Let’s take a look instead at the root of the business problem. From a Normcore perspective, it’s alarmingly easy to understand what’s going on here. Keybase, once they were funded by A16Z, was given a mandate of hypergrowth and gaining users as fast as possible. Now that it’s funded by Stellar, it’s obligated to get more users on the Lumen cryptocurrency platform. Where A16Z left off, Stellar is now at the reins. Stellar’s perspective is simple: The more people that use their cryptocurrency, the more credibility there is, the more it’ll rise in the cryptocurrency rankings to be as legitimate as Bitcoin (which is the cryptocurrency probably everyone knows). Stellar doesn’t care whether these people are harassing anyone. All it cares about is activity on the Keybase platform, and, eventually, on Coinbase. What’s a better way to have people find out about your platform than to offer what people interpret as free money through airdrops?
Keybase and the chaos of crypto
Today, it’s nearly impossible to have a truly private conversation online. Someone is always listening: either the company providing the chat service, or governments (Normcore post), or third parties who want to scoop up data. For example, you could try Facebook Messenger. But Facebook automatically…