Editorial

Erik Gibbs

Bitstagram review: A unique method for storing, sharing photos on blockchain

Imagine being able to store hundreds of thousands of pictures on a medium that is permanent, uneditable and which will be around until the end of time. Saving pictures to a cloud storage hub isn’t a bad option, but plenty of these have already gone under without warning, leaving their users unable to retrieve their memories. This type of permanent storage is going to become the norm, and Bitstagram is getting the ball rolling. It’s only possible because of the powerful capabilities of the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain.

Bitstagram was first introduced by the highly prolific developer known only as “unwriter.” He set the stage for picture storage in February when he announced the “world’s first Bitcoin Native photo app that lets you take a photo on your mobile phone and upload to the blockchain.” Not only is it possible to upload pictures to the BSV blockchain, but they can also be manipulated, thanks to sepia, pixel and blur filters.

Now, users can take a picture from the smartphone or tablet (even a desktop computer) and upload it directly to BSV. You need to have a MoneyButton account, but saving the pictures doesn’t cost anything. The tie-in provides verification data so that your picture will always be identified as yours, even if someone were to try lift it and claim ownership.

There’s even an option to include comments on photos that have been uploaded. Eventually, all of the facets of Bitstagram provide the ability to monetize different components of the upload, if desired, and the platform is a great example of how much can be done with the BSV blockchain.

It’s only the BSV blockchain that can accomplish this, too. While all blockchains have limitations on their block sizes that are capped extremely low, BSV is the only blockchain that has, thanks to Quasar, pushed the block size cap to 2 gigabytes (GB). In next February’s network upgrade, the cap will be removed, allowing blocks of virtually any size. Despite opponents’ assertions that large blocks were not possible and would break the blockchain, BSV has proven them all wrong, restoring the original Bitcoin design.

Bitstagram is a perfect example of the amount of real-world development that is occurring on the BSV blockchain. It shows how flexible and useful the network is and joins the ranks of other professional developments that are being constantly added to the blockchain. Given how much has already been accomplished in such a short time, it’s fascinating to think about what will be possible in just a few years.

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