Murmur is a new age, decentralized social media platform, dedicated to microblogging. And it is built on the EOS blockchain.
Our reason for existence
Murmur envisions a future where power belongs to the people and they are empowered in all the right ways to control their personal digital experiences, especially on social media platforms.
On the face of it, Murmur is an effort at making social experiences free from the outsized influence of platforms and algorithms. At a deeper level, Murmur aims to combat the problems faced by people using conventional social media platforms such as selective censorship, the spread of falsified information and the commercial exploitation of user attention and personal data. Simply put, we are dedicated to creating a safer, fairer and more rewarding space for social interactions online.
What can you do on Murmur
On Murmur, you will be able to perform the following basic actions
- Murmur : broadcast a short, 256 character text message to all their followers, with the option of attached images.
- Whisper : send a private message to another user, protected by public-key encryption
- Snoop : express appreciation for a murmur, by clicking a button which increases in count with every such user action.
- Yell : broadcast an existing murmur to all their followers, with an optional comment.
Getting started: How to create an EOS account and why this is essential
Murmur exists on the EOS blockchain and all publishing happens directly on the immutable ledger of the blockchain. Learn more about EOS here.
To use Murmur, then, a user first has to create an account with the EOS blockchain. This account then continues to be their Murmur account and can be used, among other things, to transact different tokens on the blockchain network, and to take part in broader EOS ecosystem.
Murmur is giving away FREE EOS accounts to all new users. Learn more about this on murmurdapp.com
Note that EOS accounts are paid accounts. To learn about paid RAM, CPU and NET refer to this article. There’s some information in this article as well, towards the end. Read on to learn more.
Existing EOS account holders can directly import their account to start using Murmur, using only their private key.Note that Murmur does not store your private keys and they only exist locally on your device.
To create a FREE EOS account on Murmur
1.Download and install the app on your device.
2. Click on ‘create an account’ and follow the steps prompted. Note that EOS account names must be of 12 characters and comprise of alphabets between a and z and/or numbers between 1–5 only. Eg: abcdefg12345
3. Your account will be activated by us between 24-72 hours. This means that we will pay for creating the account and stake some EOS towards RAM (one time only). If you exhaust this, you will have to stake more EOS for publishing on Murmur. So it helps to be mindful about what you publish and share on Murmur.
What happens after creating an account
New accounts created on Murmur get activated in up to 72 hours. Users then set
- a security pin,
- have the option of following recommended accounts, and
- are lead to the home/feed page.
From here on, all of Murmur’s functionalities are ready to go, including a highly secure EOS wallet.
The wallet is a module in the app, which stores the private and public keys of the user. The tokens themselves live on the blockchain network and are assigned to the address accessed by the private key. The in-app wallet hence allows the user to put the tokens they hold to use, by helping them to send and receive tokens through the wallet.
The security pin prevents other persons from accessing their account on their own device. Whereas, for recovery of accounts with lost keys, it is highly recommended that users back them up somewhere safe, such as on a piece of paper in a secure compartment.
MUR token and User rewards
Murmur supports an attentional economy, as supported by the MUR coin. The MUR coin/token is paid for by the platform (at present) and can be used on the platform to establish a microeconomy on the internet, which gives users a chance to monetize their own attention and data. This happens by rewarding users for being active by murmuring, snooping and yelling, and for completing tasks put up by partner enterprises (such as watching an ad).
The token economics are carefully designed to ensure that users are appropriately rewarded for the social value they create on the network. The utility of the token would then be to capture this social value and to act as a mode of exchange between partner enterprises, the platform, and the users.
RAM, CPU, and NET: EOS account resources
Every action on Murmur takes place as an EOS blockchain transaction. The transactions on EOS don’t require a fee but, instead, are sustained by resources dedicated to individual accounts. Namely CPU, network bandwidth and RAM. Users have to ‘stake’ or pledge EOS tokens to have appropriate amounts of resources allocated to them.
These resources get used up in a battery-like fashion and are replenished every 24 hours. Murmur helps you keep track of and re-allocate them, through its Wallet module.
What does limited CPU mean for users?
The resource that will mainly limit the time spent by users on Murmur is CPU. Since the CPU-cost of an action fluctuates on the blockchain, it is difficult to predict how many actions are possible in 24 hours by a specific account. This means users will have to keep track of their CPU usage in the Wallet section; which we still believe is a small price to pay for the freedom of speech.
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We’ll be publishing app tutorials in a few days and these should help you navigate murmur easily.
For concerns and queries, please drop a note to one of the admins of t.me/murmurdapp or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more about Murmur, visit murmurdapp.com