It may be time to put to rest yet another effort to build a social network on a blockchain: The number of transactions on decentralized social network friend.tech has cratered after less than 20 days since its launch.
Friend.tech is trying a new spin on a decentralized social network by letting users tokenize themselves and sell “shares,” now dubbed “keys,” to fans and followers. People who buy these shares then become “shareholders” and can engage with the creator directly.
Activity on the app, running as an invite-only public beta since August 10, had declined 95% from a peak of almost 39,000 daily transactions on August 21 to about 1,400 at the time of writing, according to Dune Analytics data from user cryptokoryo.
Just seven days ago, I wondered if friend.tech’s early growth would be sustainable, and we can see clearly that the answer is clearly “no.”
Besides declining transactions, the inflow of funds on the protocol has also tumbled from $1.98 million at its peak on August 20 to about $8,300 today. Still, the app has recorded inflow of about $81 million in total, which isn’t insignificant for a platform this new.
To be fair, it isn’t uncommon to see declining user engagement after launch: Social media platforms BlueSky and Threads gained ample early traction only to see the hubbub fade in the following weeks and months.