MAPPING THE EOS COMMUNITY, Part 2: Project List, Connectivity, and Intangibles
This is Part 2 of a SERIES that investigates active projects leveraging the EOS mainnet. Over 50 dapps were connected to through various wallets. It's an ongoing investigation that considers:
statistical trackers of decentralized applications (dapps) - [previously explored in Part 1]
connectivity - partially explored in the wallet guide and further here
lists of projects employing EOSIO technology - explored here
exchanges actively trading EOS token pairs (not yet explored)
tools used by developers, their commits, and community influencers (not yet explored)
Part 2 is not meant to be comprehensive by any means. The primary concern was to validate the top 50 dapps and provide avenues for further exploration. A verified diagram of active EOS projects is the final objective.
MAIN PROBLEM TO SOLVE
Effectively mapping the EOS community requires a dedicated team capable of conscientiously networking with existing and emerging projects. For this reason, the initial objective is merely to compile a list of projects exhibiting substantial activity while unveiling some of the inner-workings of the community.
Projects will be checked against trackers, maintained lists, token exchanges, and possibly tools. Also for consideration are the intangibles of loosely considered metrics like social media tweets following the PowerUp, LinkedIn information, trading pairs, etc.
The goal ofPart 1 was to validate trackers of dapp data. Part 2 draws upon Part 1's tracker information, advances it, and begins to compile a list of notable EOS projects. The focus is on verifying connectivity and better understanding the broad challenges faced by the community.
Hopefully, the brief examination of wallet providers added value to the EOS ecosystem. It can be considered Part 1a that aids the effort of connectivity and the project list compiled here.
FUNDAMENTAL LOGIC AND OPINIONS
About bias. An effort was made to investigate the EOS community from the point of view of the PowerUp transition state. With an initial list compiled, comparisons made to past diagrams should offer further insight. Such a comparison may also shed some light upon the development teams which endured, as well as the needs of the community.
About Development Teams. A verifiable list of teams alongside their projects would compliment this effort. It would show how projects, tools, and ideas emerge from groups. Insight may also prove valuable for navigating the underlying influences persisting within the ecosystem.
LiquidApps / Dapp Network illustrates the potential of far reaching impacts of groups and the challenges of classification (also see CATEGORY note). Consider the following statement:
Deploy Ethereum contracts and sign Ethereum transactions and actions from your EOS dApp.
How are the LiquidApp team’s projects best categorized in support of EOS? Ethereum? Other blockchains? For now, ‘Tool Developer’ and ‘Bridge Builder’ seem like useful category names. ‘Miscellaneous’ or 'other' doesn’t cut it.
About Navigating the Ecosystem. It doesn't take much to maintain an Index Page of active projects accessible through a particular wallet. Greymass Team did this for Anchor. If every wallet kept a validated (and current) list of dapps, there would be less user frustration and increased adoption (or at least retained users). That said, here are a few existing lists of projects:
Awesome Open Source - 30
GreymassTeam - 20
DeFiprime - 20 (DeFi projects)
2019 Block.one - 260+ (in development) and ecosystem diagram
2018 EOS Dapp List - 44 (13 examined)
About Connectivity. Sure, most people have a Twitter account that makes sign up easy. Twitter still requires an email, so that puts it at least two steps away from blockchain. Some apps only require a Gmail account; a nice set up, but still not blockchain at its core. Maybe one day Gmail accounts will be networked into a distributed wallet. For now, the dapps listed with ‘none’ under the LOGIN category (see table below) will hopefully serve to promote a blockchain state of mind and the connectivity at the heart of the matter.
TABLES OF TOP RANKED DAPPS TESTED FOR CONNECTIVITY
Table Notes. DappRadar was chosen as the ranking standard (see Part 1), and thus, the order of the initial list.
CATEGORY. Since most projects on this list are aggressively innovating, classifications weren’t rigidly considered. Though, for user benefit, dapp classification will likely be key for the completed diagram.
DR RANK. DappRadar ranking on March 25, 2021 based on Users over 7 days.
DAPP RANK. DAPP.com ranking on March 25, 2021 based on Users of 7 days.
SoD RANK. State of the Dapps overall ranking on March 25, 2021.
WALLET USED. Since Scatter and Token Pocket seem to be the most popular, they were regulated as secondary resources. Android (Wombat) was given priority because development is trending toward mobile.
PLATFORM. Usually, only one access attempt was made for either mobile or PC, not both.
LOGIN. None refers to no other requirement than a blockchain wallet. A modest effort was made to provide account information (e.g. twitter, FB, Google, email) where directed.
VALIDATION OF CONNECTIVITY TO 50+ ACTIVE DAPPS [date accessed: March 25-26, 2021]
NOTE: This investigation only scratches the surface. Consider the significance of low ranked Dapps like Danchor (26) and Chain Z Arena (40) with high balances and low users. Or AtomicAsset (38) that already has a large user base on WAX.
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS FOR PART 2 (Connectivity)
Fully investigating active EOS projects would put wallet providers under at least the same scrutiny as DappRadar:
Who make up the teams behind Scatter, Token Pocket, Wombat, Math Wallet and Anchor?
What are their objectives?
Why do some dapps work better on some wallets?
Who are the innovators of EOSIO-based tools?
Which are building bridges across blockchains?
Do users take precedence and have influence in planning?
Feel free to include additional questions for investigation and comment on how this project can be improved. For example, tool developers are invaluable. Their intangible contributions, immeasurable.
*The list below is meant for inspiration only. Anyone may add to it.*
Scribble Notes of tool providers:
https://github.com/DanailMinchev/awesome-eosio (“😎 A curated list of awesome EOSIO resources for users and developers.” )
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