Following last months news, blockchain-based social media platform Steemit, where posters are rewarded financially for popular content, has formally announced plans to add the most requested new features to its site, including private messaging, notifications, and follow buttons. The addition of these new features will allow more connectivity between the community of over 70,000 members, and is expected to pique interest from users of other social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where these kinds of features are already commonplace.
CEO of Steemit, Ned Scott said: “Enhancing the diversity of our application-specific blockchain is a natural progression for Steemit. Private messaging is perfectly suited for a decentralized system and will empower users in a similar way to how direct messages empower users on Twitter. The ‘follow’ feature will enable community members to receive notifications as soon as their favorite authors post, and the notifications will work just like Facebook in that users will be alerted immediately upon a new post or upvote from their favorite contributors. These features are the pillars of current social media giants and we look forward to integrating them into Steemit over the coming weeks.”