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Enter Hive: An Internet Revolution.
Welcome to Hive University! A series of bite-sized "lessons" to teach you everything you could want to know about the Hive blockchain!
I know I've already thrown a few terms at you there that you may not understand, but that's okay.
(Image by @doze)
Let's cut to the chase. Before you can do anything, you'll need a Hive account.
Click the link above or the GIF on the right, choose your username, check out the ToS, and press continue.
!!THE NEXT PAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT. DO NOT LOSE YOUR PASSWORD/KEYS!!
!!I SAY AGAIN, DO NOT LOSE YOUR PASSWORD/KEYS!!
I would highly suggest writing your keys down on a piece of paper and keeping it somewhere safe.
Complete the SMS verification, and you're done! You now officially have a Hive account!
Now let's create your first post!
The 'native posting interface' for the blockchain is Hive.blog. Head over and log in with your POSTING KEY. We'll go over what exactly all those keys are for, and when you should use each one, in the next lesson. For now we'll keep it super simple, and you won't need to do anything but give the site permission to post. These details are important, but again, we'll go over all that very soon. We'll only need your POSTING KEY for this lesson.
DO NOT LOGIN TO ANY HIVE WEBSITE OR APP WITH YOUR OWNER KEY OR PASSWORD UNLESS YOU'RE ON A SECURE CONNECTION.
After logging in, click the 'Submit' button at the top right of the page.
You'll find yourself in a very simple text editor, and you can use HTML or Markdown code to fancy it
Now #introduceyourself! You can write as much as you'd like. Tell everyone in the community who you are, and what you do. You shouldn't just lay out your identity and address by any means, and if you choose to remain anonymous behind a username, this platform will allow you the freedom to do exactly that!
The third box you see is for your post tags. Anyone who has ever used social media knows what tags are, and how they categorize your post. Tags on hive need to be lowercase letters, numbers and dashes ( - ).
The first tag you use will be the overall "Topic" for your post, and should be the most relevant. If you haven't already noticed the foreshadowing, you should use #introduceyourself as your first tag. It's somewhat of a tradition here on the blockchain for new users to create a post on this tag as they first enter the community, and is a great way to find some new friends who might have similar interests.
From there, you might use the #hive tag, and any other tags that might fit with what you've written about yourself. If you're an artist, use the #art tag! Tags define which feeds your post will show up in, so choose wisely!
Once you've poured your heart out to the community... or not, click the button, and you're finished!
Pencils down, books closed. You've completed lesson 1!
I want to take a moment to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be the one who welcomes you to our community. If given a chance, I truly believe Hive could change your life, even if it never makes you rich. We are the most engaging, caring online community I have personally ever encountered, and if you're looking to get genuine feedback on the things you post about, you can count on Hive to deliver!
Speaking of our great community, I want to bring attention to the @hivelist, who have funded everyone's scholarship for lesson 1! Hive University will always be free for anyone interested in learning, so our sponsors make all of this possible!