I have always been fascinated by the idea of a social media network where contributors are paid in 'cash for likes' or can be tipped for their content. I think this will be essential to keep journalists and artists surviving as revenue streams continue to dry up for content creators.
At first I was a frequent poster on Steemit, but many things there annoyed me. So now I post on Monappy. Here's why:
Even though this site is in Japanese (which I cannot speak or read). I saw quickly that it's super convenient to transfer money in, out, and to other users. The tipping on here allows you to give as much or as little as you'd like and you can cash out at anytime. Steemit is such a pain in the ass if you want to cash out. And you can only 'upvote' people's posts which only lets you tip a predetermined amount.
Steemit has taken the Reddit approach. Monappy has taken a sensible approach to their layout. The front page is super easy to navigate. Steemit is full of dropdown menus and you'll likely need at least 3 or 4 clicks to get to what you want. Less than 2 on Monappy.
Monacoin is known by foreigners as the 'cult cryptocurrency' of Japan. This means it has a small, but very loyal following. When I joined Steemit and started posting, I got a few generic or bot-generated comments on my content. However, on Monappy, people were actually interested in my content and had thoughtful feedback to give. This is a tighter community that is not here strictly for self-promotion.
On Steemit if I just want to look at pictures, I have to hunt and search and hope to get lucky. Here I just scroll through the picture feed. On Monappy you can do more than just look at content, you can also buy stuff from the marketplace.
Let's be honest, sometimes when we go online we just wanna see certain things. They also have +18 content on Steemit, but to find it takes a lot of hunting and clicking on random content. Although there isn't much +18 content on Monappy, it's super easy to access and will become a hit of more people adopt this.
Now the obvious problem is that many people don't know about Monappy, and for foreigners it's hard to join the community if they cannot read Japanese. I was able to do so by using Google Translate, but there are still some things that I can't access or am not familiar with. I think that if Monappy wants to expand it's reach, they will definitely have to integrate English into their website.
However, I'm not sure if that's something the community wants. Maybe they like it how it is now, but from my perspective, I see it as something with huge potential and more benefits to offer than Steemit. So that's why I plan on continuing to post here and telling my creative friends to join the community.