Hey everyone! Hope everyone is doing well and keeping themselves healthy from this crazy virus and doing everything they can to stay safe.
Now, for some reason, I dragged my feet on whether or not to post this rant, but then I realized something… If not me, then who? If not now, then when?
So, here I go.
As some of you know, I’ve been inactive on Byte as of late. More inactive than I’d like to admit. I’ve been dealing with a plethora of personal problems, along with working my day job nonstop (I work at a hospital… NOT an ideal job during this crazy time), and also dealing with a massive financial loss due to my pro wrestling bookings being put to a halt because of the various travel bans and “social distancing” (gosh, am I tired of hearing that freakin’ term).
Anyway, I found myself back on Byte a couple days ago in order to seek creative motivation and keep the entertainment rolling in during this difficult time. So, as I’m catching up with everyone’s content, I hit the “Latest” tab. Unfortunately, I was bombarded with a ton of “BYTE IS DEAD. OMFG, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH BYTE, I DON’T UNDERSTAND???” posts. I kid you not, I counted 11 posts straight where I saw this kind of content, and it was a total shock to me. Needless to say, I was annoyed. I was hurt. I was no longer motivated. And, quite honestly, that absolutely sucks.
Especially during this timeline, where people are under self-quarantine, not able to work, etc., people need Byte more than ever, to simply forget the misfortunes of life. But with this “BYTE IS DEAD” talk, what are we gaining?
It shouldn’t be this way.
So, there I am, sitting and trying to figure out what is all going wrong? Why are people claiming this awesome app as “dead”? I sit there, trying to analyzing the situation.
I realize that the Byte team (big shoutout to you guys, man) are working around the clock to bring us new features, fixes, meeting people’s demands, etc., all in a timely manner. Hell, they even got Nike on board in less than a month of the app’s release! If you don’t think that’s huge, really think about it.
I realize that the everyday familiar faces, such as @senorpequenos, @yamum, @AntinnyWorld, @TomWho, @nina, etc., are all out there STILL trying to entertain the masses, STILL pumping out content daily, and keep this fire burnin’.
Then, it dawned on me… The problem is us.
When was the last time some of us actually went out there and talked about Byte with family and friends to make it the new “talk of the town” or the new trending topic? When was the last time some of us went out of our way to share our Bytes with other social media sites via the link feature in order to entice people in more content? Why is there harassment being normalized, whether it’s sexism, racism, homophobia, etc. in a place where there’s no perfect fit for such activity, and has NEVER had this problem before until the problem was created by a few? Furthermore, why did some of us (NOT all of us) lose sight on the fun to be had and the memories to be made on this app, rather than “fame and fortune”, the “likes and rebytes”, or the “follow for follow”, only to scare away others joining the app, just simply looking for a new place to hang out, only to be bombarded with high school level drama?
This is NOT okay.
Some of us (again, NOT all of us) are solely relying on the Byte team to make the app “blow up”. Why? THEY’RE the ones who gave us this amazing platform in the first place. They didn’t have to, but they did. Because they, along with some of us BELIEVE in Byte.
WE need to make Byte the talk of the town.
For example, (and this is not to brag what so ever), I personally recruited almost my entire family on Byte. I bought Byte stickers from @bails to stick on my car, so people can ask questions about it. Hell, I even bought a custom Byte bandanna, so people can ask me questions about it. I wanted to do my part, and I love doing my part. Why? I believe in Byte that much, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this.
The point is, we as a whole need to get out there and do our part. We need to do our share as a community. The Byte team already has a lot on their hands. There’s only so much they can handle. Without us, there is no new people joining. Without us, there is no app to “blow up”. Without us, simply put, there is no Byte.
I love this community. This is a community that I fell in love with and met new, awesome friends. This is a place where I found some of the most talented people out there that have gathered and made this something special. There are so many more memories to be made and there are so many people yet to be discovered. If we give up now, what was all this for? What difference did we make? Seeing people claim this app as “dead”, is, quite honestly, not gonna fly.
TL,DR? Let us all as a community get this ball rollin’ and do our part, even if it’s a simple link share. Byte has NO place for any negativity. Trust me, this post is not for clout, likes, or anything like that. This is a simple call to the community for help. This app is only what we make it out to be, and right now, it’s not looking good. WE have the power to change that. Let’s share with the world what Byte is all about. This is OUR time to shine more than ever.
Byte is NOT dead. This is only the beginning.
I love you all. Stay safe. Keep the creativity flowing.
- Big Kahuna Khan