Back on July 9th, eCash News Today reviewed the first eCash Telegram Bot, called ECash4Telegram, and gave an introduction about the possibilities that the bot presented to newbies for transacting and moving small tips across telegram chats. Though custodial, the bot fulfilled the task of allowing tipping and money interactions through Telegram, which is one of the most used messaging services used by cryptocurrency fans.
However, at that time the bot was still in its nascent stages, and it has evolved since. To talk about these new changes, eCash News Today met with Sunglasses, the pseudonymous developer of the tool, who offered his view on the development of the bot and its new features.
First, the most apparent change is that the bot has rebranded to Flask, a name that is more recognizable than its first iterations. Sunglasses referred to this as a necessary modification as a base for the coming changes, because ECash4Telegram was a little derivative. Flask gives the bot a new face and makes it more practical than its previous name.
As a result of the increase in price and the growing popularity of eCash, the bot has also grown in utilization across the Telegram crypto landscape. The bot is now being used in more than 130 groups, having been used to give almost 15.000 XEC tips. This evidence of growth since its launch in July when it was being used in just 15 groups.
New Entry Fee Feature:
Flask introduced a new feature that allows group owners to set an entry fee for a determined group. This is an anti-spam feature and it is destined to only allow people that possess eCash to enter into a group. The new function can also be viewed as a way of monetizing groups automatically, without having to rely on third-party services to do so. If the user fails to pay, the bot will remove him/her from the group after 15 minutes.
The entry fee displays a depositable address, If paid to said address, Flask will let the user in without waiting for confirmations, and then upon confirmation distribute the deposit between the parties. If the user mistakenly overpays, the remaining funds will be reimbursed to the sending address.