Four simple tips to spice up your microblogging strategy

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Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Have you ever created a Tweet describing a cool chart? Have you ever created an Instagram post describing a fun moment with your friends? Or perhaps you are a LinkedIn user who likes sharing product updates about your startup.

All of those small content snippets classify as microblogging. A micro-blog is about writing a short message to engage an audience on an online platform, such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, TikTok, or Pinterest.

Why do we use microblogs?

Microblogging allows us to effectively communicate with other users using an informal, quick, and conversational style. …


6 Important values that turn followers into a loyal community

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Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

Most people can grow an Instagram account. Yet, having a lot of followers does not translate into an engaged community. You must understand that you have to keep your followers engaged. Therefore, your goal is to turn regular followers into a more loyal following or community of engaged users.

It’s not an easy task to keep engagement rates high. A study published by A. Guttman shows the following engagement rates for various account sizes among US-based influencers for 2019:

  • Account size of 1k — 5k: 4.6%
  • Account size of 5k — 20k: 2%
  • Account size of 20k — 100k: 1.66%
  • Account size of 100k — 1M: 1.46% …

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(Source: Unsplash via Thought Catalog)

With one-seventh of the human population using Instagram every month and half a billion people viewing Instagram stories every day, it has emerged as the biggest social media platform!

Every large corporation, influencer, and company is on Instagram and looking for ways to grow their presence and reach on the platform. There is a lot to social media than what meets the eye, and understanding the algorithm behind the platforms can help you master them. …


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We are hosting a developer all-day event in Berlin on November 19th, 2019. Includes SDK workshops, coding challenges, educational blockchain talks and networking sessions. RSVP here.

Two weeks ago, we introduced our Lisk Bills proof of concept that came with a webinar and guiding article to explain the code behind this blockchain application built with the Lisk SDK.

Lisk Bills was our first opportunity to introduce creating custom transactions in a fun, practical way. We investigated the use of different methods like applyAsset, undoAsset, validateAsset, prepare, TYPE, and FEE.

However, there is much more to be found. …


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The Lisk Bills webinar is now live on our YouTube channel. Subscribe for more educational developer content.

Lisk’s Alpha SDK Phase officially began in late July with the release of SDK 2.1.0. We decided what better way to showcase the potential of custom transactions than to create our own proof-of-concept (PoC) blockchain application. To explore the possibilities of custom transactions at their best, we decided to build an invoicing application and through this register two new custom transactions on our blockchain.

Introduction to Custom Transactions

Lisk SDK allows you to define your own custom transaction types where you can implement the required logic for your blockchain use-case. The custom transaction types are an extension to the default set of transactions that is already part of the Lisk Protocol. …


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TRON has recently released it’s new decentralized storage system called BitTorrent File System (BTFS) in collaboration with BitTorrent. The decentralized storage system is based upon the well-know Interplanetary File System (IPFS).

Initially, BitTorrent was released in 2001 and was one of the pioneers of internet-based file sharing. Now in 2019, BitTorrent seeks again to revolutionize the way we share data and how users are incentivized for participating in BitTorrent using blockchain technology.

Introduction to IPFS

Originally, IPFS is based upon the Filecoin ICO project which initially raised $250M dollars with leading investors such as Y Combinator, Naval Ravikant, Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures Sequoia and Winklevoss Capital. Considering how much they raised, we could see a clear need and interest for decentralized interest. …


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You shouldn’t start applications through npm when you have child processes natively supported by Node.js. In this article, we will provide a list of best practices for Node.js applications with a code snippet that outlines the core problem and shows you how to reproduce the issue in 3 steps. In short, we stopped using npm start to run our blockchain’s core and instead opted for using the native node command.

Introduction to npm and its most well-known command ‘npm start’.

Npm is the go-to node package manager when you are working on a JavaScript project. It allows you to install other people’s code packages into your own project so you don’t have to code everything you need from scratch. Npm also became famous because of its industry-wide usage of script commands that can be entered in the shell to start your application. …


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Recently, while looking for my blockchain innovation series, I came across Maxim Safronov, who is the project manager at Insolar. After a brief introduction to the project, it seemed interesting to me to write down what they are doing.

The main goal of the project is to become the most business-oriented DLT solution in the market. However, under the hood, we can find a lot of hidden innovation.

The main item we will discuss is the combination of node role allocation and sharding which allows the Insolar blockchain to reach a performance of over 19,500 transactions per second (proof at Insolar explorer). Added to that, the usage of these different roles in the network allows Insolar to process business documents on-chain which is a huge benefit for businesses and giving them legal rights on-chain. …


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You shouldn’t start applications through npm when you have child processes natively supported by Node.js. In this article, we will provide a list of best practices for Node.js applications with a code snippet that outlines the core problem and shows you how to reproduce the issue in 3 steps. In short, we stopped using npm start to run our blockchain’s core and instead opted for using the native node command.

Introduction to npm and its most well-known command ‘npm start’.

Npm is the go-to node package manager when you are working on a JavaScript project. It allows you to install other people’s code packages into your own project so you don’t have to code everything you need from scratch. Npm also became famous because of its industry-wide usage of script commands that can be entered in the shell to start your application. …


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Source: Hyperledger Fabric 1.2 Docs

The latest v1.2 release of Hyperledger Fabric introduces private data stored in SideDBs. This solution offers you the possibility to build “GDPR compliant” blockchain solutions. The following article will show you how to use these private DBs. If you are not yet familiar with the concept of private data on Hyperledger Fabric, check out the previous article written by Jonas Snellinckx.

Note: This is a technical article. We will make use of our Hyperledger Fabric Network boilerplate and our chaincode utils on Github.

Private data use case

To demonstrate the use of private collections, we’ll use the classic car example. The initLedger function will create ten new cars in our collection. All these cars can be accessed and view by anyone in the network. …

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