Why we built Mest?

Written on August 20, 2022

Hey Blockchainers,

Same as me, you must be fascinated by the idea of blockchain but also lost in it. You spend the whole day lingering on different wallets, blockchain browsers, markets, data analysis, staring at Twitter, Substact etc., overall is just to get a peek of the on-chain world.

What is Mest?

The Mest team has been working on an on-chain data product in the past few months, we hope to achieve 2 targets well: 1) To help the general public easily understand the on-chain data. 2) To assist creators on monetization and follower acquirzation.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to join imToken Wallet and build everything from scratch in the past 6 years. and when I started my new adventure, I found what attracts me is still a product for the public and public goods. The Alpha version of Mest was released recently. I think now is the time to share more product details with everybody, as well as some “odd” ideas in my mind.

What is Mest

Where is Mest from?

The idea of Mest comes from life.

When I built imToken, it was easy to stay with users as close as possible. They might be the passengers on subways, strangers you meet randomly on the road, they don’t know me, but I have known the little blue conch (imToken Logo) on their mobile phones well.

Some voices from users

  • We still don’t understand a transaction.
  • Too many things we care about and too many opportunities we chase.
  • We follow influencers and believe what they say.

With feedbacks, we found:

  • It’s comparatively hard for users to consume complicated data and charts etc., text is the most straightforward way as always.
  • Requirements are diverse, composability is the only way out.
  • Homogenized products will be the trend whether you like it or not, only stories and people behind them are diverse and constantly changing.

This is why we translate on-chain data into stories. Creators could compose different widgets and describe them in text format. So Mest has 3 core features.

  • Simple. On-chain data will be presented as out of the box components, making it simple to use.
  • Composable. Any components can be composed and connected with others.
  • Storytelling. Text, but not only text, Users could also put into any variables from components and run mathematical functions with them to better narrate the on-chain story.
Where is Mest from

Mest is not a big and unspeakable narrative.

We are just choosing to do something a little better with the needs that are already there. Every individual user is real and specific, so their lives, actions behind the screen should be specific too. Understanding who they are, how their portfolio performed, whether the projects they invested are running well, etc. are critical enough.

The Philosophy of Mest

We believe that a good product should have its own philosophy, it determines what we SHOULD NOT do and this is always more important than knowing what we SHOULD do. We were inspired by the《Project Xanadu》founded in 1960 by Ted Nelson. Ted Nelson declared a world in this way:

The presentation of information is nonlinear, i.e. they are written and browsed out of sequence. Information consists of different modules, and those modules are indexed to each other in a bidirectional way. When anyone cites someone else's work (i.e. modules), he/she should pay per citation. This system should be constructed on the basis of electronic money.

Unfortunately, this is not Web3.0 or Web5.0, this was the envisage of the Internet 60 years ago.

Project Xanadu

Based on ideas from pioneers, we have a deeper insight into on-chain data.

  • The entropy of blockchain is limited. As a decentralized ledger, blockchain consensus is inevitably precious, exploring among these limited public data, we provide high quality and classic components instead of disorganized and useless data.
  • Modularity is the best choice for composability. Modular designs are everywhere, they are free, diverse and rational. How wonderful the story is completely decided by the modular contents and their creators’ imagination. We design the “framework” to satisfy users’ needs instead of producing FMCG.
  • Excellent contents are interconnectable. Just like the composability of blockchain, when modular contents become stories, those stories and their interconnections could help users better understand the on-chain world. Sometimes, the interconnection of information is more valuable than information itself.
  • The world is a collection of stories. Stories are Memes delivered generation to generation, we chose “Story” as our symbol rather than complicated figures and charts because this is the simplest analogy we could ever think of.

As game producer Hideo Kojima understands Meme:

Memes are spread through connections between people. Everything is a story. The mechanism that connects “Me” and ”Me” across eras is exactly the behavior of reading, repeating and eulogizing the story. Everything lives in stories. Whenever and wherever people read them, the insights they get will not be the same, and things people choose to get to the bottom also vary person to person.

As those behaviors continue, new Memes emerge.

The Mest Itself

We believe users will know what is happening on blockchain without understanding what it is, just like you don’t have to know how the World Wide Web works when you are browsing Wikipedia, everything is as natural as breathing.

To make it possible, we are working on something:

  • Looking for scenarios. Mest team will produce some classic on-chain scenarios including but not limited to portfolio, security, DEX, NFT, DAO etc. together with other prestigious teams (imToken、Keystone、.bit Community、Primitives Land)
  • Developing widgets. With continuously accumulating scenarios, we are expected to produce more Widgets, and these widgets can be shared and presented cross-platform. We believe the best way to demonstrate openness is to make Mest widespread.
Mest Product

Why Mest?

There are Etherescan, Dune, Nansen etc. why would we need a new Mest? The mind of Mest is to discover a way to narrate on-chain data. We believe tools shape narrative and narrative shape us.

Johannes Gutenberg flourished art, poetry and architecture through Typography, Tim Berners-Lee sparked the internet with URL, HTTP, HTML etc.. We just stands on the idea of pioneers to build a user-friendly tool for everyone and display the “Neverland” depicted by the blockchain.

Mest isn’t all-powerful, we focus on one thing —- To help you truly understand on-chain data and connect you with others.

If interested in Mest, please visit mest.io