Why and how to get started with Powping
What is Powping?
Powping is a new social medium which allows users to follow other users and channels (similar to subreddits or Facebook's public groups), so each user has his own personalized feed with posts of interest to himself.
Why is Powping better?
Powping uses Bitcoin (SV) technology to create a platform where users have more control over their data, and Powping (and future compatible services) have less control over their users' data.
First, Powping doesn't own the user's account. Your user account is a non-custodial (meaning user-controlled) Bitcoin SV wallet at another company, Moneybutton.com, which Powping therefore doesn't have control over. The user has the wallet's keys and controls the wallet. Powping only creates and controls a link between the user's Moneybutton wallet and the display name the user has on Powping.
Second, all posts and comments on Powping are signed with the user's private key from his Moneybutton wallet, meaning the user can demonstrate ownership over these posts and comments. That enables secure copying of all posts/comments to any future compatible Powping competitor in case some service better than Powping is created.
It doesn't cost the user anything to post or comment on Powping, so there is no requirement for users to acquire any Bitcoin SV.
This setup, where the users have control over their own accounts and their other data means more power to the users, and less power to corporations like Powping! This shift in power balance between users and corporations will likely lead to less politically motivated censorship than we are presently seeing from big corporations / tech giants, and more revelation of truth on this new type of social media. So far there has not been any politically motivated censorship on Powping, as far as I know. If Powping becomes inclined to politically motivated censorship, it will probably be relatively easy to create a compatible non-censoring Powping competitor which all the content can be published on regardless of the future wishes of the owner of Powping.
How to get started with Powping?
First you need to register/create a Moneybutton wallet.
Go to https://www.moneybutton.com/ and click Sign Up in the top right corner.
Type your email and a good loooong (difficult to hack) password, and click Sign up.
Type a profile name and click Confirm username.
Select in which currency you would like to display amounts, for example Danish Krone or whatever currency you are familiar with, and click Confirm Currency.
Finish the remaining steps with Moneybutton including email verification.
When you get to a picture like the one below you have finished setting up your Moneybutton wallet.
If you ever want to ask someone to pay you with Bitcoin SV you can provide the sender with the so-called Paymail which is visible in lower left corner in the picture above. In the example it is email@example.com. Your paymail will have a different number before the @.
Even though you may not use the monetary part of Bitcoin SV, it is still wise to create a backup at this point. That is because it is necessary if you still want to be able to post and comment after you forget your password, your computer breaks down, or similar. A good backup keeps these three parts in a safe location:
1. Your Moneybutton username (your email) and password.
2. Your Paymail (firstname.lastname@example.org in my example).
3. Your 12 word mnemonic. You can find it under Settings (top right corner) and the "See your mnemonic".
Now everything related to Moneybutton is taken care of. The next step is to go to powping.com, and click login in the top right corner.
If things work properly you should see a button in the middle of the screen. You need to swipe it from left to right to log in.
If you cannot slide the button it may be because your Moneybutton wallet is not open or you have an add-blocker which prevents Powping and Moneybutton from communicating. You will then need to disable the add-blocker for those two websites.
In the next picture you will need to enter a unique username. This is a one-time task where you associate your Moneybutton wallet with a Powping username. Only small letters from a-z are allowed. You don't have to use your real name. You can choose a pseudonym.
Click create, and swipe the Moneybutton to confirm.
That's it. You are now ready to use Powping, a digital world without (much) politically motivated censorship; a world where you can better enlighten yourself and others.
I have used Powping since July 2020. I am not related to the creators of Powping. I am just a user.