Cryptosocial by Allen Taylor: You Must Read this Book!
October 19, 2022 - Reading time: 6 minutes
***This was originally posted to the Hive social media blockchain using [Ecency](https://ecency.com)***
I dont often do book reviews. And by often I actually mean "ever". But I have to say something about this book. I am going to say that I think everybody should read this one. Especially if you are interested in decentralized social media. I learned of this book in wee early morning hours today. I was drinking my coffee almost 12 hrs ago at the time of this writing. When the author commented on my post from yesterday. He was stating that he would like to be a guest on the new podcast and was all "by the way here's a book I wrote", lol. My first thought was cool. Now I for sure have a couple of people that want to come on the show.
But then I read the title of the book and to say that my interest was peeked wood be an understatement. But I had no time to spare at the moment. Had to get ready for the day job. But through out the day I found myself looking harder and harder at the description of the book the more enticed I was. So by the time the lunch hour rolled around I was genuinely intrigued. I plopped down the money to buy it and tore into it on the Kindle Cloud Reader. It's currently $13 on Kindle $27 for paperback. It's listed on a few other sites as well for similar amounts. I will link those all below.
But the book!
OH, the book, for me is a constant page turner. Only stretching to 252 pages spanning10 chapters plus all the references contained in it. It could be a really quick read for some of you super readers. But not for your old Unkle Bonehead.
I found myself reading a chapter and then reading that chapter again. Seemed like after going through it once I felt like I was missing something. And I think I am going have to read this a few times to fully grasp the full concept and scope of Cryptosocial: How Crytopcurrencies Are Changing Social Media by Allen Taylor.
The not a review review
As I said I have essentially read this book twice today. Each chapter twice. What I read is basicaly the culmination of what I have looked at the last two years but not anywhere to the extent to what Allen has covered in this book. I only knew of 4, maybe 5 or 6 of the social media platforms he talks about. I had no clue there was that many of them. I also had heard things about Minds and BitChute were supposedly on blockchains. I have accounts on both of them. I've never saw anywhere that they had blockchain aspects or crytpto currency related to them. All I knew about them was that Minds seemed to be more like a super tight club to get any traction on let alone try to build an audience with and Bitchute was where I could find all the tin foil hat wearers. Lol. Ya gotta admit there are some strange ones on there.
He mentions my beloved Hive in it a lot. Personally I wish there could've been a bit more about Hive in there. But thats probably my bias showing. You all know me I am not shy about my bias towards Hive. It's given me a lot of opportunity over the last 2 years and the people on it are very genuine and generous who dont mind laying out the facts and letting you form your own opinion on things. All while not hating you for it or trying to force your way of thinking.
He talks about how the blockchain has gotten into social media, working its way through gaming and NFT's and even where its going in the future. Allen presents this in a style thats very easy to understand. He doesnt ever try to sway anybodys opinion on one blockchain over another. Nor does he dive into any specs of the technology behind them. I gotta say hes my kind of guy. He just lays it all out to you in a neat, organized way so you can do with them what you want.
I don't ever recommend books to read but I think I'm going to start. And the first one you need to read is this one. This book has not only made me rethink my direction with the podcast and blog already. But I will say that if you want to know exactly what you are getting into with social media blockchains and decentralization this is a must read! The links below are NOT affiliate links. The links are taken directly from his site.
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