look-alike ‘Alpha’ emerges on Bitcoin network

The Bitcoin network got its own community-based social token ecosystem, after a new project emerged overnight called Alpha. 

Alpha is similar to the widely-known, Ethereum-based platform, as it acts as a decentralized social network protocol. It allows users to monetize their online persona and content creation via its social tokens.

However, unlike, Alpha has a different makeup. The finality is anchored on the Bitcoin blockchain, while the Polygon blockchain is used for data storage and then Trustless Computer is the project’s own scaling network for Bitcoin. 

A co-founder of the project, a pseudonymous user dubbed Punk3700 is quoted describing the makeup of Alpha, “a rollup that rolls up to another rollup that rolls up to Bitcoin.” 

Cointelegraph spoke with Punk3700 to better understand the developments behind the launch of the new Bitcoin-based social token network.

“Alpha implies a layered architecture that includes NOS-TC. Trustless Computer (TC) is an optimistic rollup layer that centers directly on the Bitcoin blockchain. NOS is implemented as another optimistic product of layers to provide additional scalability on Bitcoin.”

Optimistic rollups are also referred to as zero-knowledge rollups (zkRollups). He said the layers “work in tandem” to provide security and efficiency for the environment to deploy decentralized applications.

“NOS is configured with a hybrid design that uses Bitcoin for data validity,” he said, “and then uses Polygon for data storage – in the end, we settle on Bitcoin.”

“​​This will allow for flexibility with data storage for different needs because the fee on Bitcoin is insanely expensive. We believe that for those kinds of actions, we shouldn’t pay a lot.”

He said building up Alpha in this way helps benefit the users in terms of lowering transaction fees. According to Punk3700 users and the community are the main drive for the creators of the Alpha platform, who developed and launched in only 48 hours.

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“Alpha has a strong community-driven development approach,” Punk3700 said. He mentioned a new referral program currently being built which will allow users to earn 1% of their friends’ trading volume.

“This will encourage users to to invite their friends into the platform, and also will inspire content creators to create more valuable content.”

Alpha works by users purchasing tokens connected to content creators themselves, which are used to access exclusive content.

While Alpha is quickly amassing new users after its launch, recently posted on X about its decision to punish users who use forks of copycat versions of its platform.

“To make sure loyal users are rewarded fairly during our beta, users moving to forks and copies will automatically opt out of earning Points and forfeit existing points,” it tweeted. 

That came shortly after the platform was announced as “dead” by critics after a slump in key metrics including user activity, inflows and volume. It also struggled with rumors of a data leak – which refuted- of over 100k of its users’ personal data being breached.

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