Creating a curation economy
It might sound like a pipe dream now but one day, I think it will be a thing. For what it's worth, there are already people making a decent living from curation on Hive but in the general scheme of things, it's only a few and hasn't matured enough to be regarded as an economy.
The idea of earning from simply "liking" content is one of the biggest selling points of Hive. However, this kind of earning potential exists in platforms like Publish0x, Steem, and a bunch of other platforms as well.
As web 3 platforms continue to gain mainstream popularity, I suspect that we'll be seeing even more people take interest in this type of earning. Imagine onboarding half the population of Youtube to Web 3 platforms like our own.
Just the thought of it sends shivers down my spine. Naturally, everyone reading this right now will be an early adopter and you'd all most likely be super rich by then.
The point of this post isn't solely about the money, but about the potential of creating a mega-network that accommodates the masses that are stuck in web 2 platforms. The network and ripple effect it will have would ultimately encapsulate the world in a curation frenzy.
As the world continues to evolve and more people find ways to earn from the confines of their homes, the idea of a curation economy will continue to be perpetuated.
For example, on traditional platforms like Twitter and Instagram, people buy followers and bot accounts to "like" their posts. Those fake likes don't directly translate to earning but it gives the impression that many people approve and that could invariably lead to more traffic and more sales.
In Web 3 platforms where every user holds s stake in the platform, liking will be a bit more serious and people will have to invest in it.
What would it cost?
At a time when Hive and many other social Dapps have relatively low value, what would you say is the value of "likes"? What will the value of "likes" be when we 10X from our current position?
Also, if people are willing to pay for fake likes, what would they pay for actual likes that translate to some form of earning? How will the network effect perpetuate these earnings as we continue to grow?
There are a lot of questions with underlying excitement about the future. What I can say for sure is that as time goes on, the number of people who sit at home and earn from curation will continue to rise.
The Universe or is it Metaverse?
The world as we know it is going digital and it's evolving fast. This also means we're all getting lazier and would rather just stay at home and earn from likes.
In the next ten to fifteen years, the internet will be filled with tons of ways to earn from curation. When that comes around, we'll have ourselves a full-fledged curation economy.
Right now, I earn from likes and so do you, but we're still a minority. Many people don't fully grasp how it works and how it was created but we kind of do.
In the future, curation will be a source of employment and it'll be too loud to ignore. The curation economy will create entrepreneurs that literally sit at home, watch or read fun stuff and earn. At that point, the only problem will be working on our fitness because we sit on our asses all day.
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