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Community Update May 2019

Samuel Bryan • May 20 2019

Welcome to the May 2019 LBRY Community update!

If you aren’t part of our Discord community yet, join us anytime and say hello! Our community allows LBRYians to interact with the team directly and for us to engage users and grow the LBRY platform. If you don't already, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Telegram.

In This Update:

To read all of our previous updates, please visit our Development and Community Update archive.

LBRY Announces New Swarm Program

Growing the LBRY Community is a top priority for 2019! To this end, we’re introducing the LBRY Swarm Program. What is the Swarm, you ask?

The LBRY Swarm is a community program to promote awareness, use, and development of the LBRY protocol and network. We believe in empowering people across the globe to be able to promote and monetize their content and regain control from corporate-controlled centralized platforms.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Swarm program, how to start a hive or join one, please check out this link. We have a discussion list for all, plus Hive Officers get access to a special LBRY team Slack channel.

The following are some of the LBRY Hives you can join.

Virtual Location Hives

While many hives are formed based on a geographic location, these hives have general interests and meet virtually. If you want to learn what the Swarm is all about, joining one of these hives is a great place to start! Or, if you'd like, you can view our regional hives here.

LBRY Social

Focus: Content and Marketing

LBRY Social focuses on highlighting and creating the finest, highest quality LBRY content to bring brand identity to the forefront, helping springboard LBRY as a real and major contender in the open source blockchain market. Power to the people!

We will be funding people who have high performing social media accounts for their participation in our social media marketing campaigns as part of our coming marketing push. We are also looking for people with exceptional design skills to help facilitate the creation of these campaigns.


Focus: Marketing and Open Source Development

The LBRY.Community hive is dedicated to bringing attention to the LBRY protocol and applications built on the LBRY protocol alongside showing our support and love for open source projects. Our goal is to promote and aid in the acknowledgement of projects built on the LBRY protocol and similar open source projects.

LBRYC logo

Open Source LBRY

Focus: Open Source Development

The Open Source LBRY Hive is the home for a LBRY (library) of books, digitized and uploaded to the LBRY blockchain. These books are from the world’s most known and respected authors. These books are no longer held under copyright restrictions allowing the Open Source LBRY to share them with everyone!

The Open Source LBRY Hive develops software to help automate collecting and publishing of content to the LBRY Network.

Interactive Fiction Hive

One of the coolest features of LBRY is to be able to view non-linear content including Choose Your Own Adventure content and text-based interactive stories. The purpose of the Interactive Fiction Hive is to curate free and creative commons content stories and to seek new interactive fiction stories to be created for the LBRY Network.

You can see an example of interactive fiction here: lbry://16ways

Regional Hives

Lazybit Hive

Focus: Geographic area of ex-Yugoslavia/Balkans/Adriatic region

Lazybit hive is working towards raising the level of knowledge about cryptocurrency and distributed technologies in the geographic area of ex-Yugoslavia/Balkans/Adriatic region as the currently available content is scarce and is generally of low quality. We want to promote LBRY as an example of fully functional, open source, distributed technology-based network that can serve the specific needs of content creators in this region.

You can join us on our Discord

Lazybit Hive

LBRY en Español

Focus: Spanish Language Content and Promotion

LBRY en español is a place for all those Spanish speakers and creators who want to share their passions, opinions, and jokes. In a world where Spanish is the fourth most spoken language, our hive is where all kinds of content is shared, created, and most importantly: promoted.

LBRY India Supporters

Focus: LBRY Groups Across India

Championed by Clement Gerber, LBRY's India Community manager, this hive aims to bring events and grow awareness about LBRY in India. You can participate in social events and college hackathons, or even start your own local LBRY Hive through the LBRY India Supporters Hive.

LBRY Ladies India

Focus: India Women's Interests and Networking

LRBY Ladies India's mission is to create more awareness about LBRY and together build the LBRY India community and LBRYLadies. This hive is also focused on teaching the community about cryptocurrency. They also have their own content channel. Come join the LBRY Ladies!

LBRY Ladies India

LBRY China Hive

Focus: LBRY in China

The China Hive is dedicated to teaching Chinese users how to use LBRY. They are also currently working on translating and localizing the LBRY app and documents in Chinese language.

  • Visit LBRY China Hive on WeChat: add ID: 327904087

LBRY China Hive


Focus: Art and Music Scene in Raleigh, NC, USA

QFLUX Hive is building a global media brand, using and promoting LBRY as its core technical infrastructure to represent the Raleigh, North Carolina art & music scene. This hive is Championed by Matt Sokol, a talented musician and artist on the LBRY Network.


Noob Team Hive

Focus: LBRY and Gaming in Poland

Noob Team Hive started as a group of friends in Poland. We wanted to try doing something to better our future. We believe that together we can do anything! By helping each other to learn about technology, we find ways to learn new things and share them with everyone! Because community is not a thing made of 0s and 1s. Community is Me,You, and everyone around us. That's why we created our Noob Team Hive. We are doing lots of things to spread awareness of LBRY Network in Poland and the rest of the World.

We want people to join us to learn something new, make them exchange experience with others, and also break language barriers. We believe that everyone should have access to knowledge without need to worry about their knowledge level and, most importantly, have fun and make friends, because it's one of the most amazing things in the World! Our adventure begins in 3 .. 2.. 1!

Noob Team Hive

Ukraine LBRY Supporters

Focus: LBRY in the Ukraine

The Ukraine LBRY Supporters Hive focuses on bringing attention to LBRY in Ukraine.

Greater LBC Rewards In Updated YouTube Sync Program

We're excited to announce we've increased the rewards for our YouTube Sync program.

If you haven't already synced your YouTube channel to LBRY, we've made it super easy for you to do so, ensuring your videos will never be removed or demonetized on the LBRY Network.

Go to for all the details!

100,000 LBC (Over $3,000 USD) is up for grabs if you solve this cryptopuzzle!

Siteswapping Puzzle

Can you solve this puzzle? It looks like an ordinary juggling video, but it's much more! Break the secret code, and you can win over $3,000 USD in crypto prizes.

Lucas Abduch, juggler and content creator of the lbry://@juggling channel has partnered with to bring you the world’s first juggling cryptopuzzle!

Want some extra hints and folks to collaborate with in trying to solve the puzzle? Lucas has set up channels in English and Portuguese on the Malabarize-se Discord server.

Watch the video on lbry://siteswapping or on YouTube and see if you can be the first to solve the puzzle!

Additionally, Axie Infinity has donated a rare Mystic Axie #577, which is a crypto-collectible Ethereum-based token worth more than 1.4 ETH. This little cutie has rare qualities for a mystic, and is a good fighter in Axie Infinity battles. 577

LBRY Participation in the Messari Registry

As an Open Source project, LBRY is proud to be added to the Messari Registry disclosure database. Messari aims to create a central repository for information and standards of basic disclosures of open source projects.

You can find more information about the Messari Registry here.

Messari Registry

Want to develop on the LBRY protocol?

Are you a developer and want to find out more? Start with! It's a great place to learn about the LBRY project and how all the pieces work together. All of our code is open source and available on GitHub.

Check out our contributing guide and our LBRY App specific contributing document if you just want to dive right into the code.

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Thanks for supporting LBRY - stay tuned for more news and updates! And if you haven’t downloaded the LBRY app yet, what are you waiting for?

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