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The data associated with a Universal Profile is always accessible regardless of the owner’s or the platform’s intentions. This is made possible through the use of decentralised platforms, namely LUKSO (blockchain) and Arweave (decentralised storage)
Through a social media interoperability standard proposed by the DROPPS team, your activity on LOOKSO (posts, comments, replies and follows) are linked solely to your Universal Profile and can be pulled by other social media platforms
Besides traditional social media features (posts, followers etc) LOOKSO displays other on-chain activity associated with Universal Profiles in a user-friendly manner, like contract interactions and value transfers
The dApp’s current version is live only within the L16 testnet. Once LUKSO’s mainnet goes live we will roll out the definitive version of our platform, along with a user-friendly interface for linking your testnet activity to your mainnet Universal Profile
LOOKSO is a decentralized social media platform combining user generated content with blockchain events. An incredibly rich feed displaying on-chain Universal Profile activity, such as contract interactions and profile updates, side by side with user posts, comments and likes.
The LOOKSO protocol leverages decentralized storage networks to minimize the data saved on Universal Profiles, based on the new LSPXX standard. A standard to promote complete interoperability and store social media data, ready to be consumed by any other project adhering to the standard.
Your social media footprint is permanently stored on the blockchain, according to standards adopted by the whole community. LOOKSO is merely a tool displaying this content and helping its users interact with the network. Anyone can use a different tool that adheres to the standards because all the content is referenced in each user's Universal Profile.
The LOOKSO plataform is a gateway to social media content stored on a decentralized storage network. A user's actions are performed by him, by logging in with his blockchain account on the platform. No information is ever stored on a centralized server. No identity information is kept. LOOKSO owns and controls nothing.
Uploading data to decentralized storage networks like Arweave has costs. There is also the cost of referencing such data on the LUKSO blockchain, under each Universal Profile's keystore.
In the beginning, we will cover the storage costs for you, as we develop novel techniques and optimizations to make the blockchain as inexpensive as it can be.
LOOKSO was built by DROPPS. DROPPS intends on becoming a hub for services pertaining to digital assets in the LUKSO blockchain ecosystem.
The core team is made up by Carlos Caldas (CEO), Samuel Videau (Head of Development), António Silva (Head of Research), Rui Pereira (UI/UX Lead) and João Figueira (General Counsel).
While IPFS is a decentralized storage network, Arweave is a blockchain tailored for storage. With built-in economic incentives, the cost of long-term storage is paid upfront by its users and the accessibility of content is guaranteed for as long as the network is alive.
Furthermore, Arweave transactions offer searchable information such as tags and timestamps for the data uploaded. A degree of traceability and metadata that IPFS lacks.
Yes. Your post will be removed from LOOKSO and from your Universal Profile as well. However, it cannot be removed from decentralized storage.
If a reference to your post is saved somewhere else, for example in someone else’s UP as a repost, it will still show.
You need to install the LUKSO Browser Extension and to create a Universal Profile with it. The LOOKSO platform is not compatible with generic wallets like Metamask because it uses the LUKSO standards.
The first time you use LOOKSO, you will be prompted to grant permissions to the Timestamping smart contract LIPXXTimeStamper, so it can update the Social Registry on your Universal Profile.
Although you can access the LOOKSO webpage on your mobile browser, you will not be able to log in until LUKSO releases a mobile version of their Universal Profile extension.
You can keep an eye out for their announcement channels so you know as soon as this happens!
LUKSO offers an ecosystem and a complete set of tools to simplify the experience of using the blockchain, while improving upon scalability and transaction costs. The two most relevant ones are the Browser Extension, which helps you interact with your Universal Profile, and the Transaction Relayer, which grants great flexibility and ease of use for handling transaction costs.
The LUKSO ecosystem, geared towards the creative industries, provides a promising landscape of interoperability and partnerships for a project such as LOOKSO.