Lenster is a decentralized, and permissionless social media app built with Lens Protocol 🌿
Lenster lives in the Polygon network so users can interact with dApp seamlessly with zero gas fees, no one can take down any content from the app even the admins, Lenster is powered by Lens Protocol a decentralized social graph built by Aave companies 👻
The Problems with existing social media
There are a lot of social media platforms out there, and we should agree they provided us great service but also we should agree there are a lot of problems still persists
• Personal Information: We need to give a lot of personal information that is not needed for the platform or useful for consumers like IP address, Browser fingerprints, Location data, etc... • Privacy: There is no privacy on the existing platforms, all the data we gave are sold for advertisements, and all our posts and chats are monitored by 1000s of mods and admins. • Spam: Current model create tons of spam against the user, because spamming is free you don't need to pay any money to spam. • Downtime: The app we use right now is prone to downtime because that is hosted by a single company with a limited amount of servers.
The Problems Lenster solves
• Personal Information: You don't provide any personal information except your username (it's your choice) and wallet address, and we don't collect any sensitive information and it's difficult to store those in Smart contracts. • Privacy: Lenster or the Lens team doesn't have access to moderate your posts, everything you post is public and you are responsible for it. • Spam: In Lenster you need to sign for everything, that's the nature of the Blockchain, no one want's to sign their identity for spamming • Downtime: Lenster is hosted in a decentralized chain and decentralized file storage system IPFS, this means there will be 0 downtimes and no one can DDoS the platform.
• 👥 Create user profiles • 🌠 Create posts • 💬 Comment on a post • 🪞 Mirror (sharing) posts • 💰 Create crowdfunds • 👥 Create communities • ➕ Follow profiles • 🎨 Publish NFTs • 🏞 Collect NFTs • 🔔 Notifications • 💌 E2E encrypted DMs • 🚀 Launch a DAO from the profile follow NFTs
Release of Lenster beta to public mainnet, and allow all users to try Lenster without any gas
General availability of the Lenster web app, we will be hiring some devs to improve the dApp and make use of the Gitcoin funds as bounties to the devs. And we will kickstart the development of the mobile app.
Launch the Lenster DAO and make use of Lens follow NFTs as governance tokens that can be used to manage our DAO with a lot of groups and subgroups built-in like Ecosystem, Public Goods, Meta governance, etc.
Why a Gitcoin Grants?
• We want to make the app more accessible without paying any gas, the grant will help us to recharge our relayer address. • We are looking for frontend developers to develop the dApp and make it more usable. • We are looking for mobile app developers to develop and ship Lenster iOS and Android apps. • We are looking for QA engineers to make sure our dApp doesn't break in the middle.
• Next.js as a frontend framework • TailwindCSS for design • Lens's official Indexers for API • Polygon for on-chain storage • IPFS for file and metadata storage