In this XYZ Quarterly we’ll cover seven types of online platforms to extend the reach of your website online. We’ll also provide a recap of XYZ’s Q3 2021 activity.
Increasing your visibility and extending your online presence is important to your success and helps you to stay ahead of the curve. Extending your network and exposing yourself to larger audiences can lead to inspiration and important growth. You can develop your skills, maintain a pulse on the happenings in your industry, gain access to valuable resources, and gain exposure to your website from new prospective mentors, partners, and clients.
Connecting with your peers and other prominent members of your industry is one of the best ways to accomplish this critical development. There are many types of online platforms that can help you effectively create unique and mutually beneficial connections. That’s the reason we’re sharing how to continue innovating and staying current by increasing your visibility through online communities and digital platforms, as part of this year’s XYZ Quarterly theme of Staying Ahead of the Curve with .XYZ. We’ll offer you seven helpful platform ideas that you can use to increase your online visibility, as well as seven .xyz websites that can help you implement these tips.
Your expertise can be of incredible value to your peers, especially if your particular field is very nuanced. Sharing your research to a larger audience with the use of a data analysis platform means that your peers can benefit from your expertise, help showcase your services, and lead more traffic to your website through organic promotion. A data analysis platform is a system of services and tools that can help users to perform analysis on complex data. These analytics platforms can provide you with tools that offer a wide variety of techniques to help tell your data’s story. Once your work is available for review by your peers, you may receive valuable feedback to help further develop your skills. Other members of the community may be engaged by your work and want to visit your personal website for more background information, contact details, or for updates on your services. Providing a link to your website amplifies your online presence and provides members the opportunity to learn more about you and your work.
Dune.xyz is an example of a data analysis platform that encourages the sharing of expertise. As a user you are given a profile page that you can use to share information about yourself, including your website address. The profile page is your “author” page for any analysis projects you create. Dune.xyz offers access to and analysis of the growing volume of Ethereum blockchain data. Analyzing and sharing insights on the data can help development teams expedite the improvement and creation of more blockchain tools. Dune.xyz provides users with the tools required to query, extract, and analyze large volumes of data from the blockchain, which can be shared in multiple ways, including on social media. Skilled users, called Dune Wizards, can assemble their research projects onto a dashboard available to all fellow users and shareable to the world. When someone is interested in your work, they can easily find you by your website link in your Dune.xyz profile. For instance, user Tobias Schubotz shares his website alongside his many crypto data research projects. You can also see that his work has been “favorited” by various users, earning him 619 stars.
Sharing your expertise on a community platform that helps users analyze and understand complicated data can help promote your services and direct more traffic to your website.
Email discussion lists, also known as Listservs, are a powerful method for sharing knowledge. A Listserv community can help you gain visibility for your website and make valuable connections among a network of people with shared interests. A Listserv is a method of communicating with a group of people through email. You can send one email message to the main email address, and the managing software then sends the email to all of the group’s subscribers. Listservs are typically centered around a shared interest, such as a profession or industry. There are lists where only the list owner can send a message, and there are also discussion groups, where any subscriber can post a message. The managing software handles subscriptions, email bounces, and delivery of email messages to very large groups of people. Listservs can be intimate and remote communities that help foster professional relationships and generate traffic to your personal website. They can be a jumping off point for collaborative projects and earning new clients. Your new professional relationships can help build your reputation in your field.
StudyHall.xyz is an example of a Listserv community that can help you implement this tip.
The Study Hall Listserv is an independent media outlet and online support network for media professionals. It is an online community for freelance writers with a goal to promote community and collaboration in the media industry. Members can network and share experiences through the platform’s Listservs and Slack groups. StudyHall.xyz also sends a member digest with commentary on current news and resources for aspiring journalists. Members can easily connect with the rest of the community and interact with all of the features of the website.
StudyHall.xyz members can also find links to each other’s websites, social media accounts, email addresses, and Slack channels where their community has a presence. The platform has an email Listserv of over 4,500 members who receive weekly newsletters and access to informative Slack chats and editor databases.
By joining a Listserv community designed to promote collaboration, you can gain visibility, valuable connections, and a network of shared interests that can help develop your success.
Another popular type of online platform that can help increase your website’s visibility is a social networking website. Joining a social network can help you make valuable connections with peers and gain visibility for your website. Social networking is the use of websites and digital applications to create and maintain connections with people all over the globe. It can be used socially or professionally, and has become a significant tool for professionals seeking to engage with customers and new business contacts. There are prominent platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, but there are also niche networks that may share a more focused view or belief system. Joining a network with a central idea or belief system can make it even easier to connect with like-minded members of your community and foster meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. You can develop new professional relationships that can lead to opportunities or new clients and collaborators.
Spinster.xyz is an example of a social networking website with a shared belief system. The platform is meant to provide a safe space for feminist dialogue. Spinster.xyz’s moderators strictly enforce policies against the use of slurs, messages of misogyny, stalking, and harassment to ensure that feminists have a safe platform to connect with each other. Users can post up to 3000 characters in public or direct messages. The posts can include photos, videos, and polls, and posters can tag each other through their “@spinster.xyz” handles.
You can use your profile page to share as much information about yourself as you feel comfortable. One of the current moderators, illustrator and artist Alison Emily Vogelaar, shares a link to her own website, where she grew up, and her interests in her profile. Members can easily connect with the rest of the community and interact with all of the features of the website. Alison has over 400 followers and has made over 1,000 posts on this platform, including personally empowering moments, samples of her artwork, and updates to her website.
Engaging with a like-minded social network can help you gain visibility for your website and make valuable connections with peers who share your core beliefs and want to see you succeed.
Marketplace platforms such as Amazon, eBay, and Etsy can help facilitate the display and distribution of your work through a central directory. These platforms can also help your website gain valuable exposure to fellow creatives and supporters. You can reach out to various marketplace platforms to review their guidelines and membership details, including potential membership fees. Once you join the platform, you can develop your own creator page on the platform, where you can display your work with as much relevant background information and product details as you can provide, including a link to your personal website.
Joining an online marketplace helps you to showcase your work to a global audience of users who can purchase and support your work, while the website facilitates the purchasing or sharing of your work. Marketplace platforms provide a virtual storefront to display your designs, and your participation can earn widespread, global visibility
FutureFonts.xyz is an example of a marketplace platform where you can share and showcase your work. FutureFonts.xyz is a font foundry where font designers can share designs and draw inspiration from fellow creatives. Users can download fonts for affordable prices, and some even welcome users to simply contribute what they can. Each contributor has their own profile page where they can display a personal website, photo, and location, such as France-based Pauline Fourest and her design studio Spaghetype. Users can leave comments on each font’s page, like the comments left on font design “Mayonnaise“.
Joining a marketplace platform can help your website gain valuable exposure to fellow creatives and supporters.
NFT platforms facilitate the creation, buying, and selling of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Using these community-based platforms can put you in the center of a creative community who can help you to reach a wider audience for your work and your website. Artists and creators can use these platforms to mint their work as NFTs and distribute them to interested buyers who want to grow their collection of non-fungible tokens on the blockchain. Many platforms have a community aspect that foster supportive relationships between creatives, who can help promote each other’s work via social media. Users will have their own profile page where they can provide a link to their own website, for background information and additional artwork.
HicEtNunc.xyz is an example of a NFT platform that you can join to mint and distribute your NFTs, as well as link to your personal website. It is a platform for transforming art of various kinds into NFTs and monetizing that work. Creatives can use the online platform to mint, swap, sell, or give away NFTs. Collectors can use the platform to discover new NFTs for their collections. HicEtNunc.xyz says they are more affordable than other platforms, which helps make participation in the NFT space as an emerging artist or a beginning collector easier to consider. Members can use their collection pages to share their personal information, website, and profile picture, such as this Istanbul-based artist named Biba who states he has been drawing, painting and designing for 56 years. Supporters and fellow artists from around the world use social media to share their support for artists or to further promote their artworks outside of the platform’s community. DappRadar indicates that HicEtNunc.xyz is the leading crypto-art marketplace.
NFT platforms can help you mint your creations and put you in the center of a creative community and global storefront. This can help you to reach a wider audience with your artwork, increase visibility of your website, support other creators, and receive promotion from your newfound supporters.
Competition-based platforms can help you demonstrate your skills for a wide network of potential clients and collaborators and attract attention to your personal website. Competitions can require good communication, foster collaboration, and promote teamwork. They tend to encourage growth and skill development. While competing, we are assessing the other competitors and evaluating our own skill level. Competition-based platforms facilitate competitions that may be open to the community of users. They can be hosted or sponsored by a client, who will then select the winner based on their specifications. Participants compete to win, which can lead to further opportunities with the host of the competition, or perhaps from other users who have been exposed to your incredible skill.
Uni.xyz is an example of a website that can help you pursue competitions to demonstrate and develop your skills. The platform is a community created for designers, by designers, that provides opportunities for its members to showcase their skills, find clients, and collaborate on design challenges. The competitions provide designers a chance to propose their work to potential clients and mentors. They also give designers the ability to collaborate with other professionals to share ideas and solve challenges as a team. It is a mutually beneficial relationship, as clients benefit by getting a first-hand look at highly talented individuals and teams ready to take on new work. Users can set up a profile page where they can link to social profiles on other platforms as well as upload content ranging from videos, blogs, podcasts, articles, illustrations, and images. There are separate sections for projects, where other users can leave comments, facilitating conversation between fellow members. Uni.xyz posts the winner, runner-up, and “editor’s choice” of each competition on the platform, creating great exposure to the community of users.
Joining a competition-based platform helps you to demonstrate your skill set for potential clients and collaborators, gain visibility to your website, and be part of a community of inspiring design professionals who can further develop your skills.
Teaching about your knowledge to others can help develop your authority. Applying to teach on a digital education platform opens you and your personal website up to a global audience and provides the opportunity to learn from others in the same community. You can use these educational platforms to record and share live classes, upload presentation videos, and provide accompanying learning materials to interested students who enroll in your class. You can also publicize your website for additional background information. You will also gain the opportunity to learn from, and network with, other authorities in your field.
Ingenio.xyz is an example of a Spanish language educational platform to help you implement this tip. The platform is an online training platform for students and professionals in the field of architecture. Ingenio.xyz selects teachers with years of experience that have achieved a working knowledge of their field. Each educator has their own profile pages they can use to provide their personal website, contact information, and background information. Civil Engineer teacher Jorge Chamorro, who shares a link to his articles on topics like wastewater treatment, as well as information about his extensive background in the water sector. Educators in the Ingenio.xyz community are rewarded points based on their activity. Jorge has earned 5,491 points, which helps him stand out in the platform’s ranking of professionals.
Sharing your knowledge on an educational platform helps you to build a reputation as an expert in your field, increase visibility to your website, and provides the opportunity to learn from others in the same community.
Staying ahead of the curve means improving your visibility, promoting your services, and opening yourself to receive inspiration and growth. Joining an online platform can help you to share your knowledge with an appreciative audience who may further share your expertise and increase the online presence of your website. If you can find your niche in a community of like-minded professionals who share common goals, you can help extend each other’s visibility through collaboration and support.
Taking advantage of platforms like the ones developed by these end-users can help increase your visibility, foster your professional development, help you find a community of mentors, partners, and clients, and grow traffic to your website.
We are in the homestretch of 2021, excitedly entering the final quarter. For XYZ, Q3 was filled with incredible ways to help the new generation of internet users to get online. From launching yet another new domain ending, to helping people design their online presence, to the release of over 900 previously unavailable .xyz premium domains – and the support of 60 hackathons and their inspiring student participants, it’s been a busy quarter. Here’s what we’ve accomplished this past quarter.
As virtual events are still going strong and live events begin to return, XYZ proudly announced .Tickets – the domain name that helps you fill your guest list. Make your event a smashing success or give your innovative idea the standing ovation it deserves with a memorable .Tickets domain. With a .Tickets domain, you can promote live music performances, sporting events, corporate conferences, or even innovative ticketing technology on a URL that is easy to remember, share, and also spread by word of mouth. There are endless possibilities to attract a crowd to your website with a fancy .Tickets domain. Take a look at some of the early adopters below:
Memorable links to ticketing pages
On September 1, XYZ released over 900 previously reserved .xyz domains to premium tiers, and decreased the price on some .xyz premium domains. The release included many highly brandable and keyword-rich domain names ideal for any business or individual looking to build their online presence.
The release included 2-letter domains, 3-letter domains, 3-number domains, and many more high value domains. Check out the complete list and when you see some options that you’re interested in, visit your registrar of choice to secure your domains before someone else beats you to it.
Every Wednesday we proudly feature a #WebsiteWednesday spotlight on a creative and innovative member of the .xyz community. Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology developers are loving .xyz domains – and we are loving them right back – so we featured a variety of blockchain-focused end-users this quarter.
We also featured some very attractive and well-organized portfolio websites.
Additional spotlights included cloud-based tool HotGlue.xyz, Miami-based clothing brand Unedited.xyz, and we closed out the quarter with our feature on multimedia collective SuperStarX.xyz, aimed at destigmatizing and celebrating our differences.
Readymag is a website builder focusing on landing pages, editorials, portfolios, and general websites. Through our new, continuing partnership, we’ve been able to begin supporting multiple Readymag customers as they develop their online presence with .xyz domains. We’re proud to see exciting websites like the personal website of music composer, DJ, and tutor IsabellaBassi.xyz, a business website for Ukraine-based creative agency Antiprotiv.xyz, and the portfolio of UX designer JuneWang.xyz.
For the past four years, XYZ has proudly been a domain industry cycling jersey sponsor for Elliot Silver of DomainInvesting.com and his riding partner John Berryhill on their annual 80-mile charity bike ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge. XYZ was once again the lead jersey sponsor for the 2021 event, and we were proud to donate to such a great cause. As shared on Elliot’s blog, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised $767 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Through our ongoing partnership with Generation Girl, we proudly supported their 2021 Summer Club program, and provided .xyz domains for the young students enrolled to develop their newfound interests and share their innovative ideas with the world. During this year’s Summer Club, the participants were trained in Computer Science 101, UI/UX Design, Game Design, Data Science, and more.
In partnership with Ethereum that began in 2018, we helped pioneer the joint solution to provide a memorable wallet address to replace the long Ethereum hash. For example, Ethereum users can use OurXYZwallet.xyz to reference their wallet instead of 0xf7004095d2d81fe3b5937241c106aace6d6e8e4a. This makes it much easier to send and receive digital tokens like cryptocurrency and NFTs. Our successful partnership and the hard work of ENS has led to the August announcement that ENS/DNS has expanded to hundreds of additional domains.
XYZ helped support attendees at 60 hackathons in the third quarter of 2021!
Participants received .xyz domains to help them launch their ideas and projects online.
The hackathons each celebrated technology with workshops and mentors that helped participants learn and develop their skills. While many hackathons were held virtually, others were located throughout the United States, Canada, and India.
HackTheCrisis, PitchTeen, Helyx Hacks 3, Covitech Challenge, Hack the Gap, Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors, Hacking 4 Community, Eventlore, Terris Challenge, SummerSchool 2021, BRILLORE, Daedarus’ Hack, Kurius, Propelling Womeneers, CASE-O-HEIST, Hack-O-Uplift, JIIT OSA Chapter, Ability Hacks, Youthopeian, IoT Forum VIIT, HyperHacks, Geekhaven, HackeRam, EconHacks Bangalore, Developer Student Clubs, Hack This Fall, Hack The World 2021, HackNITR 3.0, Hack4World-Baku, StemWarriorHacks, InspireED, BotHacks, Hacking 4 Community
XYZ is delighted to help participants share their ideas and solutions with a global audience via their new .xyz domains. If you are interested in signing up your own hackathon with XYZ to help the next generation of internet users build the future of tech, contact us today!
2021 still has more excitement to bring, and XYZ has more plans for the rest of the year to help the next generation of internet users create a strong online presence. Stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter, and following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Discover high-quality premium XYZ domains with our helpful Premium Search and CNOX Search tools. When you see some options that you’re interested in, head to your registrar of choice to secure your domains before someone else beats you to it.
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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are unique digital assets that are stored on the blockchain. The process of turning a digital file into an NFT is called minting, which can cost upwards of $100 on many NFT marketplaces. This can pose a financial challenge for emerging artists with limited resources. The minting process also requires a significant amount of energy, leaving many to explore alternative systems. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a community-driven NFT platform designed without prohibitive expenses on a system requiring less energy consumption: HicEtNunc.xyz.
HicEtNunc.xyz is a Brazil-based platform for transforming art of various kinds into NFTs and monetizing that work. Creatives can use the platform to mint, swap, sell, or give away NFTs. Collectors can use the platform to discover new NFTs for their collections. HicEtNunc.xyz was coined from the Latin expression “hic et nunc,” which translates to “here and now.” It is home to artwork made by thousands of creatives from across Latin America, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe.
Since launching in March 2021, HicEtNunc.xyz has gained a lot of attention from NFT enthusiasts, including those concerned about their carbon footprint. The HicEtNunc.xyz platform is built on the Tezos blockchain, which expends fewer energy resources than other blockchain systems. For example, Bitcoin’s electricity consumption reached an all-time high in June 2021, now believed to be higher than the power consumption of some entire countries. Artist and climate researcher Mike Tyka chose HicEtNunc.xyz to mint and promote his “Portraits of Imaginary People” collection in an effort to support what he sees as “the only practical and ethical future of NFTs.”
HicEtNunc.xyz is also presented as a more economical NFT-marketplace than other platforms. The median sale price of an NFT on HicEtNunc.xyz is only about $16, while NFTs on other platforms can cost over $1,000. The cost of minting artwork on HicEtNunc.xyz is also less prohibitive. It costs about 0.08 Tezos to mint an NFT. As of September 2, 2021 that amounts to approximately 42 cents. Compared to the over $100 cost on other platforms, minting on HicEtNunc.xyz is a highly economical option. HicEtNunc.xyz helps make participation in the NFT space as an emerging artist or a beginning collector easier to consider.
A Twitter search for #hicetnunc2000 (matching their handle @hicetnunc2000) will yield the tweets of many creatives who post links to promote their artwork, such as this one from fellow AI-focused artist Mark Lee, sharing information about a piece he titled “flow state 3.” You’ll also find retweets from enthusiastic supporters of artists they’ve discovered on the HicEtNunc.xyz platform. This retweet from Twitter user and artist @Thisisarobot2, who is based in Amsterdam, promotes Brazilian artist and HicEtNunc.xyz user Marissa Noana. This demonstrates the reach of the HicEtNunc.xyz platform and its ability to attract eager collectors from all over the world.
We are excited to have this innovative, environmentally conscious, and economical global platform making their home among the many forward-thinking projects that make up the .xyz community. You can learn more by following them on Twitter or visiting HicEtNunc.xyz.
The .xyz community is growing with decentralized finance solutions, cryptocurrency tools, and investment platforms, as blockchain innovations continue developing worldwide. Crypto wallet Monolith.xyz aims to make it easier for users to buy, store, and spend their cryptocurrency in the real world. Web application IfYouBought.xyz helps you calculate how much money you would have made if you had invested in stocks or cryptocurrency. NFT-focused FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for investing in blockchain-based assets. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a community-driven launchpad aimed to connect investors with inventors of projects based on a choice of seven different blockchains: Starter.xyz.
Starter.xyz is a community-oriented decentralized launchpad for innovative blockchain-based projects. The Starter.xyz platform is unique for its multi-chain ecosystem, which means the platform supports project launches on seven different blockchains (Binance Smart Chain, Ethereum, Cardano, Solana, Polygon, Fantom, and, most recently, Avalanche). Members can connect their wallet from either of those blockchains for purchasing and storing the platform’s native $START token.
The $START token functions as a means of exchange, store of value, and a unit of measurement inside the Starter.xyz ecosystem. The total supply of $START is 1,000,000 tokens. Out of this total supply, 850,139 tokens are already in circulation. The current market price of $START (as of September 1, 2021) is $6.91. The $START token also provides the power to vote for projects to be launched on the platform.
Starter.xyz uniquely provides projects access to funding opportunities without common obstacles such as complex Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. (KYC requirements help financial institutions to “know their customer,” stay compliant, and add value to the banking experience for their customers.) Starter.xyz allows developers to submit their projects directly to the platform’s community for review. After review, the community will come together to vote and decide on which projects will be listed. Every community member is required to perform their own due diligence and research before voting for projects to be listed. Every project receives an equal chance to access investment funding, and investors can quickly identify and invest in legitimate projects that meet their requirements.
Successful project launches include crypto lending platform Yamp Finance, gaming-focused social platform Wasder, and investment platform Wall Street Bets. The platform is launching projects that combine two popular utilities of 2021: decentralized finance (DeFi) and iGaming. This combination has resulted in a new term known as Gamified Finance, or GameFi. In September, Starter.xyz announced that Starchi, their first DeFi game, inspired by nostalgia for the original Tamagotchi, was awarded a grant from the Polygon Foundation. Within the game, players are tasked with acquiring and nurturing adoptable digital pets called Starchis from infancy to adulthood. Players are responsible for preventing further extinction of Starchi through friendly battles that allow them to socialize their digital pets and earn wages to become top collectors in the Starchi village. At the end of August, the community voted to list a first of its kind project called BUSTA. BUSTA is the first GameFi project built on the Binance Smart Chain. This jackpot game will also feature a trading and betting module as well as their own Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which will allow the BUSTA community to control most of the ecosystem.
Starter.xyz is a welcome addition to the .xyz community of blockchain innovators and forward-thinkers. We are inspired by their claim to have raised over $20M USD for more than 30 blockchain-based projects, and we are eager to see the projects that come to life. You can learn more by following them on Twitter @Starterxyz, LinkedIn, or by visiting Starter.xyz.
Your website is a place of creative opportunity. It’s an online destination where you can share your philosophies and proudly express yourself and your unique background. Whether you want to showcase your professional resume, your photography, or the varied multimedia projects of your own mission-driven organization, you can use your website to share all of that and more. Tech designer BrianTan.xyz shares his design projects along with information about the Philippines chapter of Effective Altruism that he developed. Prior Amazon leader and PhD in Digital Economy Juan José Delgado uses JJDelgado.xyz to showcase his skills in marketing strategy. Versatile creative Leighton Gray uses LeightonGray.xyz to highlight her variety of gaming, illustration, and podcast projects. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a collective that believes everyone deserves to be celebrated: SuperstarX.xyz.
SuperstarX.xyz is a multimedia collective aimed at destigmatizing and celebrating our differences, with a goal of connection and eradicating oppression. They aim to support their goals through the production of art, film, music, and fashion. SuperstarX.xyz shares the work of their collective through the following channels:
SuperstarX.xyz donates 10% of proceeds from these channels towards wellness initiatives, programs, and organizations. The most recent issue of SXM was released in August 2021 and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to On Canada Project, an organization that aims to mobilize millennials and members of Generation Z to create change.
Nicole M. Weatherly founded SuperstarX.xyz in 2017 after drawing inspiration from her younger brother, Edward. According to The X Story page, in 1999, at the age of 23, Edward was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Nicole took inspiration from Edward’s health journey and his development of unique artwork. She also looked to her own experience of “different” after coming out as a lesbian. She formed the collective to celebrate being human and destigmatizing being so called “different,” through the co-creation of art, film, music, and fashion in support of multidimensional wellness. Multidimensional wellness integrates numerous interrelated domains (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational) holistically.
Throughout the website, SuperstarX.xyz uses terms like “multidimxnsional” and “humxn,” which have a purposeful spelling with the letter “X.” As shared on their Story page, after Edward was hospitalized he began drawing colourful aliens, such as his first drawing, entitled “X.” Nicole is supportive of Edward’s art, considering it a “special medium to share with the world to help inspire greater awareness, understanding, and acceptance of ‘different,’ celebrating all of what makes us ‘humxn.’”
This celebration of uniqueness and authenticity is reflected in SuperstarX.xyz’s selection of artists for the collective, known as X Artists. The website explains that “X Artists are socially vulnerable and/or those who are (or have been) racialized, stigmatized, ostracized, marginalized, bullied, and/or excluded for being “different.” After an artist joins the collective, the X Team begins a collaboration process to co-create a mutually beneficial and sustainable path forward, including multimedia artwork through the Superstar X Magazine or shoppable products for The X Shop.
We are proud to have forward-thinkers dedicated to wellness and acceptance like SuperstarX.xyz helping to define the .xyz community. Just as .xyz is reshaping the future of the internet, Nicole and SuperstarX.xyz are working to reshape how we honor each other’s unique differences. SuperstarX.xyz is a great example of how you can share your own important mission with your .xyz website. You can learn more by following on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or by visiting SuperstarX.xyz.
The .xyz community is home to many visual creatives and digital artists using .xyz to further their career and showcase their work. Visual effects specialist ChristopherKerr.xyz showcases his professional film and television experience. Vienna-based artist and researcher AleydaRocha.xyz displays engaging and interactive art that accompanies her scientific research projects. Experienced filmmaker SarahKuck.xyz shares multimedia content from her extensive career in a well-organized digital portfolio. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an accomplished creative who displays her oil paintings and 3D digital art on a personal website with a memorable “first name” .xyz domain: Serwah.xyz.
Serwah.xyz is the online portfolio of West Sydney, Australia-based digital artist Serwah Attafuah. Serwah is an oil painter and self taught digital artist. Her surreal cyber dreamscapes and other beautiful visuals are capturing the attention of the digital art world. A 2021 article in The Fashion Law titled “Non-Fungible Tokens Are Here to Stay: How Can Technology Law Harness Them?” references Serwah as one of the first Australian artists to sell an NFT (a piece titled “Voidwalker”). The article discusses how the NFT is programmed so that Serwah will automatically get 10% of the sale price any time the artwork is re-sold.
In a video shared by Sotheby’s, Serwah discusses her background as a digital artist and musician based in Australia. In 2013, after predominantly creating with oil paints, she started working in 3D art. She began creating surreal cyber dreamscapes that illustrate the contrast between the digital and physical worlds. Creation of My Metaverse (Between this World and the Next), her piece for the Sotheby’s collection, contains imagery of a fallen ancient world, grounded planets, and carved stone pillars, all juxtaposed with two figures in the pose from Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. As she explains in the video, someone had expressed to her that she is presenting her own definitive metaverse. A friend indicated that she presents herself as a God of that metaverse, where she makes up the rules.
Serwah’s rise to success could be traced to her early NFT sales on Foundation, a popular platform that hosts live auctions for NFTs. In March 2021, she was commissioned by Nike and JD Sports Australia to create assets for the Air Max Day 2021 hub, but she first found herself at the center of the global NFT conversation due to her sales of “Voidwalker” and “Consensual Hallucinations” on Foundation. “Consensual Hallucinations” sold for 10 ETH (approximately $27k at the time), which is quite significant for one of an artist’s first sales. This led to her being selected to be part of Sotheby’s curated NFT collection, Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale. One month later, in time for Pride Month, she collaborated on an animated audio NFT with Charli XCX. The NFT was featured as part of a collection on Nifty Gateway, a popular NFT platform. Proceeds from the collection were donated to benefit Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). After that, she had three pieces of art featured in a GQ article titled “How to Design a Better Body.”
On her Paintings page, you can see how Serwah’s interests and themes began in one medium and carried over to her digital creations. “Civic Park” 2015 is an oil painting described as an homage to Jesse Edwards (an American artist known primarily for his still life oil paintings). A lighter, a Smurf figurine, a can of spray paint, and a Mountain Dew bottle accompany a singular Nike sneaker in the modern day still life painting. This earlier piece somewhat foreshadows her future collaborative work with Nike. In “Decay” 2015, which Serwah created with acrylic, enamel and oil paints on canvas board, you can see her interest in creating mind-bending visuals, later seen in her work “Consensual Hallucinations 2020,” also displayed on her homepage, in which an ornately adorned, golden female is surrounded by tropical fish.
The Serwah.xyz domain is branded with Serwah’s unique, short, and memorable first name. On Serwah’s Contact page, she provides her email address for commissions, collaborations and inquiries. There is great benefit to a branded email address like [email protected] A lot of her work-related communication will likely be conducted over email, so it’s a great idea to use a custom email address that can generate trust. An email address that ends in the same domain as your website can appear more professional by verifying that the owner of the website and the owner of the email are the same person. Using your domain name to create custom, branded email addresses connects all of your company representatives and public contact emails with your website. By using [email protected], contacts can feel confident that they are emailing with the owner of the website, Serwah.
We are excited to have Serwah.xyz and her empowering images of afro-futurist identity in the .xyz community of visual artists and innovative creatives. You can see more of Serwah’s work by following her on Instagram and Twitter, or by visiting Serwah.xyz.
As new cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects are emerging on a regular basis, the amount of data available on public blockchains is growing quickly. This leads to a greater need for an accessible way of analyzing that data. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a community platform of crypto enthusiasts, analysts, and investors who use the open data available through public blockchains to help each other understand and explain the happenings in the Ethereum ecosystem: Dune.xyz.
Dune.xyz is an Ethereum data platform that offers access to the growing volume of blockchain data. It provides the platform users, known as Dune Wizards, with the tools required to query, extract, and analyze large volumes of data from the blockchain. Dune.xyz aggregates blockchain data into databases that you can query based on the specific information you need. Dune Wizards can analyze large chunks of blockchain data and assemble their projects onto a dashboard available to all fellow users. Sample projects include “which NFTs are ranked highest?” and “which DEX made the most profit last month?” Ethereum Name Service (ENS) recently tweeted a Dune Analytics project illustrating monthly registrations in a recent post regarding their upcoming virtual workshop to discuss the current state and future of ENS.
The platform is the product of Norway-based crypto data firm Dune Analytics, which was founded by business partners Fredrik Haga and Mats Olsen in 2018. Fredrik and Mats participated in Binance Lab’s accelerator program, and earned an investment into Dune Analytics from the platform. Dune.xyz’s customers include some well-known members of the decentralized finance world, such as DeFi wallet Argent.xyz and leading cryptocurrency focused news brand The Block. On August 12, Dune.xyz announced the completion of a Series A funding round in which it raised $8 million. Earlier that month, they upgraded their domain name to the shorter and more memorable Dune.xyz. They also announced “Our new domain is Dune.xyz. While our name Dune Analytics stays the same duneanalytics.com was a little bit too long.” Increasing your website’s visibility online starts with your domain name. Short domain names are easy to remember and quicker to type. Selecting a short, memorable domain name like Dune.xyz can help increase your chances of getting your website to reach your target audience.
You can choose between two types of accounts on Dune.xyz: Community accounts and Dune Pro accounts. Community accounts are free, and allow you to use all the tools and special features available on the platform to review data, create your dashboards, and share your charts with the community. A paid Dune Pro account lets you keep all your research and dashboards private. You can export the results of your research instantly. You can run as many as six searches simultaneously, and the Dune.xyz watermark will be removed from all your charts.
All users can browse through the growing list of dashboards created by other members of the community. NFTX, which is a platform for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), uses Dune.xyz and became a Dune Wizard in August.
Many users are taking to Twitter to share their dashboards or express their pleasure with the communal aspects of the Dune platform. Self-described crypto enthusiast TheNFTer recently tweeted about using a project called “NFT prices vs ETH prices.” He discusses how this project demonstrates that during periods of ETH negative volatility, NFT seems to perform better. When ETH goes up, NFT prices seem to take a dip. An NFT collector tweeted praise for a fellow Dune user’s project titled “Koala Intelligence Agency – Ownership and Sales,” regarding sales of the new and popular NFT collection known as Koala Intelligence Agency. Dune Analytics regularly shares about what is being created in the community. They recently shared about user Colin Platt, CEO of multichain NFT infrastructure Unifty, and his new “Loot Degen Dashboard” which is available for all to use. This dashboard is of particular interest to those familiar with Loot NFT, the new Ethereum-based NFT role-playing project that launched in early September.
Dune.xyz recommends gaining an understanding of SQL to be able to query data and become a successful Dune Wizard. Dune.xyz provides links to helpful resources like videos, courses, and articles on their tutorials page. When you are ready, you can leverage SQL queries to create your custom charts, graphs, and dashboards to visualize large volumes of public blockchain data.
We are so excited to have Dune.xyz join the growing list of blockchain-focused innovators in the .xyz community, many of whom can now benefit from this valuable community-driven platform. You can learn more about becoming a Dune Wizard and harnessing the power of blockchain data by following Dune Analytics on Twitter or visiting them at Dune.xyz.
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are one-of-a-kind digital collectibles that can become valuable investments. More and more forward thinking creatives are populating the .xyz community and harnessing the power of blockchain technology to create, distribute, and invest in NFTs. Decentralized Autonomous Organization project FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for members to pool funds for NFT investments. Publishing platform Mirror.xyz helps writers distribute and monetize their minted work. Crypto art curator FirstEdition.xyz created a blockchain art gallery. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an all-encompassing NFT platform designed to empower artists to mint and sell their digital assets: Universe.xyz.
Universe.xyz is an NFT-based platform built on Ethereum blockchain technology. It is composed of digital solutions aimed to help artists easily create and monetize NFTs. Universe.xyz provides creatives with the tools they may need to transform items like paintings, songs, pictures, videos, and GIFs into NFTs, as well as the necessary means to sell them via auction. In May, they announced that their seed round raised over $4.3M to build a “Non-fungible universe.” This universe is governed by the xyzDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which is like a corporation (set up on the blockchain), except no single person or group has control. The xyzDAO empowers the community by enabling decentralized decision-making regarding parameters of Universe.xyz, such as fees and future upgrades.
The Universe Protocol has two major functions. The first is a method for creating and minting new NFTs, known as Collections. Minting is the process of turning something, such as digital art, into a part of the Ethereum blockchain as a public ledger. The second function is a method for auctioning off those Collections. Universe Minting is where you can create and edit NFTs, and run them through a review process before launching. You can create one NFT or a collection of as many NFTs as you like. You can edit, format or change the styles of your NFTs before uploading the media and filling out the metadata. Once you have completed these steps, you can mint your NFT immediately or save it for publishing later. Universe Auction, a decentralized auction house still in development, is how you will be able to monetize your NFTs. Once launched, you can create a multi-tier reward system where you can compile several NFTs into rewards. You can choose between Platinum and Gold Tiers, and customize your rewards precisely as you want. After designing the details of the reward packages, you can create a landing page for your auction with photos, logos, and sales copy.
Universe.xyz grants voting rights and the ability to buy and sell NFTs to holders of the Universe $XYZ token. $XYZ tokens are the native currency of Universe.xyz which allows users to buy and sell NFTs. It is an ERC-20 token that allows users to vote on DAO proposals and earn rewards through the staking platform. When Universe.xyz launched on June 6, 2021, one billion $XYZ tokens were released. More tokens will be minted each year to accommodate new users in the Universe.xyz ecosystem. The market price of $XYZ as of August 5, 2021 is $0.1099. The total number of tokens in circulation is 168,226,310, while its market capitalization is $19,737,308.
One of Universe.xyz’s co-founders, Tim Kang, began his career as a software engineer for Deutsche Bank and invested a year of savings in Ethereum in early 2016, before becoming an avid NFT collector. He also developed the Sevens Foundation, which hosts grant programs to help emerging artists with the challenges of getting into the NFT space, such as the rising costs of minting an NFT. He recently partnered with Paris Hilton on a grant called “Empowered By Paris: Empowered Women Empower Women Exhibition,” which called on female artists to create a piece that explores the themes of female empowerment and representation.
As blockchain technology and digital assets continue to increase in popularity, we are excited to see the .xyz community grow with artist-focused members like Tim Kang and Universe.xyz. Learn more by following the platform on Twitter @universe_xyz or by visiting Universe.xyz.
The .xyz community is a proud home to many innovative and forward-thinking fashion designers and clothing brands. Berlin-based menswear brand Goetze.xyz was created by Sissi Goetze and is inspired by the city’s elements of art, design and leisure. Spain-based children’s clothing label Unsmile.xyz donates a portion of all proceeds to the CurArte Foundation to help hospitalized children and their families. Vaporwave streetwear brand PublicSpace.xyz sells high-quality, Los Angeles-made clothing with designs by fashion designer and founder Eric Wu. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday we’ll introduce you to a fashion brand that rotates their online collection of limited quantity pieces every three weeks to provide unique items inspired by exotic locales: Unedited.xyz.
Unedited.xyz is the online home of Unedited XYZ, a Miami-based clothing brand by co-founders Ines Sheero, a fashion creative, and Elio Rojas Riera, a Miami and Fort Lauderdale area realtor. The inspiration for their brand name can be gleaned from an Instagram caption which reads “Do not edit yourself. Be UN-EDITED.” The website features unique mens and womens clothing designed, created, and upcycled in limited quantities. The brand encourages frequent visits to Unedited.xyz because they rotate their limited quantity inventory every three weeks. Visitors must enter an email address to access the website, which helps the brand keep in touch with customers and alert them to important and exciting updates.
The clothing on Unedited.xyz is inspired by beautiful and exotic travel destinations. Current featured items designed for women include the Baru Robe, a linen robe with pink detailing and the eye-catching Unedited XYZ logo. A product description explains that the item was inspired by the Islas del Rosario off the coast of Colombia and was originally designed as a component for an outfit for Burning Man, a popular event held annually in the Black Rock Desert, north of Reno, Nevada, celebrating community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They also feature the Sorrento Windbreaker, described as divine and unique as the Coast of Sorrento in the south of Italy, overlooking Naples. On the For Him page, you can find the Kiva Jacket, a black denim jacket with the words “Protect Yo Energy” across the back. The product description explains that this jacket has a unisex classic fit and is strong and sleek like the rocky beaches of Lake Tahoe. If you see something you like, you’re encouraged to act fast. As production quantities are kept small, Unedited.xyz is able to regularly produce and feature new items to add to your wardrobe.
Unedited.xyz aims to inspire visitors to have fun while putting outfits together, and even more fun while wearing them. On the brand’s How to Wear page, a banner at the top states “Be happy, not perfect.”The page also explains “It’s all about feeling great with what you are wearing because this will bring confidence in you and that’s what we want.” This lookbook page includes a photographs taken by the brand, friends, and clients, and offers suggestions on how to wear Unedited.xyz’s featured products. Take a look at wildly popular Venezuelan telenovela actress Sabrina Seara for more inspiration. She turned heads at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards wearing the Caida del Cielo, a custom bright pink Unedited.xyz garment.
We are excited to have innovative fashion brands like Unedited.xyz populating the .xyz community, especially those that promote originality, confidence, and joy. Keep up with their ever-changing collection of fashions by following on Instagram @Unedited.xyz, Facebook @Unedited XYZ, or by visiting Unedited.xyz.