What is Gaideo?
Gaideo is a decentralized media streaming site. At first, it enabled video sharing but it has since evolved to allow sharing of other content like photos and music. All content on Gaideo is encrypted unless users decide to share their posts publicly.
The Gaideo project started soon after I discovered the Stacks community and Stacks technology. At the time, I found myself dissatisfied with the centralized internet and wanted to contribute to one completely owned by users. With Stacks, I was able to connect with a project and community that values decentralization and ownership. As the only developer on this project, it’s been amazing to have such a supportive community guiding me and answering my questions throughout this process.How has Gaideo progressed since you received a Stacks grant?
Since receiving the grant, Gaideo has added the ability to share music, a wonderful suggestion from the community. I’ve also developed an improved playlist feature for videos and songs that makes it much easier to create a playlist.What kind of impact does Gaideo have on users?
The mission of this Gaideo is to incorporate all the positive things about social media, like creativity, learning, and community, and eradicate the negative aspects such as exploitation, greed, and censorship. This can give people a more positive experience of social media overall.
Gaideo also allows users to own their data. We use a storage system that encrypts user data, built on the Stacks open source blockchain
, called Gaia
. This allows users to control how their data is shared (such as the content and location of their data, at any time). Encrypting the content is beneficial for privacy because it ensures that only users can see their data. Without encryption, users’ media content can be viewed without their consent since anyone on the internet can access data in Gaia storage anonymously.
Other social media services like Facebook and YouTube are free but the catch is that these sites get to own users’ data and share it with advertisers. With Gaideo, you can enjoy its features free of charge and your data will not be used for business purposes. Moreover, I, as the owner of the site, can’t access anyone’s data (and I wouldn’t want to!). What are your future plans for Gaideo?
Currently, Gaideo works on desktop and Android, but not on iPhones. I want to eventually develop an app for iPhones so that Gaideo reaches an even wider audience. Expanding Gaideo’s mobile experience will definitely make it more accessible to users.
Interested in creating a Gaideo account for yourself? Sign up for a Blockstack ID and try it out here