Hive Today - February 20th, 2021 - Hive is alive!

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Hive is alive, and this is Hive Today.

Hive Today is a weekly newsletter for the decentralized Hive network. Hive is a blockchain-based social app platform. This newsletter provides a summary of development news regarding Hive apps and games. Our audience grows organically. Thank you for your continued support.

Time flies! We're coming up on Hive's 1 year birthday. The first official Hive chain block landed on March 20th, 2020. The chain is almost 5 years if you include pre-hard-fork blocks. Block #1 has a timestamp of 2016-03-24. As I'm writing the latest block # is 51,498,062.


This Week in Hive-Powered dApps, Tribes, & Tokens

Hive powers a growing number of decentralized apps (dApps). Since they all live on the same chain, one Hive account can access every app. Here's a quick summary of the Hive app landscape.

A new tribe called Gradnium was set up for Oklahoma State University. In the announcement post, @aggroed hinted that the Hive-Engine dev team is shifting some resources to build Tribe/Nitro condenser site enhancements.

@ThreeSpeak, this week, launched a Hive condenser site for the WallStreetBets Hive community ( This decentralized community has 109 subscribers and is moderated by @ash and @midlet.

The new F.R.I.D.A.Y Discord notification bot by @deathwing and @rishi556 has continued refinement. This week the bot received a new Settings UI and many other tweaks. Currently, the bot is only available on 1 server. The devs are planning to open-source the bot in the future. Afterward, F.R.I.D.A.Y can be added to any discord server. The bot sends notifications for all kinds of Hive account activities, including Hive-Engine token transfers.

Ecency, the Hive front-end, released a website update this week. Communities can now earn Ecency Points. Tipping authors with Points is now possible. And the flow for embedding images into posts improved. Usually, these changes show up on the site first before rolling out to the desktop and mobile apps. [info]

Hive-Engine, the Layer 2 smart contracts platform, will soon have liquidity pools. Hive-engine calls the pools DIESEL pools, and HiveToday discussed how they work last week. The DIESEL pool contract has been deployed, and it's now possible to create DIESEL pools. The front-end component on shows up soon.

DBuzz, the micro-blogging dapp, will soon release a new private messaging tool called Hive.PM. It's a simple interface for sending and receiving encrypted messages between Hive wallets. Under the hood, it uses 0.001 Hive transactions with encrypted memos.


This Week in Hive-Powered Games

Hive is home to a growing number of blockchain games. Here's a quick summary of updates for Hive games.

RisingStar, the band manager game, added drum crafting. This expands on the instrument crafting mechanics which previously only produced guitars.

CryptoBrewMaster, the brewery manager game, added a new Town Hall building. In the building, players can obtain a Citizen Passport, create and join guilds, and participate in governance.

Splinterlands, the monster battle game, has added WAX blockchain NFT transfers. Holders can send Splinterlands cards to the WAX blockchain and trade them on


Hive Raffles and Giveaways

  • @combination's weekly Hive charity giveaway. Enter the numbers draw with 1 HBD and stand a chance to win some HBD. Proceeds go to @papilloncharity, a registered not-for-profit. Donors can now earn a special HiveBuzz badge. [info]


Upcoming Hive Events and Meetups

  • Dygycon #2 - March 13th, 2021
  • Virtual DACH Meetup - March 5th, 2021 [info]


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I might also suggest adding this account as an "automatic Follow" when people sign up. So when they sign up for an account, this just shows up automatically in their follow list. That way, when they have questions, they at least have some sort of resource they can immediately see to start digging for answers.

Posted Using LeoFinance Beta

Hi @dagger212, glad you found HiveToday. We don’t have the power to make new accounts automatically follow. Some projects solve this problem with an auto-reply the first post published by a new account, to raise awareness. But this method is kind of spammy, so I prefer not to do that.

Got it. It was a thought....

Posted Using LeoFinance Beta

Appreciate the suggestion! Every time a new person finds this content and learns something is a win.

This looks like a great resource! I just discovered it today. I just posted the following to a post suggesting improvements to HIVE and then saw this blog so I'm copy and pasting it here as well. It seems it might be something this account could do (or maybe has already done).

Great suggestions! Personally, I would like some sort of explanation page of the whole Hive ecosystem. For example, how do all these things fit together? There's LeoFinance, and STEMgeeks, and Sports, and Peakd, etc....what do they all mean and how do they all fit into HIVE as a whole? I mean, if the new #ProjectBlank comes out and the price of the token shoots up to $5.00, what does that do for the people who own Hive? Will they get any value from it other than potentially capturing more users? I'm not saying that wouldn't be extremely valuable, but, like I said, I'm just wondering how they all fit together and what impact they individually have on the ecosystem as a whole.

Posted Using LeoFinance Beta

I would also suggest possibly adding some sort of automatic "follow" to all new accounts. For example, I just saw the Hiveblog account giving a weekly update on the ecosystem as a whole. I think if new users had that automatically listed in their Followed accounts, they'd have an immediate resource to check to start digging for answers to the innumerable questions they probably have. Or, it could at least direct them on where to look.

I was in Steem 3 yrs ago and left and just "discovered" Hive about a week ago and I'm still pretty lost as to how everything works and fits together. I'm sure it's here somewhere but I just haven't found it yet....

Posted Using LeoFinance Beta

Great question! The ecosystem is like an evolving onion. It’s useful to think of it in terms of layers.

Layer 0 is the people, the community that uses the technology. The layer 0 is the foundation and goes beyond Hive to other platforms.

Then you have Layer 1, which is Hive’s governance, immutable text storage, Hive coin wallet transaction layer.

Layer 2 is the apps built on top of Hive, like you listed. Hive-Engine provides smart contracts and 2nd layer tokens like LEO and CTP. Layer 2 includes Tribes and dApps like, STEMGeeks, and

Hope this helps paint the picture! Let me know if you have more questions, happy to answer them.

Hey I'd love to do a Portland Oregon Hive Meetup!

Before we did the big huge transition over here I was doing the Portland Oregon meetups.

Awesome job I've got until April 1st before I ship out to go gold mining.

I'm sure we could have a meet-up in Portland Oregon before I ship out.

Let me know when your next meetup is happening. Happy to help you spread the word.

Yep I'll see what I can do about putting something together!

thanks for the update on what's going on on hive thank @hivetoday

Thanks for reading!

Found you thanks to @papilloncharity, great stuff @hivetoday and thank you for the useful links!

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