVE is ... the money. What other carrot is there? I don't like it.. but I have little choice. If they ask me about it, I will spill the beans. Other than that, I don't do it anymore.
After you go through all the effirt, they finally post something only to have sone Hive Zealot or Whale come along and and dump all over them for not having enough text, or a correct Source format and downvote them to zero ... nobody wants to stick around to see what happens next.
Without some help it can happen. I hope the down-voters do a few checks first.. (real account, not another scammer etc..). I know I do before unloading.., there needs to be a very good reason for me to do that.
I used to try and get people to join many years ago. Failed every time.
There is another carrot: the platform cannot zap your account.
My hat is off to anyone who has ever managed to get people to join and stay.
Speaking of joining for the money, an additional hurdle for many is that no significant money will be coming in for quite some time even if one puts in some consistent effort. That is unavoidable and is the case on every single platform out there and always will be.
Hence, a custody service for light accounts is a must. LeoFinance does it fantastically well. A well-guided step by step process to download the keys and storing them automatically on Keychain with instructions to safely store copies of the keys is a must.
I think there already is quite a bit of content to enjoy for someone to want to stay on the platform for content. Peakd has developed a chat functionality integrated into the website.
But I agree with you in the futility of marketing the platform for the masses at this point. Hive is ultimately just a protocol. Apps should be marketed. Getting to understand the platform as a whole should come later.
This is not looking good on the outside is it? I have a count of two, one is actively posting, the other a passive voter (with a large stash). It's still crap, I want to have added 50 people.
I've tried to get people to join but I gave up quite some time ago. Other people have been more successful than I have. But very few have managed to get people to stay.
I think the difficulty boils down to the complexity of the platform and its immature stage of development. Also, not only is Hive complex but it is that it hits the newcomer with a many novel concepts that are central to its operation, some of which are counter-intuitive. That's when you get questions like "where does the money come from" and when they don't understand they suspect it must be a scam.
The entire Hive ecosystem is currently an early adopter's paradise. Trouble is, only a small proportion of people have the early adopter mindset.
I think it pays to get used to the idea that "the masses" are incredibly slow to adopt new things that require taking even a little bit of trouble to learn.
Just like on Hive, the world is full of hidden opportunities that most people will never take advantage of.
It's printed everyday, new coins ('yeah... it must be a scam, you can't make money'). Most people don't know our 'trusted banks' do exactly the same thing.
That is a good point.
Money is a very difficult concept. But that, too, is changing. Today's teenagers and children are used to virtual currencies in games, some of which have exchange rates against fiat currencies.