Toot is the new tweet.
Launch of the BitTube.social platform.
BitTube.social is a Mastodon instance featuring $TUBE monetization and donations. Follow anyone on any server and browse among more than 4.4M people. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video.
For the past few months, we have completed our integration with The fediverce, namely the PeerTube and Mastodon open-source projects. The fediverse (“federated universe”) is the name for all websites that can communicate with each other over ActivityPub and the World Wide Web.
The BitTube.social and BitTube.video are instances using the federated network to showcase our ad-free monetization model called AirTime. We aim to expand the use of the decentralized network and bring incentives for content creators. Now publishers have a direct payment channel with their audience via the $TUBE cryptocurrency.
The BitTube.social platform
A post is called a “toot” with a limit of 500 characters. You can adjust the thumbnails of your pictures with focal points. You can use custom emojis, hide things behind spoiler warnings and choose who sees a given post. Messed it up? You can delete & redraft for quick corrections.
There are two timelines, local timeline which features toots only from users registered on the BitTube.social and federated timeline which includes toots from the network. You can reply to other people’s and your own toots, which will chain them together in a conversation.
Users on the social site can follow profiles or individual channels from the video site. Whenever a user you follow publishes a video on BitTube.video it will appear on your home feed. Stay tuned for a detailed tutorial in the following days.
AirTime and donations
To get your social profile monetized you would need an account registered via the BitTube browser extension. It is needed to create your wallet address and link your publisher’s profile to it. We hope users will enjoy the donations including recurring donations the most. When someone is visiting your profile or opening a toot you generate AirTime earnings. Currently, they are not substantial but it appears to be one of the easiest options to monetize ad-free content.
Why The federated framework
We believe the open-source projects Mastodon and PeerTube have great potential. They bring a sense of freedom and feature effective anti-abuse tools that protect their users. There are no ads and no tracking. Content creators mostly rely on the support of their audience.
A variety of mobile apps for Android are already available and an iOS app is under development.
What are the changes to BitTube.tv
Following our decision to decentralize the BitTube.tv platform via the underlying structure of the PeerTube network we will suspend new video uploads in the following days and kindly ask our users to continue uploading on the BitTube.video site. These videos will be available on the streaming platform via embeds which is currently under development. We are forced to take such measure because the growth of uploads is surpassing the server resources we can dedicate to migrate the content. We have already transcoded and moved hundreds of TB of videos.
We understand that this will bring inconvenience for existing BitTube.tv users. Unfortunately, we were unable to transfer all logins. This means if you haven’t received an email with login info you would need to create a new account on BitTube.video. Users who have paid for a membership will get premium storage on BitTube.video equivalent of the value of the remaining period.
Join BitTube.social today and become a supporter of the federated network.
Find support and a like-minded community on our Discord.
The BitTube team