I think the Clan and Company in Torum are features to build communication between projects and their supporters based on the whitepaper:
By utilizing the concept of social media as its foundation, Torum is set to form a one-stop crypto ecosystem that connects worldwide crypto projects and communities together. The interface of a blogging platform greatly limits the expansion of platform features and functionalities such as real-time messaging, custom emote integration, etc. Since interaction among users is greatly neglected, these platforms fail to deliver an actual community building effort. Upon this discovery, Torum positions itself as the first social media platform that advocates the concept of crypto-focused. By centering the interest of the community, TORUM is able to form a community base made of mostly cryptocurrency users. As the community expands, the strong niche network effect will attract more cryptocurrency users and projects to the platform.
A clan generally works like a forum with the addition of a Chatroom for all Members to interact instantaneously. Users can create a casual community that interests other people. (https://www.torum.com/help/general/clans)
However, isn't there something missing in the clan? That is famous influencer. We need someone like Vitalik in Ethereum clan, Roger Ver in Bitcoin Cash Clan, Andreas Antonopoulos who is a famous crypto educator, Justin Sun, etc. I am sorry for being harsh on all of us including myself but this platform may not go far if only nobodies are in it. Well, there are only two solutions for this, and that is invite famous people or go out there and make a name for yourselves and become famous yourselves.
Company Profiles are basically an instrument for blockchain and cryptocurrency based projects/entities/startups to present themselves professionally across Torum. They are allowed to showcase their Company Details to the public for Users to recognize and know more about their presence and operations. Company Profiles are also treated as “Users”, where they have their own @username, allowed to create Posts for their contents and updates, as well as react to other contents across Torum. In addition, they can also associate with a certain Clan (with or without the same name) to build their own Community, allowing their fans, followers and employees to interact with one another. Moreover, Company Profiles are also allowed to Create Events exclusively. (https://www.torum.com/help/general/company.
Anyone is allowed to create a company but no one is allow to impersonate other companies where in other words nobody is allowed to pretend to own a company that if it is not your company than do not create it unless you have permission. Why not start your real company instead? For example gather friends and form a team for example an investment and trading company, news company, crypto educators company, airdrop hunter company, etc.
This is not an official guide, not peer reviewed, and does not even take citations but only my opinion based on my experience of 9 years as a student in university. As years passes, experience and knowledge accumulates where this article maybe upgraded in the future. Still, I hope this article can answer to those who asked me of how to make a research plan. I probably made this article based mostly on my dissertation but check out my thesis and final project as well.
1. Choose a Field
You probably already have a field or major unless you just solely aimed to be accepted in a university only. Well if you are, then you better choose a general field like Computers, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Agriculture, Politics, Law, Art, Language, etc. For me, I am mostly in Computers, Internet, and Electrical Engineering because I spent most of my time on the computer and the Internet where they cannot function without electricity.
2. Choose an Expertise
What do you want to concentrate on in your field? If you say that you want to focus on electricity, electricity today have many applications. Do you want to do electronics such as with television, refrigerator, air conditioner, etc, or do you want to do electrical power such as with generators and power line transmissions, do you want to do telecommunications where electricity is used to deliver information such as your old phone and new smartphone, or do you want to study electricity as a science? There are many things and as for my field in Computers and Internet and I chose information communication educational technology (ICET). Computers can be for many things such as for calculation, processing, simulation, arts, gaming, etc, also for Internet such as social media, e-commerce, news, entertainment, etc. I chose utilizing Computers and Internet for education.
3. Choose a Research Topic
A topic is a discussion that you want to highlight in your concentrated field such the newest power plant, innovation in online payments, latest technology on video games, etc. However a "research" topic starts with a problem. A problem is not always accidents in operations like the power plant exploded and what to do, the Internet traffic got congested so how to solve, or classical math like solve this equation. A problem can be something that we want to do but cannot do such as how to send our other senses through the Internet like touch, smell, and test, how to find specific words mentioned in an audio or video, and how to verify transactions without third party. A problem can also be a desire for improvement such as how to generate more clean electricity daily, how to reduce electricity consumption, how to download a high definition video in less than a second, and how to increase the processing speed of computer processes. I chose a topic of how to capture students' attention and interaction during online learning.
4. Literature Review
While choosing a research topic can be done with minimum general information reading and brainstorming your own idea regarding the problem and solution, but to be accepted as a research, you need to survey how other researchers are doing. If you remained in your workshop connect a single board computer to a graphic processing unit (GPU) card and claimed that you assembled a hand size gaming computer, then ASUS, Dell, and other providers already released a hand size gaming computer that is much faster and much smaller if you do not know. For general audience who did not understand what I said, I will provide another example. You can stay in a cave, assemble a bunch of rechargeable batteries and components and claimed that you build a pocket charger for your phone, but you should realize that you are behind times that many powerbanks are already on the market. Unless you surveyed those products and claimed at least one advantage such as your creations are cheaper.
When I surveyed others' research about capturing students' attention and interaction during online learning, I found some tried to improve the conventional method where they use surveys and quizzes, some tried video calls, and some newer methods emerges which are eye tracking and mouse tracking. I decided to go with mouse tracking. Then I gathered any literatures regarding mouse tracking prioritizing ones in the education sector.
Where do I do literature reviews? While the conventional library books still works but in modern times, we have more options:
5. State of The Art
State of the art is the goal of literature review which is the most recent stage in the development of a product, incorporating the newest technology, ideas, and features. In other words, what novelty can you contribute? After reading all those literatures, what problems that you found or what issues that others have not highlighted or what ideas that have never emerged before? The quality and quantity of the state of the art determines the quality of the research plan.
As for my case about mouse tracking in education:
Writing your Research Plan
I started learning about cryptocurrency around March 2019 just before Bitcoin rises to $5000. Like everyone else, I imagined those people buying Bitcoin at $1 less and it once reached $20000. These people became reach overnight. Bitcoin drew my attention but I was smart enough to know that $20000 is a bubble that will pop and when it finally dropped to $3000 was my chance to get in. It was my first time so it took me long to register to exchanges, tried only $100 and time ran out that it was after above $5000 that I made a decent investment.
I sold most of my Bitcoin above $9000 and decided to try buying altcoins. The altcoins that I bought in 2019 are coins from Indodax and proof of stake (PoS) coins at that time. Back then, my mindset was still certificate of deposit (CD) where I want to put my savings to work by earning interest so PoS coins attracted me at that time. I did not realize back then that the interest does not matter, but what matters is buying at the bottom and hold until the bull market came while earning interest. Inflationary interest does not save anyone in the bear market. The PoS coins I bought are mostly from Binance, and Kucoin. I staked them in their native wallets, Honest Mining, and Cobo Wallet (input 089ZY6 for bonus if you are newly registered).
It was the bull market and whatever I bought became profitable less than a week. However, all my investment crumbles when the bear market came and that is when United States (US) regulator cracked into the crypto industry where only the cryptocurrencies that they approved are allowed to be sold in the US. I was still very green and did not knew the meaning at the time. I finally realized the severity when crypto exchanges started to exclude US citizens from their services. The most customers are from the US and when these customers are gone, ofcourse the price fell.
My worst loss that year was Ontology where I bought almost $700 and I was in profit of $200 in a month. I saw many flash surges and put my sell order high hoping to get lucky. What I did not realized was that it could fell drastically because my only price indicator was from Indodax and did not know that there were more price histories. Today, I am at lost of $600 in Ontology. The first time I became a victim of a seems to be a Ponzi Scheme is InMax where I really bought at the top as soon as it was listed and not a month have passed it drops by 100% and quickly after that my $67 became almost $0. It was released in 2018 and promised for a product including mobile app in 2019 but even now in 2021, no news and even the whitepaper roadmap stopped at 2019. Another significant loss was Deep Onion of $75 today. I did not think twice of spending $100 in it because I was a fan of The Onion Router (TOR) and their deep vault utility was interesting enough for me. The only mistake I made was that I bought in the bull market. So the lesson in 2019 is spot trade in the bull market but never invest in these times because the best time to invest is during the bear market where thare is blood on the street (Baron Rothschild, 18th century). I bought all these PoS coins in the bull market and even now it has not recovered such as Loom Network where I am down $60 and Zelcash where I am down $75.
Today, some of the coins recovered where three of them are PoS coins which are DASH up by $25, Tomochain up by $50, and https://www.coingecko.com/en/coins/waves up by $120. Still my 2019 portfolio is down by almost $700 today and imagine how painful it was during the bearmarket where it was down over $1000. Still, I am not sure whether I was actually down because I used the profit from investing in Bitcoin and put them here.
With this experience, I can confidently advice people to not invest more than they could afford eventhough I never made that mistake that year but imagine if I did and how devastated would I have been. Now, for beginners, always start small until you truly become experience where your prediction is often correct, know when to take profit and when to stop loss. Think about it, if you went big from the start and experienced a big loss like me, how will you rise back up again? On the other hand, if you start little, you lose little and you can try again tomorrow.
Wait, it is the bull market and everyone is getting rich by buying this and that. Isn't this your chance to put $20000 and become a millionaire? If you are a beginner, I can warn you that that is fear of missing out (FOMO). Even if that decision can be right but how much is the probability that you can wrong? Remember, you are a beginner and as long as you are, what you do will always be gambling. Will you be the 10% who gets lucky and become a millionaire? or will you be the 90% losing traders and get wrecked? What happens if you are wrong now but the next opportunity for you to get rich came? If you used and lost everything in your first attempt, you will not be able to grab the next oportunity.
After my failed crypto investment in 2019, I finally did what I should have done and that is learn about cryptocurrency first. Finally I start learning of what Bitcoin is, why it was created, why do people take interest in it, and what other altcoins offered. Eventually, cryptocurrency led me to study other topics such as how currency where people believed to be absolutely money without second thought was created, the rest of the economy and more history. For example, can you answer how today's cash is created? Most of us probably does not care until the system collapse where a meal today costs $10 and when the system collapse may cost $1000 just like what happened in Zimbabwe and Venezuela. It was at this point I felt receiving the true gem of crypto which for me are the knowledge, the innovations, and the crazy ideas. If you are interested, read what I have learned on my book.
I returned being a content creator writing blogs and making videos during my studies. I was more at technologies and utilities regarding to cryptos at this point where for example related to content creating I found anti censor blogs such as Steemit, Hive Blog, and Blurt Buzz, and convenient rewarding platforms such as Publish0x and read.cash. Publish0x not only rewards content creators but also readers for reading as well which became my secondary source of crypto information other than Youtube and odysee. It was here that I was introduced to decentralized finance (DeFi). Embarrassingly, was also my first time knowing about decentralized exchanges (DEX).
I saw DeFi as very early like went Bitcoin was $1 because few people knew about it and I was interested in investing again. However this time, I was protective to not invest more than $150 in each coin due to my loss lesson in 2019. I started learning how to use metamask and uniswap but unfortunately I was too late that tokens such as Trust Swap, BAND, Synthetix, and Aave already departed. For this kind of tokens, I looked for dips and invest no more than $40. Although most tokens have departed, I was able to catch the trains of Meta, ChangeNow, and AirSwap. Suprisingly, in this year, I got wrecked in a token more than Ontology last year which was Ampleforth where I lost $600. This time, the lost was influenced by a friend and would have avoided if it was not for that. I wrote a full story in form of meme if you are interested and also included my lesson of taking profit where taking profit saved me from MYX Network scam accusation effect and made me a strong holder of Statera where I took profit and lost nothing in the bear market and made it to the top where I took another profit of $500 that almost covers the Ampleforth loss and my luck ran out after that where I missed my chance of selling all of my Statera at the top for almost $1500. The second token that gave me large profit is DEXG where the mathematics impressed me eventhough I lack knowledge to understand most of them. I invested $150 but actually, I bought $100 and spent $50 to provide liquidity on balancer which providing liquidity below $1000 here is usually not profitable but miraculously, I earned 1.4 DEXG staking reward and hold it through the bear market and finally now that 1.4 DEXG is worth more than $250 in the beginning of this bull market. I sold it immediately so that I can let my remaining DEXG to provide liquidity in peace.
In conclusion, my 2020 portfolio survived last year. Unlike my 2019 porfolio with many losses, I learned that I should invest small if I am not fully sure about the cryptocurrency that I invested so that I can grab more opportunity in the future and always take profit by returning initial investment to have strong hand to hold. Heed my advice because investing and trading in Bitcoin is more dangerous than investing and trading in commodities and stocks and investing and trading altcoins can be more dangerous than investing and trading in Bitcoin.
Currently the quantity is too much to handle when the value I earned is not much. So I may report this on a separate article.
December 2020 Income ≈ $ 88
Income Before Full Time Blogging
Personally, I enjoyed being a full time independent content creator very much and I once again thank the platforms, investors, donators, and viewers for making my venture possible through donations, tippings, and upvotes. If you enjoy and/or want to further support my work you may choose more form of donation:
Apakah Anda memiliki saran yang lebih baik untuk mereka? Dua saran saya adalah:
Lanjut dari whitepaper:
1. Menerima Kartu Hadiah
Satu-satunya cara untuk menerima kartu hadiah adalah dengan menarik pengguna lain untuk memberi tip pada posting, utas, dan mungkin komentar Anda di masa mendatang. Terus terang adalah membuat konten berkualitas atau cara lain seperti bersahabat dengan pengguna lain.
2. Mengirim Kartu Hadiah
Ini adalah cara bagi orang kaya di mana jika Anda ingin memesan NFT ini lebih awal adalah memberi tip kepada pengguna lain (beri tip 20 kali untuk 1 kartu hadiah NFT). Anda juga akan membantu platform dengan memberikan konten berkualitas, sehingga mendorong pengguna untuk berusaha membuat konten mereka. Namun, bagaimana cara membeli XTM hari ini? Beli melalui initial exchange offering (IEO) mereka.
From the whitepaper:
Do you have a better suggestion for them? My two suggestions are:
Continue from the whitepaper:
1. Receiving Gift Cards
The only way to receive gift cards is to appeal other users to tip your posts, threads, and maybe comments in the future. Straight forwardly is create quality contents or other ways such as being friendly with other users.
2. Sending Gift Cards
This is the way for the rich where if you want to book these NFTs early is to tip other users (tip 20 times for 1 NFT gift card). You will also help the platform by tipping quality contents, thus encouraging users to make effort in creating their contents. However, how to buy XTMs today? Buy through their initial exchange offering (IEO).
If your heart is a merchant, you will sell anything. If your heart is an adventurer, you will go anywhere. If your hearts is a fighter, you will fight anyone. If your heart is a teacher, you will teach anything. If your heart is a gamer, you will play anything and applies for countless passions.
My heart is a content creator, I will create and publish anything where I publish even my school assignments. Long time ago I streamed playing video games in https://www.twitch.tv/0fajarpurnama0/ and often with zero views. I have over 200 videos in Youtube and still only 400 subscribers. I currently posted over 150 articles and still with less than 300 pageviews monthly on each of my personal blogs. However, each time I finished and published a content was a bliss and always want to publish more without caring about the stats.
My heart is a cross poster, I will cross post anything. Daily I cross post to Steemit and only earned a dollar average monthly. I am blacklisted by the random rewarder in read.cash but still continue to cross post daily without earnings for two months while other cross posters even without any views earned up to $5 on each of their posts. If you think my cross posting is as easy as other cross posters with just copy and paste then you do not know that I am a perfectionist. I write all my articles in HTML from scratch as the existing editors does not suit my taste and often occur formatting problems when I cross post. I also have to convert to MD for some. For some, I have to reupload the images, and for reliability, I have to insert onerror backup image codes because once my articles lost their images because the image provider went down. I have to fill in the SEOs of each platform which includes title, description, tags, and canonical links. Finally, I am transparent and includes all the links to my cross posts in each of my articles. Overall, this process takes over half an hour where sometimes takes over an hour. So why do I go through all that trouble? Because seeing my posts live on those platforms gives me satisfaction and my heart is open source where I feel happy sharing my articles to as many people as I can.
My heart is a monetizer, I will try to make money out of anything. Where content creating and cross posting were already known, I tried earning while browsing by using Brave Browser on mobile, and Netbox Browser + Bittube Extension on personal computer (PC). I searched the web using Presearch, socialized in Torum, and used to watch videos in Odysee while earning tokens.
What is your heart? Did you try Youtubing and gave up? Did you try blogging and gave up? If you did give up, then your passion or heart is not in content creating. Currently but may change in the future. You are probably in it for the money if not something else, seeing other content creators gaining many views, likes, and subscribers, you probably think it is easier to get rich in this industry. IF IT IS THEN THAT IS STILL OKAY! What matters is the truth in your heart and the truth that you spread. Don't say to people that you are passionate in content creating but straight forwardly, say that you want to get money.
Accept your heart that it is the money that you seek and next your approach have to change. You cannot continue like those who are passionate in content creating. Your approach needs to be business oriented which is just like Robert Kiyosaki said that best writing author is different from best selling author. After the first month of my full time blogging, I publish articles daily and sometimes more and those articles contains much more than 500 words, lots of images, and structurized almost like scientific international journal papers which it definitely took me more than 12 hours a day and no rest on weekends but still I cannot reach the level of those popular content creators. I actually expected that since I already knew between best writing author and best selling author back then. For example, what I should have done is take my time reading other people's post, give constructing and/or motivating comments, get active in the communities, and do more interractions. When I started my own website, I should have finished the foundation such as the web design, the structure, and the search engine optimization (SEO). I believe the results would have been much better if I did them first before starting writing. Like now, I'm gaining more and more followers on Publish0x and my articles today almost always gain some attention compared with the first time with only one or two views. In short, you need both writing skills and marketing skills to succeed.
I knew that few months ago but I still did not do it because I have more urgency than money, which is time. I have many articles that I wanted to write since years ago but never gotten the chance and now, the chance came but may not last long. I ignored the marketing side and published as many as I can before my free time ends. Once I published everything that I wanted, I can let go but hopefully I do not have to and continue to the marketing aspect while content creating leasurely, such as going through questions in forums for example Quora and answer cryptocurrency questions with the articles I have written.
That is my passion, what is yours? Happy New Year and it is wise to reevaluate your heart or passion in this beginning of 2021.