Grill.chat, which is based on the Subsocial network, has recently enabled compatibility with Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) wallets, making it possible for users to communicate using their Ethereum identities and send crypto assets to each other through Polygon, as announced on June 7.
Subsocial is a parachain on the Polkadot network designed for social media applications.
Grill.chat enables users to join more than 70 chat rooms that are mainly centered around crypto-related themes. The development team is striving to draw in new Web3 projects so that they can build their respective communities on the platform.
The integration allows users to link their Subsocial wallets to their EVM wallets by signing a transaction to confirm they are the wallet’s owner. This eliminates the need to possess SUB tokens to donate to other users, and it permits them to demonstrate their Ethereum identities to users in chat rooms. Moving forward, the developers anticipate utilizing this integration to enable other users to view their nonfungible token (NFT) collections.
In speaking with Cointelegraph, Subsocial CEO Zachary Edwards declared that Grill.chat is targeting crypto projects as potential sponsors of chat rooms. At present, many crypto communities are based on Discord servers and Telegram channels. These channels cannot be linked to the developer’s website, requiring users to access a different program in order to join the community or communicate with it. According to Edwards, this produces unnecessary difficulty for users.
In contrast, chat rooms on Grill.chat can be incorporated into the website or application interface of a development team. Edwards provided the example of Zeitgeist, a blockchain-based predictions market app. Its interface includes a “chat” icon that links directly to a Zeitgeist chat room on Grill.chat.
However, Edwards noted that the app’s users were previously facing difficulty from another source. A lot of the major crypto projects are on EVM-based networks like Ethereum, Polygon, and Avalanche, and crypto users are used to using wallets from these networks, which they may not want to do in order to use the chat app.
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In order to partially address this issue, the team developed a feature that allows users to set up a Subsocial wallet right from the app. Additionally, they covered users’ gas fees through a smart contract that can grant authorization for a certain number of operations.
Despite this, the issue was still not fully resolved since it separated the Ethereum identity of the user from their Grill.chat posts. To make it easier for Ethereum users to transition to the app, the team implemented EVM compatibility, Edwards explained.
“It’s really cool that we can use off-chain signer technology with Substrate [Polkadot parachain technology], since EVM wallets aren’t compatible with Substrate,” Edwards noted. “But we can still link those two accounts, so you can chat on the Substrate chain while using your EVM account for identity, donations, NFTs, and other related activities.”
Grill.chat isn’t the only platform attempting to draw crypto projects into creating their own communities. OpenChat, a chat app on the Internet Computer network, has revealed to Cointelegraph that they are implementing a similar feature which will enable OpenChat chat rooms to be displayed on a project’s website.
On April 26, the Lens network, based on Polygon, revealed a fresh scaling solution that they claimed would permit for “immediate posts”. On the same day, MeWe declared that it would transfer its 20 million users to the Frequency parachain network on Polkadot. As a result, many Web3 companies are competing to develop a blockchain-based social media application that will experience widespread acceptance.
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