Decentralized web developer Blockstack is one of those companies helping all of us enter the age of decentralized computing. As part of the company’s vision of web 3.0, it has introduced a directory for decentralized applications or dapps – app.co.
The new service, according the Blockstack’s co-founder Ryan Shea, is designed to bridge the gap between dapp developers and potential users; it is an open-source project and is free for developers. At the same time, app.co helps users discover novel decentralized solutions they may not be aware of.
“The goal here is to demonstrate, to really bring together app developers and users and provide value in connecting the two. We want to help users discover decentralized applications,” Shea told CoinDesk. “We launched our browser last year which was a great success, and after that we started noticing people were building real apps on top of our platform, and this last year we were focused on learning from them.”
From discover to the full-blown app store
Initially, the goal of app.co is to aid dapp discovery, as well as to provide an easy-to-use marketing channel for developers.
Later on, Blockstack hopes for app.co to become a dedicated storefront that would allow developers to charge for premium versions of their dapps and to expand to a wider market.
“We’re looking to make this a comprehensive dapp store, and one component is an index and you can see the most popular applications, and another component is a feature list kind of like what you can find in the Apple app store,” Shea added.
Part of the bigger plan
All this is a part of Blockstack’s idea to move out of the infrastructure phase and into supporting scalable dapps, so that they could get “real traction and real users.” In that sense, the company plans to continue encouraging further development of a decentralized web, and help developers work together.
“One of the things that we want to say to the community, there might be different platforms that compete with each other but we’re still very small and the real competition is with Facebook and [the like],” Shea concluded.