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Steemit is a blogging and social networking website owned by Steemit Inc that uses the Steem blockchain to reward publishers and curators.[3] The Steem blockchain produces Steem and Steem Backed Dollars which are tradable tokens obtained for posting, discovering, and commenting on content.[4]

Steemit Logo.svg
Type of site
Social news community
Available in Mainly English
(content is also available in several other languages, e.g. German, French, or Spanish)
Alexa rank Decrease 1,788 (May 2018)[1]
Registration Free. Mandatory for editing.
Users + 1 Million users
Launched March 24, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03-24)[2]
Current status Active

Steemit, Inc. is a privately held company based in New York City and headquartered in Virginia. The company was founded by Ned Scott, and Dan Larimer, creator of BitShares, and EOS.[5][6]



User accounts can upvote posts and comments similar to other blogging websites or social news websites like Reddit, and the authors who get upvoted can receive a monetary reward in a cryptocurrency token named Steem and US dollar-pegged tokens called Steem Dollars. People are also rewarded for curating (discovering) popular content. Curating involves voting comments and post submissions. Vote strength and curation rewards are influenced by the amount of Steem Power held by the voter.[7]

Steemit includes third-party applications, such as DTube, a decentralized video platform based on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) protocol. DTube is similar to YouTube, but without advertisements, instead uses the built-in Steem currency which gets awarded by users upvoting videos.[8]

Monetary systemEdit

Steem is an original token design that is not based on any predecessors. The Smart Media Token (SMT) protocol (developed by Steemit inc.) builds on the base Steem token and allows anyone to create an entirely new token, backed by Steem. SMTs allow any website to financially reward content and comments created by the site's users and allow the definition of unique rules for the new SMT token that are independent of those affecting the original Steem tokens. As of December 2017, listed Steem with a $475 million market capitalization, and ranked Steem tokens 32nd of 1,358 cryptocurrencies. User actions such as upvoting facilitate Steem's Proof-of-Brain algorithm, which also factors in the Steem Power a user holds, to provide incentives for content creators and the community by transferring small amounts of the Steem token currency.[7]

Steem began with a highly inflationary supply model, doubling roughly every year.[6]

On July 4, 2016, Steemit, Inc. launched Steemit, a social media platform with virtual currency rewards that runs over the Steem blockchain. On July 14, 2016, Steemit announced on their website that they were hacked. The attack, according to them, has compromised about 260 accounts. A little less than US$85,000 worth of Steem Dollars and Steem are reported to have been taken by the attackers.[9]

Unlike most digital currencies which are difficult to access for the majority of the world without any money to invest, Steem removes the friction for the average person to join in the cryptocurrency world by allowing earnings via posting without needing to buy in first.[10]


Joe Lee, co-founder and CIO of digital currency trading platform Magnr, told CoinDesk, "Whether Steem succeeds as a digital currency will be more a reflection of Steemit’s success as a platform as opposed to the economics of the coin itself. This is a good example of a digital currency whose value will be closely affiliated to its utilitarian value as a social networking and sharing platform."[11]

"I'm skeptical about 'appcoins'/'appchains,' and Steem is very much one," stated algorithmic trader Jacob Eliosoff.[11]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ " Block Explorer". Steemd. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Chohan, Usman (February 2018). "The Concept and Criticisms of Steemit". Economics of Networks Journal: 8 – via Social Science Research Network (SSRN).
  4. ^ J, Jacob (May 9, 2016). "Steemit: New Social Media Platform Which Pays You to Post". Cointelegraph. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Redman, Jamie (June 9, 2016). "Steemit Social Media Platform Pays Its Users, Sees Massive Growth". Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Hayes, Adam (July 26, 2016). "Steemit: The Disruptive Blockchain-Based Media Community". Investopedia. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b MacKenna, John (December 21, 2017). "How Blockchain-Based Cryptocurrency Can Make Online Publishing More Profitable". Nasdaq. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Dollentas, Nigel (August 23, 2017). "DTube: Steemit User Builds Foundations of a Decentralized YouTube". BTC Manager. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Dhaliwal, Shivdeep (July 15, 2016). "Steemit Website Hacked, CEO Promises to Reset Accounts in 48 Hours". Cointelegraph. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  10. ^ McMillen, Andrew (October 4, 2017). "The Social Network Doling Out Millions in Ephemeral Money". Wired. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Bovaird, Charles (July 23, 2016). "New Digital Currency Steem Provokes Doubt of Market Observers - CoinDesk". CoinDesk. Retrieved May 6, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Steemit publishing platform
  • Steem cryptocurrency used by Steemit
  • DTube third-party video platform on Steemit