Busy, busy, busy.org

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"We don't crash ever. If the servers are down for even a day our entire reputation is irreversibly destroyed."
- Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in the film, The Social Network

Who remembers the film The Social Network, the Hollywood drama about the F-word? I always thought the above line was a little hyperbolic. I mean, sites go down occasionally, even big corporate sites like banks. It happens, it's annoying, then things go back to normal.

But when I looked at the data for busy.org over 2017 (which I derived by the "app" information from the json metadata in steemsql) I came to the conclusion that perhaps it wasn't so much of a stretch after all.

Here's the full year chart for busy.org. As usual, individual author numbers and article numbers per day are on the left hand axis; author and curator payouts are on the right hand axis.

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And here's a close up for busy.org over the last three months:

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And here's the same three month time period for steemit.com (on a much larger scale):

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See that dip in the steemit data at the start of October? See the busy.org data taking off at around the same time? Do you remember the date of the DDOS attacks on Steemit.com? October 5. Was that the first time you used busy.org? Yeah, me too.

Of course, this is an inference I'm drawing from the data. There may be other, completely unrelated reasons for the rise of busy.org. But the really interesting thing is not that people migrated across from steemit.com to busy.org. That's only natural when a site goes down. The interesting thing is that they stayed. The numbers are rising pretty steadily. And they've captured some of the bigger fish too. And even some pretty well-known mammals.


Staying busy

So I've produced a few analyses looking at the market share of the different Steem blockchain platforms recently, resulting in some interesting debate. One commenter suggested that:

"...there is no reason why people should choose Busy over Steemit because they both serve the same function."

Challenge accepted! Here are three reasons why you should consider using busy.org:

Reason 1) Free upvotes!

All upvotes are free. But some upvotes are more free than others. The
busy.org bot will upvote your post
as long as you:

  • post using busy.org
  • use the tag "busy"

And that's it. Pretty simple, eh?

The upvote is based on the amount of weight in Steem Power (Vests) of your followers. Now I remember reading this article and thinking that it probably wouldn't be worth my while. But today was the first time I actually made an attempt to look at the numbers.

So here's the scatter graph of aggregated vests of followers against vote amount for users that received a busy bot vote on 24 November 2017:

[Technical aside - feel free to skip on if you're just reading the narrative.
In order to plot this chart you need to extract all the busy.org vote weights for votes made by busy.org on a particular day from the Comments table, link each vote recipient to all of their followers in the Followers table, then link all the followers to their account balances in the Accounts table. And aggregate appropriately.
Once you've done this you plot aggregate follower vests for each recipient against the vote weight which you've multiplied up by the 100% (or so) vote amount for busy.org.
And if it all goes to plan you should get a broadly straight line.
It's one of those pleasing moments when you don't think it's going to work at all and then...]

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So the first thing I thought when putting this chart together was: Wahey! Straight line!

And the second thing was: OMG. $6 upvote just for pressing the "Write post" button. This game is so rigged!

While you're here, if you found this information useful, don't forget to follow me! I'll follow you back etc.

So I'm at 2.5bn, hanging with all the cool kids in that bottom left hand square. It looks like I would get about a $0.35 upvote. So I'll be checking that out with my next non-utopian post!

If you want the big $6 upvote though you'll need 50bn in follower power. We're talking @jerrybanfield or @sweetsssj here (Both of whom are busyians. Or is that busyists? I'm guessing it's not busybodies.)

Reason 2) Vote slider and vote amounts!

Reason two is some enhanced functionality around voting and vote amounts. On Steemit you have to wait until 500 Steem Power for the vote slider. On busy that functionality is available for everyone, irrespective of Steem Power. And with the launch of Busy v2 (in beta) at the start of November, the vote slider is both prettier and more functional!

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Now you can see the expected amount of your upvote as well as the percentage. Very useful!

You can also see the vote amounts that very generous people have added to your posts. Thank you people! (This screenshot is redacted - I'm never sure what you can include on utopian from this perspective. Also I'm British and we don't talk about money, it being vulgar. Or something.)

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Reason 3) Resteeming older posts!

Reason 3 is something that came up in a conversation with @creatr yesterday. On steemit.com you can't resteem posts that are outside of the seven day voting period. But what if you find an old gem on someone's blog that you want to send around again? Maybe you know of a great post with useful tips for minnows that you want to send round every few months.

Well on busy.org that option is available. Again, very useful!

So there we go. Three very good reasons for trying busy.org is you're not already a convert!

There's lots of new interesting functionality in addition to the above. The official busy post is here:
https://busy.org/busy/@busy.org/busy-v2-is-now-in-public-beta


Questions

If you have any questions or spot any errors please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!


Methodology and Tools for Analysis

Raw data was obtained through sql queries of the Comments, TxVotes, and Accounts table in steemsql (thank you as always @arcange!) using Valentina Studio.
Data was analysed in Numbers, the mac spreadsheet tool.
Data was obtained across all of 2017 for some charts and for 24 November 2017 for the busy.org upvotes.



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Do you remember the date of the DDOS attacks on Steemit.com? October 5. Was that the first time you used busy.org?

This was indeed the first time i used Busy.org, i try to use both to be honoust. Steemit for the transactions and busy for all the other things!

Ugh FINE. I'll migrate, but I won't be happy about it. ;)

Give it a whirl! I think you get up to two upvotes a day.

$0.46 from my busy.org post test this morning. Maybe I got some new followers! Or the price moved since 24 Nov? So many variables.

Sorry it was a mistake

Well, whatever posts I make from Busy does not get any upvote from Busy. Am I doing something wrong?? Didn't know where to ask the questions so asking here

Two possible reasons as far as I know:
a) It's been down for a few days - but I got a busy upvote again late yesterday so that should hopefully be fixed now
(b) You need a minimum amount of follower power - here's a great analysis from @crokkon and in the comments it explains how to test that:
https://busy.org/utopian-io/@crokkon/the-busy-org-free-upvote-bot-adoption-by-users-and-performance-since-nov-2017

Hope that helps!

Hmm, thank you for explaining it. The article indeed is very helpful. It is strange that newbies like us are not supported by Busy in an indirect way unlike Utopian which focuses on good content. Hopefully when I have that much of steem power in my followership, may be I will try to use this app again and start posting to get some rewards from it.

Wow great work! That's really interesting to see all these data thank you for that report, i love that.

Thanks @fabien!

And great work on busy. It's looking really good!

I might just give busy a try!

I think it's worth a look!

Very interesting, I had seen overall number of votes from the attacks and the level of votes remained consistent. I had not seen details on posts

Thanks Paula!

It would be interesting to know what proportion of votes comes through Steemit and how many are automated. That could be a reason that votes weren't affected. I don't think that's in the database though.

If you could work that out then I take my hat off to you. I haven't found anywhere it is recorded yet myself

If only busy.org would do some regex foo and replace the steemit.com in articles with busy.org. I know it’s expensive computationally but there’s solutions (possibly also other than regex even) and it would be a massive UX improvement.

I had never heard of regex foo - it sounds like a Wolf Alice song! But I get what you're saying. Have the links made with steemit.com regenerate to pointing to busy.org pages instead.

Yes, if it could be possible, this is a great idea!

Yup, that’s the thinking. It can actually be done in multiple ways, one would be on blockchain level and regex is another option.

I’m pretty sure a smart dev could also do it with some js, intercepting clicked and redirect them. That’s what many ‘related content’ advertising solutions do and computationally it would be a lot less heavy (and thus cheaper) than have regex rewrite each URL on the fly when served.

EDIT: Included my link to my Utopian rant suggestion about the problem.

Cool I just used the reblog old post option with a post from 7 months ago about busy.org so That is really cool I also enjoy the features when writing a post and having the markdown buttons at top to fancy up my words.

It's very useful I think, that reblogging function for old posts. Some posts are worth sending round again even if there are no rewards for it.

I remember being on busy the old one, the only thing I didn't like i like when you comment an get replies and reply over that same reply over again it gets irritating as the comments get to the right and get smaller and smaller, and you keep scrolling, now it's fixed, yeyyy😁😁😁😁

I think the interface is pretty good now. I really like the vote strength and amount indicator. I always have busy up for that alone!

Yeah, that's accurate, but I'm facing a small problem, in parameters, how do I get that to reduce? It won't go away lol maybe I'm still new to this

Ah, this one I do not know I'm afraid.

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Hey @mcfarhat.

I see @utopian-io didn't upvote my post on the latest round. I've seen that happen before but do you have any idea why it happens? And will it be picked up in the next round?

Hi Mini Tiger,

I found this a bit late but still upvoted. This post has helped me so much before posting for the first time on Busy.org and I thank you for that. I followed you (gladly) and hope to stay in touch.

Hey! No problem @ilyastarar. I'm glad to have been of help!

All my post are made with @busy.org and I use the tag busy on all my posts yet I do not receive upvotes for all my posts. Why is that? What am I missing? Is there a limit on upvotes or are there other requirements that I'm missing? This post only has 2 requirements and I have always fulfilled those yet not every post I make get's the upvotes, thanks for reading this and please advise as to this issue.
Thanks

I am not getting upvotes from busy while posting from busy website and mentioning busy in tags.

Tell me the reason for this ???

Two possible reasons as far as I know:
a) It's been down for a few days - but I got a busy upvote again late yesterday so that should hopefully be fixed now
(b) You need a minimum amount of follower power - here's a great analysis from @crokkon and in the comments it explains how to test that:
https://busy.org/utopian-io/@crokkon/the-busy-org-free-upvote-bot-adoption-by-users-and-performance-since-nov-2017

Hope that helps!

Earlier bot was voting me but from last many posts that was not voting.

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An interesting explanation @miniature-tiger

With the same manner we congratulate you for this great article. hope everyone is on good health

I am posting through busy.org but I am not getting any upvote from busy.org. what is the matter

I'm not associated with busy, I just carried out the study.

But my guess is that there are some quality controls around the vote to stop people taking advantage with spam posts.

Thanks for the post, I had no idea that to activate busy u had to post from the busy site as well, but it makes a lot of sense now thst i think about it lol.

12 days upvote did not trigger:)

How do you check your aggregated vests of followers?

I used an SQL query on steemsql. I haven't seen anywhere that you can check otherwise.

Sangat bermanfaat terutama bagi kita pemula di steemit yang mungkin minim votes. Terima kasih banyak.

Hello, why is it I usually use busy.org and tag busy, but no upvote?

Two possible reasons as far as I know:
a) It's been down for a few days - but I got a busy upvote again late yesterday so that should hopefully be fixed now
(b) You need a minimum amount of follower power - here's a great analysis from @crokkon and in the comments it explains how to test that:
https://busy.org/utopian-io/@crokkon/the-busy-org-free-upvote-bot-adoption-by-users-and-performance-since-nov-2017

Hope that helps!

That's a great help. Thank you for sharing the answer and the link that will help me understand it. Appreciated it.

I made a post yesterday using busy.org and the busy tag and I didn't get any upvote.

Hi Busy......

I always use busy.org, but I have never got upvote from usy.org. hopefully one day busy.org will give upvote for me. thank you busy.org

Thanks for sharing valuable post.
I continue follow your post.
I appreciate your contest