It wasn't too long ago, when 80-90% of all Steem posts were done via steemit.com. Things changed slightly when busy.org, the mobile apps (Esteem, Partiko) and later steempeak.com got more popular, but Steemit.com barely lost its dominance. With a growing number of SteemEngine tribes, also a lot of other interfaces to the blockchain became available, like https://palnet.io, https://steemleo.com, https://sportstalksocial.com, Appics, and others. Those typically provide a subset of all Steem posts matching certain tags.
Are those tribe interfaces actually used, or are people just using the tribe tags for additional chances for rewards?
Root/Toplevel posts per day
I'm looking here into all root/toplevel posts that were created within one week between Jan. 10th and Jan. 17th 2020. Here is the total number of posts created per day:
The numbers vary slightly, but we're in the order of 5000-6000 root posts per day.
Apps and interfaces used to create root/toplevel posts
Here's a distribution of the apps and interfaces used to create the posts from the given week:
Steemit.com is still leading the distribution, but only with a total of around 30%. The next largest app is appics with 8.6%, which is also the largest tribe app in the given data set. The list is followed by steempeak (6.9%) and busy (5.6%). In total, I found slightly more than 100 different apps in the meta data of the posts (different versions of the same app already merged).
Tribe apps, tribe tags and general purpose interfaces
For the next step, I'm dividing the posts into 4 categories:
- Created with a general purpose app/interface (steemit/busy/steempeak/partiko/...) and without using any tribe tags
- Created with a general purpose app/interface and with using at least one tribe tag
- Created with a tribe app/interface (appics/palnet/steemleo/sportstalksocial/...) and using at least one tribe tag
- Created with a tribe app/interface and without using any of the tribe tags
Here's the result per day:
Around a forth of all posts were created with a general purpose app and did not contain any tribe tags. This is more than I expected.
Around half of the posts were created with a general purpose app and did contain at least one tribe tag. This is interesting, because it also means that those posts use tribe tags but didn't use any of the tribe apps/interfaces to the blockchain.
Another forth of posts were created with one of the tribe apps/interfaces and did contain at least one tribe tag.
Only a minor fraction of posts were created with a tribe app/interface but did not contain any tribe tag.
Picking two examples
I've chosen two contrary examples here to show that the situation across tribes can be very differnt. I plot here how many posts were done directly from the tribe's interface, from another tribe interface or from a general purpose interfaces. I'm using PAL (palnet.io) and APX (appics app) here:
Only 1.6% of posts with the #palnet tag were actually done from palnet.io, 2/3 were done from general purpose apps and the remaining part was done via other tribe apps. This is in great contrast to Appics, which had more than 90% of posts tagged #APX created via their app, and only a small fraction from other interfaces.
- The alternative general purpose Steem apps and interfaces, and especially the tribes, were able to reduce the dominance of steemit.com for root level posts to around 30%.
- Around three quarters of all toplevel posts to the blockchain use at least one of the tribe tags.
- However, only around a quarter of all posts are actually done via one of the tribe apps
- Appics is currently the most 'active' tribe with both posts per day and posts actually made with their app.
- The usage of the tribe apps with respect to the according tribe tags varies greatly across tribes.
I realized I barely use the tribe interface, I mostly read via steemit or steempeak and typically post via busy (and use tribe tags) - which around 50% of Steem authors seem to do likewise. Which interfaces and tribes do you use? Let me know in the comments!
This post was possible with the free Hivemind DB access provided to me by @emrebeyler - Thanks Emre!