Lens Protocol rolls out own blockchain scaling solution for social media

Quick Take

  • Lens released a beta version of its blockchain scaling solution, called Momoka.
  • Scalability is a significant issue for decentralized social media like Lens, which Momoka aims to address.

The creators of Lens Protocol have introduced a beta version of Momoka (previously Bonsai), a blockchain scaling solution, as the blockchain-based social media project gears up to handle an increased volume of transactions for users of Lens-based decentralized apps.

Aave Companies, the development firm responsible for Lens Protocol, announced that Momoka was specifically engineered to facilitate the scaling of decentralized social media applications, enabling the processing of numerous transactions with minimal associated costs.

Scalability is a significant issue for decentralized social media, as such products are both data-intensive and involve a high throughput of transactions. Blockchains typically struggle with both of these issues. The team built Momoka in response.

"To be competitive with web2, decentralized social platforms must scale. With the ability to support mass consumer adoption, we'll see continued web3 innovation — new, exciting and compelling features and business models that will spur web3 adoption," said Stani Kulechov, CEO of Aave and founder of Lens Protocol. "Bonsai (Momoka) provides hyperscalability that supports blockchain's core values and guarantees, delivering secure, fast and cost-effective scalability."

Lens Protocol is a social graph that offers a software stack to build decentralized competitors to social media giants like Twitter and Facebook. Launched on Polygon in May 2022, there are over 110,000 social media profiles and hundreds of applications on Lens.

Lens' new blockchain scaling solution relies on data availability


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Lens Protocol aims to achieve censorship resistance for social media apps and help them unlock new forms of content monetization with NFTs, as well as other crypto assets. These include apps such as Lenster, Lens Booster, Phaver, Lenstube, LensPort, Memester and others. 

To help such apps scale to a large number of users, Momoka will optimize cost and scalability by storing transactions off-chain data availability layer in such a way as they remain accessible and verifiable. This way it can potentially avoid the limitations of block space on Ethereum and other blockchains, Aave Companies explained.

 Momoka will process most transactions off-chain, relying on its data-availability layer. Additionally, it will have a verifier component to help validate user transactions on-chain. Data availability is essential for scaling solutions like Momoka because it ensures that off-chain data remains accessible and verifiable when needed for on-chain settlement, dispute resolution or audits.

Update: Lens Protocol has renamed the Bonsai scaling solution to Momoka.

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