Preparing release of MERGE – Press Release 3.0

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The swap date for block 1 communities is fast approaching and the Merge Core team assures you that we are working very hard to prepare for the release of MERGE. Without being directly involved you can’t see what is going on behind the scenes so the Core team is presenting you this summary to keep you informed of our recent activities while you eagerly await the first swap!

Here is a brief summary of some of the work being performed by the
Merge Core team.

Development

Development of the new wallet is underway. Although many might say it is taking longer than normal, our development team is not simply doing a copy and paste to fork the blockchain code for MERGE. They are using the PIVX codebase and preparing it for the future and all the use cases, applications and future development envisioned with the Merge codebase. It is tireless and tedious work to ensure no bugs are present and no problems will arise in the future. We all know too well that codebase issues can cause significant delays and diminish the trust a community has put into a project. We are moving along in a methodical manner to ensure the success of Project Merge and the successful release of MERGE.

The Development team is also working in collaboration with some of the other Core team departments to identify and integrate the best work platform into the Merge architecture. The chosen platform will be integrated to ensure a highly productive Merge workplace.

Also, being worked on with other Merge Core departments is the use of Trello as our internal project management tool. The Development team is integrating, into the codebase, a governance proposal and budget system that will be used to compensate various community members, groups or individuals working on projects listed in Trello.

Community

At this time there are over 200 different coins that meet the criteria for a swap. Many of these communities are in contact with our Community Management team. Everyday many more coin communities are being evaluated and approached or reaching out to us to see if they meet the criteria.

The Community Management team is working with the Development team to compile a skills, talents and resources database. This database will allow for a much simpler and easier way of seeking out individuals for Core assistance and also form some community teams that will be needed in assisting the development of the many use cases, products and applications of Project Merge.

Business

This week there were very productive conversations with very knowledgeable individuals within the crypto sphere that were held by the Merge Business team. With this being said, the Merge Business team can confidently announce to the community that the development of the Merge Marketplace is getting very close to being opened. The Merge Marketplace is where the community can exchange or offer services for the development of use cases, applications and products. The Merge Marketplace will be open for use to those wanting to be involved in product development and helping make Project Merge a success.

Marketing

The website is currently undergoing a very thorough analysis and readjustment in preparation of optimizing SEO. SEO is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic and increase awareness in search engines. SEO will be one of the sophisticated tools that will be used by the Merge Core team to monitor the success of the many Merge media platforms. SEO is proven to be extremely successful in accomplishing this task.

The Social Media team is currently in the preparation stages of a paid marketing push throughout the many social media channels. This and the details will be announced shortly.

The current statistics across the Merge social media channels are:

Facebook
Sept 2-8 / Page views+ 18 (-5%) / Reach+ 38+ (-24%) / Followers+ 73 (-4%
/ Likes on all posts for this time period + 74 (+4.3%)

Instagram
Sept 2-8th / Profile/page views + 19 (+6%) / Reach+ 47 (-3%) /
Followers: 81 (+13) Impressions: -14%

Twitter
Profile/page views: + 48.8% Followers: 102 (++) / Mentions + 15
(where we were mentioned in other tweets or in comments)

Your support and patience are very much needed to accomplish the many tasks set ahead in the creation of Project Merge. There are many great things still to come. Thank you for being a part of the Merge community!

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