How to become part of the Polkadot/Kusama ecosystem

Alice und Bob
2 min readJul 13, 2021

The first few hours and days understanding the Polkadot/Kusama/Substrate ecosystem can be rough. Where do you start your journey? Where do you get information? What can you trust?

To find your way around, we created this little guide with the most important websites and communities for your journey into the ecosystem:

We will look into:

  • Core information and sources
  • News & Latest Developments
  • Social Media

This article is also available as video:

Core Information & Sources

The single most important source when you are just starting out is the official Polkadot Wiki. It explains basic concepts and is not shy to go deep an relevant concepts that they introduce into the blockchain world. The Kusama Wiki will go into details where things get more experimental or might be different from Polkadot.


To get insights into what is happening on-chain, use the App (aka Portal) and see what is happening in governance via Polkassembly.


There are three commonly known blockchain explorers, these are, and

Official Channels

The Community page offers all the channels. Communication of the core community happens mostly in Riot/Element.


The best aggregator for price information so far is They also offer info on Tokens and Tokenomics.

News & Latest Developments


The YouTube Bubble isn’t too big yet and next to yours truly, only a few channels exist:


Social Media

  • The ecosystem has a strong Twitter game with a lot of core people participating there. Our Twitter account has curated lists of important channels: Lists
  • Medium is another medium where a lot of information is exchanged. Again, a list of channels we follow can give you a jump start.
  • Subsocial is an actual dedicated Social Network built on Substrate. Which means as long as you can’t buy tokens and the faucet is only giving you a little, you will mostly be able to read there.
  • Reddit game is weak so far but you can find a lot of questions being answered in the offical Subreddits.

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Alice und Bob

On-Chain Analyst Polkalytics | Growth Mangata Finance | Founded ChaosDAO | Thinking about Polkadot leading the transformation to Web3