tl;dr: With a free starter token, you can claim a place on the eternal Permaweb, powered by Arweave and never pay for storage. I did. You can as well…here.
Over a year ago, I wrote about Arweave’s innovative “pay once, store forever” approach. (Disclosure: advisor)
As opposed to “freemium” services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box which charge you an annual fee, control access to all of your data (privacy, censorable), or are centralized (security), Arweave is a blockchain-inspired solution.
Since it’s decentralized, your data is safer. Since it’s encrypted where you are the key holder, it’s private and uncensorable.
But the best part?
There’s no recurring payment for storage. Ever.
The Emerging Arweave Ecosystem
Like many other projects in the crypto space, Arweave has moved out of the theoretical, whitepaper phase into the delivery phase.
Today, there are 15 apps (and counting) that rely on Arweave.
Not all of the apps are super smooth and there are some bugs, but now, you can store a file permanently at an incredibly cheap price (it’s basically free)…forever.
- Message In A Bottle
Securely send a message to the future, without telling the present. ( Great for proof-of-predictions)
Article Publishing Platform (an eternal blog)
Prove that a file existed at a specific point in time. (prove that a piece of digital art was created, for example)
There’s a bit of friction in getting started, but nothing compared to most Web3.0 apps.
How to Experience the Permaweb in 4 Easy Steps
- To get started, go here and set up your wallet.
- Make sure you keep the keystore file safe and a copy.
- Once you have finished the verification process, go check out the growing number of Arweave Apps .
- Pick an app to experience.
Congratulations…you are on the Permaweb.
As long as the Arweave network exists your item will exist. So, yes, that is the caveat.
(Advanced: become a miner).
More Evidence of Decentralized Life
As I’ve said many times before, it’s critical to remember one thing.
Three years ago (heck, two years ago and maybe even last year), the solution that these Arweave apps offer was LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE.
Not that they didn’t exist, they could not have existed.
Today, it does.
How to Put Your Mark on the Permaweb was originally published in Data Driven Investor on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.