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Understanding The Pi Network App Icons

Day 4 Mining Pi

Welcome to Day 4 with the Pi Network App

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency are new to me and I'm having a little bit of difficulty understanding The Pi Network App. Update from Day 61: This is ridiculously simple. There is one thing and one thing only to do and that is tap the charging icon (the green lightning bolt) as soon as possible after the Pi Network App times out every 24 hours.

I woke up this morning and found one family member and one friend downloaded the app and signed up to the Pi Network with my Invite Code. I still don't know what I am doing in this app. Cryptocurrency, blockchain and smart contracts are subjects I don't know much about. It took me three days just to figure out that I had to wait 3 days (and check in on the app 3 times) to begin building my Security Circle; that was yesterday.

Understanding the Pi Network App

Like I said, I am still trying to understand this app. Let me start with the Main Screen. Today I woke up, the main screen had changed and now I can see the Founders of The Pi Network: Vincent (@vince), Nicolas (@nicolas) and Chengdiao (@cfan). I thought that was pretty cool. I have no idea who they are but I did read their Bio's and I take it on faith they are who they say they are.

understanding the pi network app icons

The Chat Icon

The icon in the upper right corner is the Chat Icon; this is the intuitive icon of the three icons. There is more than one Chat Room but I only go to the Pioneer Chat. Every time I try to chat in the Pioneer Chat (English - they do have other languages by the way), I get an error message. My message goes through, though. And I learned that this is a known bug so I just ignore it. Whenever I'm in the chat room, though, conversations move quickly and the interface is not conducive to trying to figure out how it all works. (That's me, overthinking chat...) There is no threading in the chat. And if I look away for a minute and someone mentions my username, I wouldn't know it unless I scrolled up to whatever I posted last. Who knows if I'll ever see a message to me when I'm not part of a conversation.

The Earning Team Icon

The next icon below the chat icon is the Earning Team icon. When I tap that, I can see the two people who, of all of the folks I chatted with, decided, "What the hell, I'll join the Pi Network with freqflyer." I can also see the name of the person who invited me. I have no idea who they are. I do know, though, I am now making more Pi per hour because two of the people I invited signed up. WOOT!

The Charging Icon

The third icon on the right side, the one below the Earning Team Icon, is the Charging Icon. It is green with a Lightning Bolt in the middle. Your one and only requirement to earn Pi is to tap that icon every 24 hours. It is that simple. But why do we have to do this? When we tap that icon, we are proving to the Pi Network that we are human, we are a person, and not a software application trying to game the system. That is a fundamental tenet of The Pi Network - so fundamental that the Mission of the Founders is baked into the App (and you can read this in The Whitepaper):

"As the world becomes increasingly digital, cryptocurrency is a next natural step in the evolution of money. Pi is the first digital currency for everyday people, representing a major step forward in the adoption of cryptocurrency worldwide."

"Our Mission: Build a cryptocurrency and smart contracts platform secured and operated by everyday people."

"Our Vision: Build the world’s most inclusive peer-to-peer marketplace, fueled by Pi, the world’s most widely used cryptocurrency."

After you join the Pi Network, the goal remains to tell as many people as you can about Pi, about and about the Pi Network. And tap that Charging Icon once every 24 hours.

Use my Invite Code freqflyer at and join me on the Pi Network app. Understanding the Pi Network app took me some time but, really, you only need to know one very important thing to get started: Open the app every 24 hours and tap that Charging Icon. That's the best thing you can do to prove you are human and help the Developers.