Since the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network was upgraded in May to add a host of new technical features, a number of new apps have sprung up using the resurrected OP_Codes and updated OP_Return transactions.
Developers are only beginning to explore the potential of these features, and already, the results are impressive. Apps like Blockpress and Memo.cash were created shortly after the upgrade to take advantage of the improvements, offering their users access to increased character limits and other features.
On the strength of these and other OP_Return innovations, a developer by the name of ‘Unwriter’ has come up with a further three platform extensions—Chainfeed, read.cash, and a Twitter bot called _opreturn—which integrate with platforms like Memo.cash as well as the Twitter API.
With apps like Memo and Blockpress gaining early traction, the number of messages being written into the Bitcoin BCH blockchain has never been greater. Chainfeed allows for easy monitoring, allowing users a birds’ eye view of all message content being written to the blockchain in real-time.
Introducing Chainfeed Firehose API: a public API for realtime messages on Bitcoin Cash, powered by OP_RETURN. This is what Twitter API could have been. Now thanks to open protocols like @memobch and @BlockPressApp Bitcoin shall take over from here. https://t.co/oGsdHSrwju
— _unwriter (@_unwriter) May 22, 2018
The app’s interface gives an overview of all OP_Return transactions being posted in real-time, with filters available for Blockpress and Memo contributions. This info can then be shared from the Chainfeed interface.
Describing the platform’s functionality, the app’s developer said there are two main tabs to the UI: all and featured apps. According to its creator, “all” is the raw OP_Return feed, while “featured apps” is designed for applications like Memo.cash or Blockpress, which have their own overlay protocols. In an interview with news.bitcoin.com, the developer said: “It’s still early days so there aren’t many apps that make use of the OP_Return data transaction feature yet, but we will probably see a lot of exciting apps soon.”
read.cash was developed as an aggregator for Bitcoin Cash-centric social media posts, allowing users to draw together posts from Memo, Blockpress, and Yours.org, giving them the chance to manage all of their tethered wallets from one interface.
1/3 Two cool new features added to https://t.co/3pg8xEv9Td today: "Shareable wallet landing page" and "Add multiple wallets with one URL". See thread:
— _unwriter (@_unwriter) June 12, 2018
Users can reload their wallets with QR codes or through the Moneybutton app, as well as being able to watch other wallets by public address.
Finally, Unwriter has created _OPreturn, a Twitter bot which monitors and posts messages from collected by the Chainfeed platform API to Twitter. The bot has already been prolific, posting as many as 3,322 tweets directly from the Bitcoin BCH blockchain since it was launched. The majority of its content appears to come from Memo.cash, but Unwriter expects this to dilute over time as more services become supported.
the revolution will not be tweeted. the revolution will be op_returned. https://t.co/LEhMnYRHFf
— _opreturn (@_opreturn) June 13, 2018
According to the developer, the app transforms “Twitter into an application-specific Bitcoin sidechain.”
These are just the latest apps and extensions to be developed for the BCH ecosystem, with countless others known to be in development.