Innovative blockchain-based platforms with common goals of ushering more people into the web3 space are taking residence in the .xyz community. NFT studio BCL.xyz seeks to empower creators and brands as they make their way into the web3 landscape. Web3 platform Mojito.xyz designs and operates Ethereum-compatible NFT marketplaces, games, and communities. DAO-governed Universe.xyz helps artists mint NFTs and launch community-driven NFT universes. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a Los Angeles-based platform aimed at initiating content creators into the world of NFT-focused communities and enhancing the experience of already established web3 citizens: Islands.xyz.
Islands.xyz is the online home of web3 startup Islands, launched by fellow Forbes Under 30 list alumni Tiffany Zhong1 and Nikhil Srinivasan2. Tiffany and Nikhil also co-founded marketing agency Zebra Intelligence, designed to help brands understand the interests of Gen Z. Their aim with Islands.xyz is to populate web3 with more people, specifically web2-based content creators. Islands.xyz works to bridge talent from web2 internet companies, like prominent social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, over to web3’s crypto, NFT, and other creator-focused projects where individuals can take ownership of their content, curation, and commerce. Venture capital firm Seven Seven Six, led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, invested $3.5 million3 to help launch Islands.xyz.
Those who are interested in becoming members of Islands.xyz can request a user name and provide an email for an invitation as well as the address of a digital wallet to connect while signing up. Once onboarded, members will be able to trade NFTs directly within Islands.xyz, create new projects called “Islands” within its Discord server, and mint new NFT projects. They can also share their “Islands” with the communities they create. The platform has built profiles for members to share their online identity with the world, token-gated communities to help find like-minded members, and a storefront to easily buy the NFTs needed to join communities of interest. Islands.xyz aims to simplify the community creation process by removing much of the potentially confusing crypto aspect.
Since launching at the end of November 2021, Islands.xyz has been steadily building the platform and its available tools with safety, simplicity, and ease of use as top priorities. In May 2022, the platform added links and embeds with rich content previews, as well as enhanced security features. For example, after users click a link on Islands.xyz, there is a pop-up message asking to confirm the destination before redirecting. Islands.xyz has also revamped their Discord. Members can now access the following useful channels:
We are inspired by Tiffany and Nikhil’s aim to help bring web2 talent over to web3. Much like .xyz gives the next generation of internet users the opportunity to brand themselves on a global domain, Islands.xyz seeks to empower people to create culture and community in their own corner of the web3 landscape. It’s a great fit. You can learn more by following the platform on Twitter @IslandsXYZ, joining the Discord, and visiting Islands.xyz.
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