BONGgoggles is the PUFFScoin hosted cannabis-infused social network. It is launched as a VERY bare bones network, similar to how Facebook felt “back in the day”. As developers, we have watched how different cryptocurrency projects have built forums for users to interact with the group and the project, but these are, generally speaking, populated by tumbleweeds slowly rolling across their digital landscape, or are full of mass marketing scam posts trying to lure dumb schleps towards the promise of instant riches. Instead, with PUFFScoin we decided to build a WHOLE SOCIAL NETWORK instead so that users can interact with each other by chatting, sharing photos, collaborating on pages and groups… and could become a bit of a vehicle for irreverence, “shits n’ giggles”, and to decompress after working on the code for the cryptocurrency protocols of the website you are reading now.
There were a lot of practical reasons behind hosting our own cannabis social network…. to have a forum to post about each of our PUFFScoin hosted dApps own pages, to have a quick and easy forum to communicate with our business partners on the other side of the country… and to blow off a little steam. Many of our distributed applications are philanthropic in their inception, our mission statement is to alleviate the PTSD veterans and first responders deal with via cannabinoid therapy, these are personal and deep convictions on the part of every member of the PUFFScoin executive team. But we’re also irreverent cheeky potheads who enjoy a good belly chuckle, too.
“Bong goggles” is loosely defined as the fact that everything is a bit funnier after a few bong hits, even the most mundane or inane truth. Face it, most of us smoke weed because it makes us feel good. BUT. EVIL CORPORATE CENSORSHIP!!! Facebook, Twitter, Google… all the big ones… have at one point or are still actively engaged in censoring posts and advertisements that have anything to do with cannabis. No matter that cannabis is now understood to be beneficial as a medicine for so many conditions, no matter that it is becoming legalized in more and more jurisdictions, it is considered by many of these corporations to be classified alongside heroin and the anarchist’s cookbook. Its the same thing now, the environment for advertising or discussing cryptocurrency.
BONGgoggles will be censorship resistant. There are some things that common decency will force censorship against, and we will guard against anything ridiculous on the site because we are decent human beings, and we know that some people aren’t and will take advantage of a free forum for the exchange of ideas and pollute it with what they can use for shock value. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and we respect that, but we also will impartially delete material that is patently designed to be morally offensive or racist and whatnot. We will hold people to a standard of social etiquette in so far as we have one simple rule here at BONGgoggles: DONT BE AN ASSHOLE. Be pleasant. We’re all here, a little bit stoned, and assholes just HARSH THE BUZZ.
Now, as we’ve stated, upon launch this service will be VERY VERY BARE BONES. Users can chat, send messages, post images, drunken poetry, cannabis manifestos, build their own groups of likeminded miscreants, or host pages. We wont have advertising gumming up the works. YET. I mean, it’ll probably happen eventually, because if we get big we’re gonna need a bigger server. BUT. We will vet advertisers. We will focus, naturally, on cannabis and cryptocurrency advertising, but we will make sure to cut advertising access to the scammers off at the knees. We cannot be responsible for the content advertisers publish on third-party sites but we can help keep the criminals and dumbasses from having an audience here.
We will be expanding the services we offer at BONGgoggles. Evolution is natural. We will be hosting games…. cannabis-themed of course… and our own personal favorite time wasters. We will establish marketplace extensions, a job board, dating apps and more. We will establish our PUFFS tipbot across the system, as well as faucet systems and other cryptocurrency services. We will compartmentally decentralize the service by migrating it onto the blockchain and integrating it with existing protocols such as Swarm and Whisper, and eventually will host the site entirely through the PUFFScoin blockchain and IPFS via the .bzz protocol.
Yes, we will build out support for Android and iOS platforms, and we will do as much as we can to drop stuff on the platform that users request, and as responsively as possible, but ask that users consider that BONGgoggles is a part of an overall project, which is REALLY BIG, and we’re already spending 12 hour days at this, we will do as much as we can to make BONGgoggles as entertaining as possible – as quickly as possible. But sleep deprivation and the corner store running out of energy drinks are situations we have no control over.