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Introduction


Slate is a next-gen, cross-chain NFT social platform designed to connect all of your digital assets to an easy-to-use mobile application. Slate simplifies storing and managing digital goods, provides a platform to share collectibles with friends and followers, and enables users to connect and collaborate with collectors and enthusiasts. Slate widens the NFT scope beyond buying & selling. Our goal is to give digital assets a social purpose outside the marketplace.

Our userbase consists of Curators—enthusiasts that mint, own, and share NFTs on our platform. Slate aims to reinvent user identification and usernames with "Curator Name NFTs". Rather than having your username be text stored in a database, as is commonly the case in modern social media apps, Slate encourages Curators to mint their username into an NFT. Your Curator Name NFT acts as your profile identifier within the Slate platform. Once a Curator Name is minted, it is a tradable asset that can be bought and sold within the Slate Curator Marketplace. Curators can change their name at any point, and all content will carry over. Curator Name minting is first-come, first-served.

Slate Galleries provides a new and intimate way to experience NFT content. Curators can host galleries and invite other Curators to feature their NFTs, creating unique, community-led experiences. Content posted to Slate remains fluid, existing in your social feed and within Galleries. Unlike current social media platforms—where content is posted once and forgotten about—content on Slate can be featured in new Galleries even after it is posted, continuously attracting new audiences and potentially increasing its value.

Social Tipping will transform how Curators in the Slate community interact and support each other. It is a user-to-user microtransaction that provides Curators with a quick and easy way to reward high-quality content and community involvement. Tipping is simple; Curators tip content by liking posts. Curators have the freedom to choose when and how much to tip. The Slate Token, built on the Solana blockchain, will facilitate all tipping microtransactions. Social Tipping empowers Curators to create a system that rewards high-quality content while disincentivizing low-effort content.

Slate has a fundamentally different approach to data collection and privacy, content ownership, and content diversity. We will anonymize all user-collected data, and we will never sell targeted ads against our users. Anonymized data will only be used to progress and optimize the Slate platform. In addition, all NFTs are verified for ownership through integrated wallets to ensure that only content owners can post their assets; Curators cannot screenshot content and post it as their own. Curators can explore and interact with NFTs from different blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, Tezos, Near, and more. We plan on integrating additional wallets as APIs become mobile-friendly.

Currently, NFT assets are primarily artistic, but we believe that the rapid progression of NFT technology will shift the way social content is shared, enabling everyday content to be quickly & cheaply minted into NFTs. Slate will continue to grow alongside the NFT community as tech becomes more accessible and the casualization of NFT content increases.

Slate acts as a hub for the NFT community to socialize, share assets, and tip each other by uniting segmented blockchains, projects, and communities. Through Slate's social features and community-building initiatives, Curators can reveal more about their personalities to the largely anonymous NFT sphere.

Features


Social Features

Slate's user experience will feel clean and familiar. We have adapted the best components from current social media apps while removing the revenue-first features that flood these platforms. Our minimalist approach appeals to both new and seasoned members of the NFT community by including only the essential social features that provide the best possible end-user experience.

Curators can like (social tip), share, and save content within their social feed and through Galleries. In addition, they can follow and unfollow individual Curators and Galleries. Comment threads will facilitate social interactions within individual posts, and Curators can discover trending NFT content and Curators through our explore page while visiting new and upcoming Galleries.

All Curators maintain a public-facing profile with multiple customization options, starting with Curator Name NFTs. Each Curator profile will be unique. We plan on releasing additional NFT assets, such as profile colors, formatting templates, and more. Our goal is to give Curators the ability to differentiate their profiles through multiple customization options through our Curator Marketplace if and when they wish.


Curator Name NFTs + Marketplace

Slate Curator Name NFTs will replace the outdated username structures of current social platforms. A Curator Name NFT is a customizable aspect of your profile that acts as your unique identifier within the Slate platform. All Curators are encouraged (but not required) to mint their name into a Slate deployed NFT. Curator Names are minted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Curator Name NFTs are deployed on the Solana blockchain and traded through the Slate Curator Marketplace. Those without a Solana wallet can quickly create a Phantom wallet when signing up for Slate. Curators can mint their names when signing up for an account or through their existing profile.

Curators have the freedom to change their Curator Name at any point. All prior posts and social interactions will carry over to your new Curator Name. If a Curator chooses not to mint their Curator Name, it can be taken if someone else decides to mint it. Curator Name NFTs marks the first of many customizable aspects of your Slate profile.

Curator Name NFTs are not a barrier to entry. It is our way of solving the fundamental issues regarding privacy and ownership caused by social media giants. Size and traffic have grown to massive levels on current social media platforms and have introduced many moderation issues. In pursuit of making their platforms a safer place, these companies continue to pull levers that have, in turn, blurred what it means to have free speech and ownership over content. They technically have rights on our content and profiles and can easily yank access to either of those.

Curator Name NFTs are our effort to inch closer to the true ownership of content and individual "domains.” Slate provides the tools for our Curators to put out content and ideas that they truly own and can't have revoked. Minting your Curator Name into an NFT allows more decentralized content to form and thus a clearer idea of what freedom on the internet means.


Slate Galleries

Slate Galleries are community-led NFT exhibitions designed to give Curators a new way to show off their NFTs. Galleries provide an intimate and curated viewing experience with immersive social and auditory features. On current social media platforms, content only stays relevant for a limited amount of time before being hidden by more recent content. Galleries give Curators the unique ability to share their NFTs multiple times through different avenues to new and diverse audiences. NFTs can continue to stay relevant, attracting audiences through various Galleries.

All Curators can create and host galleries and invite fellow Curators to feature their NFTs. Galleries can revolve around any topic, theme, or subject matter; the host determines the scope and the featured content. Galleries will only be live for a set time, incentivizing visitors to enter and experience the gallery. Galleries are digital social events designed to build followings, feature curated content, and generate hype. However, it is up to the gallery host(s) to curate an event that attracts visitors. A gallery consists of three primary elements: a public-facing gallery “card,” an experience page, and the curated content.

The gallery front consists of a customizable “card” displaying a featured NFT, the gallery name, and a count-down timer. It is meant to attract visitors and appears in Slate's “Galleries” section. Highly rated and trending Galleries will be featured in the “Explore” section.

Once a visitor enters a gallery, they will be greeted with the experience page; a description, a list of featured Curators, and a customizable Spotify playlist. This highly customizable page introduces the gallery and prepares visitors for the curated experience ahead.

Curated content lies at the heart of Galleries. Gallery hosts can invite individual NFTs or Curators to their exhibition and customize the amount and order of content. Much like an in-person gallery, each event will only be live for a limited amount of time. Slate Galleries will be at the forefront of social tipping.

Social Tipping


Social Tipping is a Curator-to-Curator financial tip that rewards and incentivizes high-quality content. The goal with Social Tipping is to add more intention and thought behind giving out likes which means only top-level content will generate traction, and there will be a reduction in random/mass-liking. Although we will start with only Solana, our Solana-based Slate Token will facilitate all tipping transactions in the future. The Slate Token functions as a “tipping token,” enabling Curators to give and receive tips quickly and securely. All Curators, big or small, can tip and receive tips. Slate aims to provide a new liking structure that benefits both content creators and viewers. Social Tipping reduces the content creator's need to rely on sponsored posts and pay-walls by providing an alternative source of income, resulting in better content for the end-user. Instead of posting content influenced by a company, Curators will create and share authentic and high-quality content true to their creative goals to earn tips. In addition, there is no need to hide content behind a paywall website. Social tipping will generate revenue while exposing high-quality content to a broader audience. The whole Slate ecosystem will benefit by establishing a reward cycle where only progressively higher quality is rewarded. Content creators are not the only ones that benefit; everyday Curators gain power and influence. By giving likes monetary value, Curators will take the time to think about which posts to like, providing a more genuine picture of what content is genuinely high-quality versus not. Social tipping will significantly reduce mass-liking and force content creators to earn your like—a task that is unnecessary on current social media platforms. Now Curators can influence the type and quality of content they consume with the power of their likes. Curators socially tip by “liking” a post. Curators can choose the amount of Slate Tokens to tip, with a minimum required for a post to receive a “like.” Tips are peer-to-peer microtransactions occurring on the Solana Blockchain. Social tipping can be public or anonymous. Tokenomics, IDO, and airdrop access will be released in Discord.



Why would anyone tip?


Reward high-quality content

Incentivizes content creators to prioritize quality over quantity. Curators will not be mass-liking content in their feed, only high-quality content.


Ability to influence

By giving likes a tangible value, users have the power to influence the type of content they want to see.


Support content creators

Social Tipping creates the possibility of immediate financial gain when you create and share quality content.


Slate Galleries

Reward high-quality, curated experiences.


Reduce reliance on sponsored posts

Content creators have an alternative source of income through social tipping. Less sponsored posts lead to a more authentic end-user experience.


It feels good

Tipping always feels good.

Wallet Integrations


Supported Wallets

Curators can post NFT assets through integrated wallets, including Metamask wallet (Ethereum), Phantom Wallet (Solana), Flow wallet (Flow), and many more. Simply connect your wallet to your account, and Slate will automatically pull the images and videos of your assets. We plan on integrating additional wallets and blockchains as APIs become mobile-friendly.

All Curators can create a Phantom wallet natively through Slate upon creating an account. A Solana wallet will be necessary to mint your Curator Name NFT and begin Social Tipping.


Asset Management

Each curator maintains a private and public slate within their profile. All assets in a connected wallet will be accessible through the curator's private slate. Curators can choose which and when to post an asset to their feed (public slate). Assets within your public slate can be entered into a gallery at any time.

The NFT sphere's current challenges


Prevalence of Marketplaces

NFT assets lack a purpose once purchased from the marketplace. Aside from niche applications, the NFT community is missing a dedicated social platform designed for NFTs.

Slate is a social-first platform focused on giving NFTs a purpose, not the buying and selling of assets. NFT assets should be shared & talked about, not hidden in a wallet.


Segmented NFT Space

The NFT space is broadly segmented with numerous blockchains & wallets, operating on various platforms and isolated communities.

Slate promotes blockchain diversity by supporting multiple wallet integrations on a single, easy-to-use platform. Currently, Slate supports Ethereum, Solona, and Flow (plans for Tezos in the future).


Lack of personality

Wallets lack personality. Current NFT platforms lack social features which reveal a user's personality.

Build your persona by sharing your NFT collection, hosting curated galleries, and social-tipping fellow curators.


NFTs as a POC

Currently, NFT technology is still in a POC phase, demonstrating the ability to track digital media. The barrier to entry remains high, and most NFT assets remain digital art.

NFTs will leave the POC phase. Rapid progression of NFT technology will result in lower costs & greater accessibility. The scope of NFTs will expand beyond digital art to everyday social content.

Social media's current challenges


Low-Quality Content

Current social media platforms incentivize quantity over quality resulting in low effort & clickbait content. High-quality content is hidden away behind pay-walls.

Slate incentivizes quality of content over quantity of content through social tipping. By giving “likes” value, Curators influence the quality of content they expect.


Content Ownership

Established social media companies maintain extensive licensing rights over your content; they have complete control. Companies can share, license, and generate revenue with your content without your consent.

Content posted on Slate remains decentralized. Content ownership stays with the NFT owner. Slate only serves your content on our platform.


Content Integrity

Anyone can screenshot or download your content and post it as their own, all without giving you credit.


Data & Privacy

Social media companies generate revenue through data collection and targeted ads. Personal data is constantly collected with little to no knowledge of where or what it's being used for.

Slate anonymizes all user data collected on our platform to protect the privacy & safety of our users. Data is only used to improve Slate and will never be sold to advertisers - targeted ads are NOT part of our business model.


Mass liking

The prevalence of “mass liking” posts on current social media platforms rewards low-quality content. Likes have lost value due to this. Creators deserve better.

Through social tipping, likes gain tangible value, empowering users to influence the content they consume. Curators now have to earn your like; low-effort content will not gain traction.

A Next-Generation Social Platform


Data Anonymization

All data collected by Slate will be anonymized to ensure the privacy and safety of our users. Slate will only use anonymized data to develop the Slate platform further. We will never sell targeted ads on our platform.


Content Ownership

Ownership of all NFT content posted to Slate remains with the curator. Slate does NOT claim any intellectual property rights over your content. Slate only serves your content to other users.


Social Tipping

Social tipping is a key feature of the Slate ecosystem and business model. It is a user-to-user financial tip to reward high-quality content. The goal is to ensure content creators release the highest quality content to earn “likes.”


Road to Web 3.0 DApp

Slate maintains a decentralization-forward approach gearing towards the inevitable adoption of Web 3.0. Initially, we must manage Slate as a centralized system to release on current app stores, especially the Apple App Store. However, we are taking steps now to prepare our platform for the eventual shift towards decentralization.

Apple's App Store's Review Guidelines prevent decentralized iOS applications from being listed, preventing DApps from mass adoption. Without a viable Web 3.0 DApp store alternative, Slate will stay primarily centralized. Our approach will focus on bringing the best NFT social app possible while working alongside the community to develop a viable plan to decentralize into the future.