Bulb UX and Features Requests
Web 3.0: Where every interaction is a Transaction.
Bear with me for a minute, on this rant: The number one pet peeve of the current flavor of Web3 we're witnessing right now has to be this - Every interaction is becoming a transaction. It sucks the "humanity" out of the Metaverse being built.
For example: Why must I "power up" to comment on someone's knowledge that they've taken the effort to share? My thoughts of appreciation or critique, flow in-the-moment. To voice that opinion I need to buy tokens? This is counter intuitive to the ethos of knowledge sharing and "tokenizes" thoughts and opinion. To counter spam, there could be a limited number of free comments per 24hr period or similar.
With that rant out of the way, here's some suggestions that would make the already pleasurable experience of blogging on BULB, even better (imo)
Embed Youtube Videos.
Currently there's no straightforward way to embed a YouTube video. Most blogging platform UI's auto recognize and format a YouTube video when pasting in a YouTube URL. Both web2 and many similar Web3 based blogging platforms I've tried.
IOUs for posts / commenting?
It would be great to have the platform "lend energy" up to the value of one blog post or two comment-credits to a member —while reminding them to 'power up' on tokens. These could then be auto deducted from their next recharge. I'd certainly advocate for 2 to 3 free comments per 24hrs, but otherwise an "iou" would be a good compromise.
Posts as NFT?
Some other Web3 Writing/Blogging platforms offer the option of selling an article (or even chapters of a book) as limited edition NFTs - possibly a layer2 solution so the blog post can facilitate editing after 'minting' This would be great to implement for serious authors looking at BULB to monetize worthy literature and for users to 'own' the same.
While I'd then vouch for something 'exclusive' (art/video embed...) in the NFT that might not be available to free versions or publicly accessible versions of the writings.
Category and Tags:
Some important and relevant Post categories and Tags are missing: Web3, Metaverse, Immersive Media, Journalism... come to mind.
If a particularly beneficial blog essay, report or article has helped readers, it would be nice to have an option where users can 'tip' BULB tokens or points. This makes a nicer option that marking a post "Premium" and would encourage and incentivize authors to write more meaningful posts; a good anti-pollution filter.
These are some suggestions I could think of based on the past 24 hours interacting with the BULB platform. It's an enjoyable start to the journey.
Would love to hear more 💡BULB ideas from fellow authors and readers.