A photo, a video or a short sentence. Upwards, I propagate. Down, I'm blocking. The content spreads like a virus until the algo eventually stops the contagion. Poetic, humanistic, idealistic? A little bit of that, that's true.
The application uses geolocation and artificial intelligence to propagate your content. Someone from your city is your relay and quickly, you cross the border and your creation begins a journey according to its relevance, originality or humour.
In the statistics, you can observe the fascinating journey of your post, from city to city, from continent to continent.
As a result, the comments are international and it becomes very interesting to analyze how one content is doing in Asia or another only in Brazil.
Your profile is mentioned as the author but do not count on Sola to feed your ego. Every time you publish, it is your neighbour first who filters you out. Therefore, everyone is on an equal footing and free to offer content whose quality will be the only strength. On the other hand, as a spectator, you become a new kind of critic with the power to block or intensify the spread.
In several weeks of use, I was exposed to a lot of varied, interesting and mostly benevolent content. Hate messages do not last long in the good depths of most people. Users form a kind of democratic panel where everyone has the same decision-making power on the longevity of the content offered.
Card format and algorithm
Sola uses a "card" format to present its content, unlike the traditional "newsfeed" of social networks. The user always sees one card at a time. Depending on his action (upwards: I propagate / downwards: I block), the user navigates through a stack of cards. Until you have performed one of the two possible actions, you will not see the following contents. This format ensures a higher user engagement with content than a traditional newsfeed. In addition, each map can contain sub-maps to enrich the content.
Assisted cartification is the result of the work of AI Summarize, a proprietary algorithm that transforms existing content into a map. To put it simply: if you paste the link to an article, the algo will analyze the titles, text and images and transform everything into a great map. This technology currently supports nine languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Turkish and Swedish.
Blockchain: a decentralization of content
The founders of Sola chose a technical architecture based on the blockchain. Most social networks are controlled and owned by a small group of people. By decentralizing the storage of content, Sola avoids attempts at censorship or blocking by states/organizations. Nevertheless, moderation remains an essential cornerstone for maintaining a healthy community. Sola's teams perform a soft moderation based mainly on user feedback. It should also be remembered that members can prevent content from spreading by blocking it from spreading.
Sola uses the IPFS protocol, which is based on a node system that assigns a unique "code" to each content and distributes it to each user. This technology avoids duplication of content and ensures greater security in the exchange of content.
SOL, the crypto-currency that pays creators
The application's business model is based on the SOL, a homemade cryptocurrency based on the ERC20 model of the Ethereum Foundation. To put it simply, it is a local currency used to reward content creators. Each user receives a certain number of SOLs upon registration as well as when performing certain operations (daily connection, reading comments, etc.). It is also possible to buy or receive them by contributing to the various technical development programs offered.
Each time a user validates and propagates content, he rewards the creator for a minimum amount of 5 SOL. So the more your content appeals to the community, the more it brings you back! On the other hand, creators are encouraged to offer relevant and original cards.
Sola is a new content-based social network where each user contributes directly, through their choices and by rewarding the authors of the cards that excited them. A healthy and virtuous relationship based on free and open technology. A dream? A utopia? For now, it's working! Sola has 800,000 users worldwide, having created more than 2 million cards.
The application is perfect for:
get in a good mood in the morning in the subway, contribute to a new free social network, pay content creators via a crypto-currency and boast about it.
*The application is not perfect for: *
selfy addicts and other self-centered content addicts, engage in an endless and bottomless debate where the godwin point comes up on turn those who don't see the difficulty in entrusting all their data to Facebook