What follows is a journey of multiple ideas spanning from the origins of the @jfGi Twitter account over 11 years ago to present day. This is the origin story of where I plan multiple ideas shared with you here, on other places online like twitter. $I now plan to turn those ideas into a tangible service that will be useful to all those who wish to easily send cryptocurrency, namely Bitcoin from on person to another by setting it free and decentralising what, I feel, is an idea worth spreading.
On the Road that I have taken, one day walking I awaken, amazed to see where I’ve come, where I’m going, where I’m from. – Dean Koontz, The Book Of Counted Sorrows
2007: My First Chatbot Idea
Before smart phone when we in South Africa were all instant messaging on MXit. My first chatbot idea came about to reach the millions of users using the service all the time.
2007: Just Freaking Google it!
During the early days of twitter, when the fail whale was an ever present irritation to twitter users do to server outages. Many questions tweeps were asking could be answered with a simple Google of exactly the same query. The @jfgi twitter chatbot was born, that did exactly the same as lmgtfy did a few months later thanks to help of Tim Akinbo. You can read about the jfGi chatbot’s origin here.
2010: SMS Alert WordPress Plugin idea
Here in Africa it’s mobile first if not mobile only. Of the nearly 4 million sessions on this blog since it’s inception the majority have been from Africa and have accessed the site from their mobile phones, Android. I posted the idea here which Gerhard Potgieter turned into a workable plugin for WordPress and WooCommerce.
2018: The rebirth of @jfGI
Bitcoin has become my newest addiction, you can read about how I got hooked to BTC here. A few months ago i stumbled upon idea to instantly send bitcoin with a simple click on a link. I Googled around for anything similar but found nothing people who are not computer geeks could use.It felt something like this…
I wrote a post on my personal site, reactivated the @jfGi twitter account (thanks Tim Akinbo for holding onto the email address for all these years), registered the domain jfgi.cc, setup a landing page that emulated a chatbot, tweeted about it, and within a few hours 10 people wanted their own jfgi.cc link to instantly receive Bitcoin with one click. 3 of those 10 people actually sent me BTC to my jfgi URL jfgi.cc/rafiq without me even thinking about charging for the service. This video demonstrates how, from a click on a jfGi URL on mobile, it auto-launches your default Bitcoin mobile wallet with the users BTC address auto-completed. Allowing you to send the recipient Bitcon in less than 3 seconds.
2018 and Beyond: Decentralize and Monetise @jfGi
Twitter (and other Instant Messaging) Chatbots & WordPress Plugins for BTC
Using the lessons and school fees paid from previous chatbot and WordPress plugin experience mentioned above jfGi.cc is turning from an idea into a business built atop of the Bitcoin Blockchain. The jfGi Twitter chatbot simply requires you to send a Direct Message with your public BTC address to get started.
— just for Getting it 👐 (@jfGi) September 10, 2018
There will be a free jfGi WordPress plugin available soon enabling you to turn your own domain into a jfGi enabled Bitcoin donation, tip, deposit or payment URL like webaddict.co.za/btc. The premium WordPress Plugin version which will launch soon after the free plugin will have additional features. You can Pre-Order the premium version (pay with Bitcoin or PayPal) and find out more about it here. Follow the rest of the @jfGi journey on Twitter.