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Today, we’re gonna talk about what everyone is talking about… Friend.Tech.
It’s the new social media dApp taking crypto by storm. And it’s everywhere.
**Scrolls through social media**… sees posts about Friend.Tech.
**Hops into Discord**… sees messages about Friend.Tech.
Even the Amazon delivery guy asked me about it yesterday.
So we decided to dig deeper and visit distant parts of the internet (aka the Land of Page 8 Google Search Results) to find out everything we could.
Here’s what we got for you today:
Wtf is Friend.Tech
What everyone is saying about it
Milk Road Take: Sh*t or Legit?
WTF IS FRIEND.TECH? 👀
First, let’s start with the basics…
What is it? Friend.Tech is a new decentralized social media app built on Coinbase’s new blockchain, Base.
It calls itself “the marketplace for your friends”.
It integrates with Twitter and lets users trade tokenized shares (called “keys”) of other users.
Tokenized shares are priced using a bonding curve, so as more shares get bought → the higher the price goes up (and vice versa).
Ownership of “keys” grants access to a gated chat room with that specific user and other keyholders. And many more features are expected in the near future, such as images and media.
Right now, chatting is a one-way street: keyholders can direct message the user they bought shares for, but the user can only send messages to the entire group of keyholders.
Users earn weekly points for their activity on the app (P.S. – there are rumors these points will convert to a future token airdrop.)
There’s a 10% fee on every transaction – 5% goes to the platform and the other 5% goes to the users whose shares are being traded.
It’s invite-only, so you need a code from an existing user in order to join.
Friend.Tech only launched 12 days ago but has generated a ton of hype.
It’s even attracted some big names – including athletes, pro video gamers, and OnlyFans creators. (aka The 3 Horsemen of Influencers™)
According to Dune Analytics, Friend.Tech has:
1M+ total transactions
$62.5M in total trading volume
90,000+ unique traders
The top creators have made $100,000+ in revenue
(The crypto rookie is putting up seasoned vet numbers.)
But, a few people have also pointed out some red flags…
🚩 The founding team is anonymous and has ties to previous crypto projects that launched, got traction, and then…*poof*… disappeared into thin air.
🚩 When users link their Twitter accounts, it gives Friend.Tech certain permissions – like the ability to post and repost. (If you use the app, we recommend revoking these permissions in your Twitter settings.)
🚩 Even though it’s an app, it can’t be installed from the App Store and bypasses all of the privacy and safety requirements. Some think this puts users at risk.
The biggest red flag people see is the pricing model. Early investors can get cheap shares, pump the price up with the hype, and then dump on later investors.
And when you draw it out, it kinda looks like…
So, now for the million-dollar question…is Friend.Tech sh*t or legit?
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FRIEND.TECH – SH*T OR LEGIT?
And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…
The Million-Dollar Question: Is Friend.Tech sh*t or legit?
Let’s take a look at what others are saying:
Long term friend tech probably fails.
– most startups fail
– even higher % of social startups fail
– founders are anon
– speculation can lead to unwind
– crypto is hard
And that’s okay.
I will always support teams that innovate and get more people to play with L2s and ETH.
— Yano 🟪 (@JasonYanowitz)
Aug 21, 2023
Biggest takeaway from Friend Tech so far
Using tokens that give you access to crypto gigabrains, celebrities, and attractive women as a medium for speculation is a lot more fun than doing the same with tokens that give you access to discords with angry 30-year-old unemployed men
— Cirrus (@CirrusNFT)
Aug 21, 2023
Friend Tech has more chance of going mainstream than every PFP project put together right now
Let it be the Trojan horse
— Mando (@rektmando)
Aug 21, 2023
Friend tech is another get rich fast bullshit pipe dream.
Instead of believing in values, concepts, ideas and tech over the longrun we keep chasing the thrill and fast money – the social media and crypto sickness.
Nobody built something meaningful in a day.
I put literally… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— UnknownCollector (@UnknownCo123)
Aug 22, 2023
I’m changing my tune on friend.tech.
I think it’s a scam! Here is my reasoning;
They sell shares that they create to buyers and give the influencer a small cut.
In essence they are using influencer’s egos to raise money for the project!
Am I wrong?
— Ran Neuner (@cryptomanran)
Aug 22, 2023
even if you are bearish friend.tech there is absolutely no way that other influencers see ppl like faze make 50k+ in fees in a day and don’t at minimum make an account
can reevaluate staying power in a couple months but that is the first domino falling not last imo
— Ansem 🎒 (@blknoiz06)
Aug 21, 2023
All of these non crypto creators signing up to Friend Tech should prove that royalties drive mass adoption. The very thing NFT traders dislike.
— Jonah 🎮 (@RealJonahBlake)
Aug 21, 2023
Milk Road’s Take: Crypto investors are a lot like cats…they get attracted to shiny objects.
Right now, Friend.Tech is the shiniest one.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the next big thing. We’ve seen other projects (like BitClout) try this in 2021. It drummed up a bunch of hype and then died down.
In the short term (next 6 months), we see the Friend.Tech mania continuing. Weekly airdrops will incentivize trading and more and more non-native crypto users will join once they see their fellow influencers making thousands of dollars a day.
In the long term (6-18 months), the future is foggy. Once the weekly airdrops stop, it’ll come down to how good the app actually is, and with the current state of features (one-way chat, crappy user interface, etc) we don’t see the app's hype being sustainable.
Crypto apps are hard. Social media apps are harder.
Combine the two, and you almost have the sequel to the next Mission Impossible.
With all that being said – whenever a new hype train comes through crypto, it’s always a good idea to try it out.
It’s like hearing a party next door, and you’re just sitting in your house playing Scrabble. Put the boring stuff down and go check out the party.
But remember the golden rule: only invest what you can afford to lose.
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Aug 21, 2023
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