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Decentralized Social Media Apps

BitTorrent Live Returns as a Connected Social Content Platform

— April 26, 2019 — Tech
Blockchain startup company Tron acquired BitTorrent Live last year and has completely changed the angle of the app, which formerly offered a series of paid and free television channels. The new approach drives it towards a social territory, functioning similar to Snapchat and TikTok, where users are able to share and create content, becoming a social media app.

At the core of the app, the centric concept remains the same due to the decentralized network it's built upon and the retained peer-to-peer technology. The decentralized foundation of the network allows consumers to connect with one another and for businesses to also connect with their consumers. The new iteration of the BitTorrent Live app is available for beta testers beginning the second quarter of the year and set to be publicly available near the end of the year.
Trend Themes
1. Decentralized Social Media - The shift from BitTorrent Live to a social media app opens up opportunities for decentralized social networks that prioritize user privacy and control over data.
2. Peer-to-peer Technology - The use of peer-to-peer technology in the BitTorrent Live app showcases the potential for disruptive innovation in decentralized content distribution platforms.
3. Blockchain Integration - The acquisition of BitTorrent Live by Tron highlights the trend of integrating blockchain technology into social media platforms, enabling transparent and secure interactions.
Industry Implications
1. Social Media - The transformation of BitTorrent Live into a social media app suggests opportunities for the social media industry to explore decentralized models and user-centric platforms.
2. File Sharing - The continued use of peer-to-peer technology in BitTorrent Live points to potential disruptive innovation opportunities in the file sharing industry, emphasizing efficiency and direct sharing between users.
3. Blockchain Technology - The integration of blockchain technology in BitTorrent Live paves the way for disruptive innovation in the blockchain industry, aiming to revolutionize data privacy and security in social networks.
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