Your POWtoken.com account is for sending and receiving POW 'lite' to and from your friends. Initially we have integrated with Facebook, but will soon roll-out more social media platforms that can be used. All the free allocations of POW 'lite', are simoultaneously represented by a real ERC20 token on the blockchain. These real ERC20 POW tokens are held in a single ETH account on the Ethereum blockchain. Your individual holding of POW 'lite' is kept track of using a centralised database and is 'off-Blockchain'. The POWtoken.com site operates that database and gives you access to your POW 'lite' and the ability to transfer it to friends (currenctly restricted to your Facebook friends, but soon to be including your friends on all the major social media networks).
There are zero transaction fees on transfers when you send or receive POW 'lite' between other POWtoken.com account holders. At some point in the future we may introduce a small fee to cover the running costs for the centralised servers. If POWtoken.com proves to be a massive success, the costs of a centralised server could be start to be quite large and will require a small fee to be added to each transaction. This fees would likely be just 1 or 2 cents per transaction which is still a fraction of the costs of making similar transactions on the Blockchain currently.
No, but there is a simple solution - send them a 'Facebook Friend Request' and as soon as they accept, they can log back into POWtoken.com and they will see you have been added to the list of contacts that they can send POW 'lite' to. In the next release we are planning to allow users on POWtoken.com to send POW 'lite' to other account holders who are not their Facebook friends - this will for instance allow you to be paid for service and goods from people who you do not know.
No, but there is a simple solution - send them a 'Facebook Friend Request' and as soon as they accept , log back into POWtoken.com and you will see they have been added to the list of contacts that you can send POW 'lite' to. In the next release we are planning to allow users on POWtoken.com to send POW 'lite' to other account holders who are not their Facebook friends - this will for instance allow you to pay for service and goods from people who you do not know.
Not yet. But our plan is to build a 'bridge' between POW 'lite' and POW ERC20 by December 2017. This bridge will allow you to transfer your POW 'lite' onto the Ethereum Blochain where it will becom POW ERC20. You will then be free to sell your POW ERC20 for cash. So, in the long term, the answer to your question is yes.
POW ERC20 is an Ethereum Blochain asset or 'token'. Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency on the planet. Ethereum is slightly different to Bitcoin in that it is designed to allow 3rd parties (such as POW) to create 'Tokens' which piggyback on the Ethereum Blockchain. It means that you get all the benefit of a Blockchain, without the need for creating a network of miners to keep the ledger up-to-date. Of course, the miners have to be paid, which is why transaction costs on the Ethereum network are actually quite high. Our innovation is to 'lump' all the users accounts together (rather like a nominee service does for equity holdings) and keep them on a single ETH address (ETH or Ether, is the currency of the Ethereum Blockchain). We then get really creative by issueing the users with POW'lite' which they can trade with other POWtoken.com account holders, with zero transaction fees. The POW'lite' collectively add up to the total number of POW ERC20 being held in the single ETH account designated for this purpose. As we talk about elswhere in these FAQs, the plan is to create a bridge between the POW'lite' world and the POW ERC20 world, by December 2017.
A nice way to think about this is using early telephone networks as an example. When the first telephone networks were developed, the phone companies used to give new customers phones and connect them to the network for free. When there were no other users on the network, the early adopters didn't get any utility from the phone. It was just a silent object which sat on their hallway table. Distributing the phones was just a cost, with no immediate benefit for the phone company. However, as the network started to grow, and people started to ring each other, the phones' utility started to increase, making ownership of the phone highly attractive and creating a virtuous circle which lead to almost 100% ownership amongst the public.
The above can be applied directly to distribution of an electronic currency. Right at the beginning there is no real benefit in owning it, but as the network of owners grows, the utility grows massively, meaning that almost any transaction you currently do with traditional money could be done with POW 'lite' with zero fees and lightning speed and ease.
Users who apply early get far more POW 'lite' than users who apply late. To create an urgency and a 'rush' we've structured the POW 'lite' allocations so that early adopters get far more POW 'lite' than late adopters. In fact, we want the first thousand or so claimants to make millions of USD from their free POW 'lite' allocations. Let's look at the numbers. The first public claimant will get 10b POW 'lite'. After each claim, the amount of POW 'lite' that the next user gets is automatically reduced. So by the time you get to the 10th claimant they only get 1billion POW 'lite'. When you get to the 100th claimant they only get 100m POW 'lite' and when you get to the 1000th claimant they only get 10m POW 'lite'. It carries on in that manner. The idea is to encourage a stampede which will mean we reach the utility 'tipping point' earlier rather than later. The utility tipping point is where a user's network of friends with POW 'lite' accounts means that it becomes generally accepted as a convenient and conventional form of payment between friends.
If you are lucky enough to be claimant number 1 you will get 10b POW 'lite'. However, there will be many thousands of users hoping to be that lucky person, all pressing the claim button on the POWtoken.com site at the same time at 9:00 AM PT on 3rd Oct. It will be very similar to buying a lottery ticket, except in our case everybody who claims will get POW 'lite'. If you are the 10th person you will get 1b, if you are the 100th you will get 100m, if you are the 1000th person you will get 10m and if you are the 10,000th person you will get 1m POW 'lite', if you are the 100,000th person you will get 100K POW 'lite'. It's impossible to predict how many people will claim, but there are 2 billion eligible facebook users across the planet, and our PR campaign is trying to tell as many of them as possible. All you can do is make sure you press the button at exactly 9:00 AM PDT on 3rd October. Good luck!
There are 5 founders and several other junior partners in the team that is organising POW. We are collectively being issued 27.8b POW. Once there have been 2b claims for free POW, the combined founders allocation will be equal to 12% of the total issued POW. That is the only way that we are getting rewarded.