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.
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.
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
With feedbacks, we found:
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.
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.
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.
Based on ideas from pioneers, we have a deeper insight into on-chain data.
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.
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:
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 →