Interview – ChocolateLab

Hi ChocolateLab! Starting off the interview, I would like to ask you how you got into Skycoin and what you are currently working on? – I started as a crypto enthusiast writing articles on crypto and posting them on Medium under my name. Because of my article, I was then recruited to join a marketing organisation specifically focused on cryptos. My organisation was then contacted by Skycoin to help with marketing and that’s actually how I first heard of Skycoin. As a result, I began to go down the Skycoin rabbit hole and completely fell in love with the vision. It’s no longer just work at this point and I truly want to see a peer to peer decentralised internet to become a reality. We are currently working on the social media marketing aspects for Skycoin, explaining the Skycoin vision and keeping people informed with the development progress on Medium, Twitter, Reddit and Skyblog are part of our responsibilities.
CHOCOLATELAB
23.08.2018
INTERVIEWS WITH THE SKYCOIN TEAM
CHOCOLATELAB
INTERVIEWEE
CHRISTIAN OTT
PUBLISHER
Hi ChocolateLab! Starting off the interview, I would like to ask you how you got into Skycoin and what you are currently working on?
I started as a crypto enthusiast writing articles on crypto and posting them on Medium under my name. Because of my article, I was then recruited to join a marketing organisation specifically focused on cryptos. My organisation was then contacted by Skycoin to help with marketing and that’s actually how I first heard of Skycoin. As a result, I began to go down the Skycoin rabbit hole and completely fell in love with the vision. It’s no longer just work at this point and I truly want to see a peer to peer decentralised internet to become a reality. We are currently working on the social media marketing aspects for Skycoin, explaining the Skycoin vision and keeping people informed with the development progress on Medium, Twitter, Reddit and Skyblog are part of our responsibilities.

On which social media platforms is Skycoin most active and why?
Skycoin is probably most active on Telegram. I think the most important activity is on the Skywug forum and the Skywire Telegram. They are the actual builders and users of the network instead of just speculators. They are the most active platforms because that’s where actual builders and users hang out. While Reddit has a massive user base, it is mostly filled with speculators. Unfortunately our perception on Reddit is so far gone and demonised to the point where it’s very difficult to get traffic there.

Can you tell us a bit more about Skycoin’s growth on social media during recent months?
The problem with crypto social media stats is that it is highly obfuscated by the general market sentiment. Everything was getting massive traffic during bullish time and now in the bear market everything is much quieter. This isn’t just true for Skycoin but for all other coins too. However overall the trajectory is going up at a steady and consistent rate.

What do you think about the Skycoin community? How satisfied are you with their engagement on social media?
I love the devs and DIY builders part of the Skycoin community. I always enjoy seeing a new DIY miner. Of course the engagement is never going to be enough and we always would like more help. We need more people like you, Christian!

What plans does the social media team have to spread the word about Skycoin and grow public awareness about the project?
The main plan is to make the information around Skycoin and the vision as easy as possible to access. The recent article on CX was an example of that and we have one on CXO very soon. The ecosystem is simply too wide and technical for most laymen so it’s up to us to make the information as digestible as possible. Synth’s interviews are fantastic but realistically not many people will spend hours upon hours listening to Synth rant about random topics. We are going to publish our most comprehensive article to date on cyberbalkanization and Skywire. Essentially formalising the macro-thesis behind why cyberbalkanization is happening and how Skywire is essential in our fight to protect the borderless, censorship resistant and neutral internet. It is an epic 4 parts series where part 1 alone is over 3000 words. After a lot of research for this series, I think this might even be the most comprehensive article on cyberbalkanization on the entire web period. The original BTC white paper was very concise and the vision resonated with many people right away. Hopefully this series will effectively do the same thing but for Cyberbalkanization instead.

We also can’t forget to mention the people on the ground going to conferences non-stop around the world. We recently attended the ChainXChange conference in Vegas and now Hamburg and Melbourne. It’s actually getting difficult to keep track of.

That’s amazing! Let’s say somebody likes Skycoin and wants to get more engaged within the community. What would you recommend her/him to do?
Build a DIY miner, no matter how big or small. Document your building process and show the world. Tell your friends, family and neighbours about it. Understand and talk about cyberbalkanization. Start organising a MESH net group locally.

And many people already started doing that if we analyze the growth of Skywire nodes during the last few months! Thanks so much for doing this interview!