Introducing TravelFeed Beta

in #travelfeed3 years ago (edited)

Dear Travel Community of the Steem Blockchain, we have some exciting news to share with you: TravelFeed Beta has launched! It’s available now at travelfeed.io for everyone to use.

The new version of TravelFeed marks a huge leap forward in functionality and accessibility, rounding out the platform with new features like an easy-to-use editor, a map, a destination search, a totally redesigned front page and featured articles. It’s going to be an incredible place for travelers to research trips, write about their adventures, and meet other explorers.

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Why TravelFeed?

We built TravelFeed as the platform that we always wanted to have: a global community of independent travelers, where it’s easy to meet new people and find information, and where bloggers can monetize high-quality posts.

While there are some large, well-established platforms aimed at tourists looking for information on sights, tour packages and hotels, there’s no major platform that provides content created by independent travelers for independent travelers. There’s a huge number of people looking for genuine experiences and off-the-beaten-track destinations, and they need a place where they can find recommendations… and contribute their own.

As a niche market, “Travel” features an unusual abundance of small blogs with high-quality content. These blogs often contain exactly the information that travelers are looking for, but in most cases, they’re hard to find. Independent blogs simply can’t keep up with the search-engine optimization of large sites. And due to the small exposure, travel bloggers struggle to earn the income they deserve. Many turn to large social media networks, which have in the past few years made it easy to gain followers.

The trend, however, is that these large platforms would rather keep readers on their sites, and have been throttling traffic toward the originating blogs. These social media platforms inject their own ads between content that others have created, without sharing the profits. To add insult to injury, they even demand that creators buy ads if they want their followers to see their posts. Also, these social networks are only made to discover new posts, not to research destinations.

At the same time, travel communities are split over several platforms such as groups on Facebook, Couchsurfing, TripAdvisor or smaller forums. Contacting the author of a post is usually done either in the comment area or by email. TravelFeed, on the other hand, is a community of travelers and travel bloggers where readers can easily chat with their favorite authors.

With full-scale manual curation, we make sure that the best posts get the visibility they deserve, often months or even years after they’ve been published. Content is monetized through the Steem Blockchain where creators get rewarded with cryptocurrency. This is the perfect blockchain for travelers: set out on a new adventure, write about it on TravelFeed, and be rewarded with real money. It’s a dream come true, to get on the road, and get paid for doing what you love? At TravelFeed, we’re working hard to make this a reality.

Come and join us to get access to a fast-growing community of like-minded people!

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What's New?

Since we launched TravelFeed Alpha in December to test the concept, we’ve received a lot of feedback and have been working hard to address the most common suggestions with the new version. We’ve streamlined the entire platform to improve usability and performance, with a focus on keeping things simple, which should help to attract users from other platforms, who are perhaps not familiar with Steem or cryptocurrency concepts.

Posts can now be filtered by location. Use the “Destinations” menu to discover popular places, search to find posts related to your next travel destination. You can also view a map of all curated posts, similar to @steemitworldmap. In fact, they’ve assisted us in implementing a feature in which geotagged TravelFeed posts are simultaneously added to the Steemitworldmap, resulting in even more exposure.

The new “Discover” feature on the front page helps you find some of our curation team’s all-time favorites. Also on the front page, hand-picked posts from various destinations around the world will provide inspiration for your next travels.

While still under heavy development, the new editor is much more intuitive, and implements important blogging features such as image uploading. It also integrates a location picker for geotagging. The intuitive tag picker suggests relevant tags that will make it easier for TravelFeed users interested in a specific category (cycling, hiking) to discover new content. Posts are saved as drafts automatically, guaranteeing that you will never lose your hard work, and that you can keep writing where you left off, even from another device. And the new dashboard is loaded with powerful tools and stats.

These are just some of the most important changes. By moving from the Steem API to our own, Hivemind-powered backend, we were able to implement a ton of new features and improve the performance and usability of TravelFeed.

TravelBlog Dashboard

What's Next?

In the next few months, we will keep polishing the TravelFeed platform to ensure a smooth experience. We’ll be focusing on improving mobile support and introducing new community features.

With this, we’re going to reach out to onboard travel bloggers from around the world. We know a large number of travel bloggers personally, whom we’ll invite to join our platform. And we’re planning to attend several travel blogging conferences to draw attention to TravelFeed and encourage writers who haven't yet experimented with blockchain projects. At the same time, we’ll be traveling ourselves, and meeting many other independent adventurers. We’ll discuss with our growing community, the features they’d like to see on TravelFeed, and will be onboarding them to the platform.

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When Moon?

We believe in building a functional platform first, and then creating a token economy integrated into every layer, instead of launching a worthless token without a use case, as has sadly become common with many projects in the cryptosphere. Once our platform is more evolved, we’ll release a token on the Steem Blockchain with functionality similar to STEEM, but with a rewards pool exclusively for TravelFeed posts. This could be achieved in the form of a Steem Engine Scot-token or as SMT. On top of the standard incentives for staking SMT/Scot tokens, staking our tokens will give TravelFeed users access to several Premium features and additional revenue streams from advertising.

Independent travelers are the ones who pioneer travel destinations before mass tourism arrives, which helps explain why both governments and businesses are interested in advertising on TravelFeed. We’re working on an advertisement system, that enables advertisers to target users with relevant ads, often in the form of blog posts by TravelFeed authors, without compromising on privacy. We’ll also implement a mechanism that allows authors to be rewarded for posts after the initial payout, based on the popularity of the post. This means an almost-passive income for authors — the more high-quality-posts you publish on TravelFeed, the higher the reward on future posts (without affecting their rank).

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Who Is TravelFeed?

Started in January 2018, TravelFeed has become the place for the traveler’s community on Steem. Since February 2018, we have curated over 11,000 travel posts on Steem, rewarding over $100,000 (excluding curation rewards) to authors using the tag #travelfeed.

Julian Peters @jpphotography is a full-stack developer and budget traveler. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Information Systems (computer science and business administration) at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Whenever he is not developing or working on the token economy, he is traveling and discussing TravelFeed in hostels and meetups around the world.

Jürgen Horn @for91days has been making a living as a travel blogger for over 10 years and knows the industry in and out. He is coordinating the operations of our curation team and is the community manager of TravelFeed.

Manual curation of each post submitted is what makes TravelFeed special, and we could not do this with our amazing curation team, currently consisting of @smeralda and @elsaenroute. We would also like to thank former curation team members: @adonisabril, @wanderlass, @rimicane, @mrprofessor, @guchtere.

Our Discord community is moderated by @wanderlass and Steemitworldmap-curator @livinguktaiwan.

The multilingual expansion of TravelFeed is currently spearheaded by @saunter, who manages @pl-travelfeed, the Polish-language travel curation project that will eventually also be integrated into our platform. We are looking forward to expanding to more languages in the future.

How to Get Involved

Join the TravelFeed Community!

We invite anyone who’s interested in travel to check out our TravelFeed dApp and to join our over 700-strong community on Discord. We’re also looking for one more curator to join our team.

We ❤️ Open Source

We are proud to make TravelFeed available fully Open-Source and support other communities on Steem who want to build on our code. Our code is on Github. We are still looking for contributors who want to work with us on the future of TravelFeed.

In cooperation with Utopian, relevant bug reports are rewarded. Please make sure to use the Utopian-template and check that the bug doesn’t exist already in our Github.

Delegate Now!

During our launch, we plan on rewarding past, current and future TravelFeed users by airdropping tokens. This will also incentivise authoring posts through TravelFeed instead of through third-party dApps using the tag #travelfeed.

We are in the process of registering a company and cannot make any legally binding offers now, so while we officially do not offer compensation to delegators yet, all past, current and future delegators will be fairly compensated for their delegation with tokens once we have launched our token. The airdrop will be based on the amount of SteemPower delegated and when you started to delegate. Based on these numbers we will calculate how many tokens you will receive on the dropping date. Our Steem Power is fully used for manual curation of the best TravelFeed posts.

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Thank you for this excellent introduction of the Travelfeed beta. This is an amazing update. Even though I am not a traveler, I am intrigued by the concept of the project. It looks very promising. I checked through the site, and everything worked swiftly. This is a well-done job.

I think it would be helpful if users could favorite the countries of their choice on the Destination tab, or somewhere else. I noticed that the Destination feature doesn’t contain all countries and searching every time could be boring. The favorite feature might come handy on that aspect.

I can see that there are many more to expect in the coming weeks/months. I wish you guys success as you proceed with the project. Possibly, I might start doing some local travels within my country. :)

The post itself is well structured, descriptive, and very informative.

Thank you for using Utopian. We hope to receive more updates from you.

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Thanks a lot! We have already planned for an option where users can follow destinations and see new posts from these destinations in their feed. Showing all followed/favourite destinations in the menu is a great idea that we will implement, thanks for the suggestion!

Thank you so much for your feedback. We're constantly working to make TravelFeed a smoother experiences and we're planning to introduce many other features in the future. We also would like to extend our appreciation to the entire @utopian-io team .

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Thank you for your review, @tykee! Keep up the good work!

This is amazing news and great to see a beta being launched too! I have a load of travel blogs coming and will be using the travelfeed tag of course 🙂

Interesting that you alluded to payouts still happening after the 7 days when new people view the posted articles. Unless I misunderstood (as the 7 day payout is one of the limiting things about steem, there are some great historic articles that don't get read until much later).

Also, if posting from steempress, just using the #travelfeed tag is enough to get the article featured on the travelfeed platform? Or do we then need to log in and make alterations?

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We still consider all posts with the #travelfeed tag for curation, no matter through which dApp they were posted. In the future, we will introduce incentives for using TravelFeed. Besides, we offer some cool features such as a location picker, so we believe that TravelFeed is the best way to write travel posts!

Yes, we are planning on rewarding posts older than 7 days that bring a lot of visitors (from Google, social networks, other sites,...) to TravelFeed. We are still working on the details that will be announced in our whitepaper.

We love your travel posts, keep them coming!

Thanks for getting back to me on that. I'll keep using the #travelfeed tag from wherever I post from (relating to travel of course) and keep a look out on the discord for announcements 🙂

I used steemitworldmap to add the location of my last post so would that update the location in the travelfeed site also? If it doesn't, can you add/edit a location AFTER the post has been made?

I'll look forward to reading the whitepaper to see what other developments you have planned for it all. Exciting stuff!

Thanks for the comments and support too! I'll be writing plenty of travel posts from this trip 😁

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Excellent work guys! Looks fantastic. I particularly like how the individual posts display. And in a happy coincidence I have been trying to work out for the last few days how I might find a travel post I wrote over a year ago. And there it is on my dashboard at travelfeed. Brilliant!

We're planning to roll out many more features and many more cool map tools. But we also depend on your feedback. So if you see any bugs or have ideas, please let us know!

This is so exciting! I love seeing new features and things moving forward! I will go delegate 350 SP straight away, hoping I will be able for more in the near future! Many hugs for the entire team from Romania! :)

Thank you so much for your support and for the delegation. You've brought so much value to the platform and the team!

It was my entire pleasure! :)

looks amazing!

{On top of the standard incentives for staking SMT/Scot tokens, staking our tokens will give TravelFeed users access to several Premium features and additional revenue streams from advertising.} - great going! :)

Thank you so much for your early support, this means a lot to us.

It gets better and better as I read along and delegated right away lol! Exciting times ahead!

This is awesome, thank you so much for being an early supporter.

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That's great work guys! I know how much time and effort you've put into all this and its great to see you move into beta stage. Congrats!

Thank you so much for this comment and for being part of the team.

This is a great news. I'm checking the new website now and it's great. I'm sure some small things will be improved over time, but the overall impression is amazing ;)

Keep up the great work!!

Hearing that from you means a lot, thanks!

This reminds me of the new Debato.org steem debate site also announced recently, is it the same people deciding to capitalize on their position to just make two different steem sites for two subjects?

I was thinking, one of these sites but for Pokemon cards, magic the gathering, collectibles etc would be great, and theres also a great opportunity for bird watching scotbot site and other zoological even astronomical record keeping systems for steem.

We don't quite understand your comment. Have you tried out travelfeed.io? We have been developing TravelFeed ourselves since December (check our Github) and can't see how TravelFeed would be related to Pokemon or Debato, which we are not associated with btw.

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Congrats guys. Especially @jpphotography. Everything starts small and has the potential to be the next big company in the travel business. You never know.
I hope I‘ll have some time to post more often and I‘ll use #travelfeed for my travel posts for sure😃

Green! That is the color of travel in my mind! Good choice :)

That's a really good project: congrats, @travelfeed!
I started delegating and I'll try to post some of my travel's experiences.

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Woah .. thank you so much for your delegation, this means a lot to us!

It puts and immense smile on my face seeing the project we discussed for months being beautifully developed! Now I just need to organize my life and get back to work hooooooooah

Looking forward to having you back on the (active) team :)

It looks a pretty amazing project, and a huge welcome, this is so exiting that new project are coming here..!!

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Sounds amazing. When I was in Japan earlier in the year, I used TripSteem.... it was OK, but it sounds like you folk are taking it to a different level, and maybe something more like what I was personally looking for.

Great work, will keep my eye on it.

Thank you so much for your comment. When we started with TravelFeed we always put community first and build a platform which is useful to travelers. But don't get us wrong, we wouldn't mind a hight profile investor or two :) Hehe!

Love it. This is the kind of innovation that will drive STEEM forward into the next era. I've visited the site and while it's a work in progress looks really good and you seem to have a solid plan for growing it going forward. Hoping for the best in this project. Not my area but I know how many people do have an interest in travel so there are huge possibilities.

We had a steem travel site before ya know, it was on https://stateofthedapps.com never know what happened to it

sadly no one ever uses these things, very few have retained users like steemmonsters and other dapps on the list above but heres the steem only list https://www.stateofthedapps.com/rankings/platform/steem

so yeah im glad tos ee Ntopax higher up on the list its a great art site, Dtube has a lasting user base, this list is kidna boring post front ends liek partiko, busy, those are cheating :D the NEXT page gets interesting

here we see projects liek Dclick which could be built into steemplus or @steempeak and let users place ads in their posts automatically

@vimm.tv and @3speak are also being used routinely i know many peopel now using vimm like they were using Dlive before dlive dropped steem, like @dirapa who is using vimm all the time, make sme want to start streamning actually.....

@dsound is still up by @prc and thats amazing im impressed its even still up but it desperately needs an update ALTHOUGh its working RELALy fast at the moment :D BUT Dsound just needs comments liek Soundcloud has! or embeddeable posts i dunno.... haha some cool songs on there tho

but yeah man Travelfeed here i found it TRIP-steem @tripsteem @trip-steem
https://www.stateofthedapps.com/dapps/trips-teem

what ever happened to Trip Steem? https://en.tripsteem.com/

There aren't enough users on STEEM right now to keep all of these apps and projects active as we have seen with many that have faded out of existence. What we will have to see going forward is the likes of sportstalk and travelfeed onboarding their own community and building from there. It's obviously great to have STEEM as a base to get projects started and people interested in these subjects but we will need to see some of these projects stand on their own two feet if they are to suceed.

The way that tribes are being set up makes me think that if we can create a couple of successful ones that it will form the blueprint for new groups to start their own tribe and see how it can be done. It will just take a while to get the process simplified and tightened up but I like the vision behind it.

Be a travelfeed users foremost and discover the rest of STEEM through it rather than the other way around.

We are aware of tripsteem, in fact we had several posts submitted to TravelFeed through tripsteem. It is always great to see when people are working on tools for the Steem travel community.

Their website seems offline now, but we usually see a post submitted through them to TravelFeed every few days. You would have to ask them what is happening to their project, there seem to have been no major developments since last year. Tripsteem doesn't seem to have any community outside Korea, while we have been building TravelFeed as Steem's largest travellers' community for the past 1.5 years. Dapps that "noone uses" are usually the ones who have failed to build a community.

The numbers on stateofthedapps are based on steemapps.com, which currently does not count TravelFeed users at all. We have reached out to @therealwolf who develops/manages Steemapps more than once to fix this, but never heard back, not great for a consensus witness. Hopefully there will be a Steem foundation eventually to manage projects like Steemapps.

Brilliant stuff guys, looking forward to the launch of all the features like your scot token. I've also added you to a post on my site which you can find here - https://www.nichemarket.co.za/blog/hit-the-road/travel-bloggers-cryptocurrency

Hope to send you some referrals :)

Great initiative!
This will be very successful!

Pretty awesome project!

Are you interested in add support for spanish communities?

I think there is a huge opportunity with the hispanic scene of Steem...

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We actually wanted to start a Spanish-language travel curation several months ago, but we could not find curators; Two users were interested, but they jumped off before the project started. If we could find a team of at least two curators who can commit to long-term regular curation, we would be happy to launch a Spanish-language TravelFeed and eventually integrate it into our dApp as well.

Well... I'm pretty interested in participate. Can we talk more on your discord?

Let me know.

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Looks awesome - going to take a more thorough look soon :-)

Thank you .. .please do and please give us Feedback ... it would help us to improve the platform even further!

Wauw what a cool initiative @travelfeed!
Congratulations with your beta release!
I surely will check out your website ;) Keep up the good work folks!

Amazing the work behind and the results of it.
This will please a lot of people.
Congrats.

We hope we can get travel bloggers outside of Steem to use it. Thank you so much for your support!

I am overwhelmed by all the opportunities on the Steem platform- nice to see you guys knocking out the Travel Industry. Cheers!

We instantly saw the opportunity Steem is overing to the travel blogger community. And yes, Steem is the place to be :)

This is awesome!

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It's a great work.
Can only English be posted to TravelFeed?

For now we only accepting posts in English but we hope to invite other languages soon if we can form, other dedicated curation teams. We also encourage to submit only English posts without adding multiple translations.

Thank you.
I would like to post in Japanese, so I am looking forward to the Japanese form.

Not bad :)

I think with your own token, it can be really cool to advertise later ( maybe some years) Hotels and Travel deals.

Love to see this :)

That's what we're aiming for ... thank you for your comment!

Unless you want to .. and yes TravelFeed is loaded with great travel inspiration and advice.

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Thank you for getting the word out!

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wow such a nice app, I love to travel and this is definitely gonna help me..... Thanks You can check How I climbed Mount Everest..... hahahaha

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Awesome .... hope to see you soon on Travelfeed!

Need to go and check it out on the pc...

What's the verdict? >>> :)

Havent got the time yet oops lol

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This is so important for crypto.

This looks amazing! I'm excited to see how the launch goes. Count me in

Sounds very exciting @travelfeed I wish you every success. (U & R )

Thank you so much and thank you for being part of TravelFeed!

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This souds great, will defenitly follow. Greetings from Holland :)

Thank you … and don't hold back any questions you might have.

Adoption is happening slowly but surely. I'll definitely be checking out your service.

Thank you! We hope to see your posts on TravelFeed soon!

Thanks for the post.

I am a traveler and this could be very helpful!

So awesome to see your posts now tagged with #travelfeed

That would be my pleasure

Good and better overview of travelling feed thanks for bringing the tag @travelfeed. Will love to join this great community

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