Pikcio is excited to announce the release of PikcioMe’s beta
version. Here is a little taster of what to expect from your new ally: a
private search engine and P2P chat, as well as a personal wallet and public
Your Pikcio profile has various sections, including an
account overview and settings, as well as the following tabs:
Your account overview allows you to view and change your
public avatar, your Pikcio ID and your Trust Capital Index (TCI). The more
personal details you add to your profile, the higher your Trust Capital Index.
Of course, users are completely free to only add their most basic personal
details. Their TCI, however, will be quite low and visible to other users.
This section is also where you can manage your settings,
ranging from your various preferences to importing your browsing history or
becoming a relay node.
The “identity” tab is where you can fill out your personal
details such as your name, date of birth, postal address, and so on. In future
releases, you will also be able to upload identity documents such as your photo
ID and your proof of address, which you can then choose to have certified for
future business interactions. You will also be able connect PikcioMe to your
various social media accounts.
All these features are optional, and users are under no
obligation to fill them all out. Doing so will increase your Trust Capital Index
and make your subscription to various services easier as the necessary data
will most likely be on your profile.
The “browsing” tab shows the websites you visit the most and
the number of views associated to each. This helps PikcioMe tailor your search
results to your habits and preferences, ranking them on top of the result list
so you don’t need to scroll endlessly until you find the desired website. The more you use the PikcioBrowser, the
better the quality of your search results. If you choose to import your
browsing history in your settings, your search results will be tailored to your
needs straight away.
The “browsing” tab is also where you can find your browsing
history, including the websites you visited and the search query you entered in
your search bar. Because we know how tedious it can be to look for a website
you visited a while ago, we have implemented a search bar and calendar for you
to search through your history more efficiently.
The “interests” tab represents your main interests as a web
graph, according to your browsing history and habits. They are also ranked with
associated stats, including their percentage in your overall search activity
and the number of times their featured in your search queries. Your interests
can be used to connect with other people with similar interests. For the sake
of your privacy, however, these interests can be deleted.
The “download” tab is pretty straightforward as it is simply
your download history, with the name of the files and the date they were
downloaded. Clicking on a document will prompt your device to open it so you do
not need to look for it again.
The PikcioBrowser provides you with private search and
tailored results. That’s right, despite not collecting your data onto a server,
you still benefit from results that are curated according to their relevance to
you personally. How do we do it? Our Artificial Intelligence simply records
your browsing habits onto your device (and your device only) in order to learn
from you, your interests and your go-to sites, in order to improve the quality
of your search results. In no way is your data tracked and store for our own
benefit. Only you and your device have this information.
On top of this, your search engine offers other
functionalities such as choosing a light or dark theme (by clicking on the
Pikcio logo) and enabling and disabling your geolocation. You can also select your
search type in order for the search engine to provide you with the types of
content you are looking for: web, contact, image and video. Finally, any
website that caught your interest can be saved to your bookmarks folder, which
you have access directly through your side menu.
Our private peer-to-peer chat, much like our search engine,
protects user privacy and secures communication flows. In other words, unlike
most messaging platforms, user details and messages are not stored on a
database. User identities are protected, and messages are encrypted and bounce on
relay nodes for maximum anonymity and confidentiality.
The chat has a search feature so you can look for contacts
by entering their usernames. For those who do not yet use PikcioMe, you can
also invite them to join the network.
Finally, the PikcioWallet is where you can view your PKC balance
statement. From there, you can access account activity and view your latest
transactions, market information and so on.
In future developments, users can transfer PKC to each other
and relay nodes will receive PKC for their contribution to the network.