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Fingerspelling.xyzNamecheap customer – (United States)

.XYZ is the chosen domain extension for many mission-driven changemakers. JoyInc.xyz was founded by young Nigerian lawyer Chude Jideonwo to support better education, develop healthier psychology, and generate impactful social movements in Africa. ForceofNature.xyz is a youth-led non-profit organization dedicated to helping fellow young people realize their change-making potential in the face of climate change. Afritech.xyz is a program designed to connect early-stage tech startups in Africa to mentors and investors worldwide. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to American Society for Deaf Children’s new online app designed to help parents communicate with their deaf children: Fingerspelling.xyz.

Fingerspelling.xyz

Fingerspelling.xyz is a fun and engaging resource created by non-profit organization American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) to help families of deaf and hard of hearing children learn American Sign Language (ASL). ASDC is “committed to empowering diverse families with deaf children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks.”1 Statistics indicate that nearly three out of 1,000 children in the US are born with hearing loss, and more than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.2 ASDC worked with creative studio Hello Monday to build an innovative and educational website that teaches “fingerspelling” – a form of ASL in which individual letters are formed by the fingers to spell out words.

Fingerspelling.xyz

The web-based app is designed to be fun and encouraging for players of all ages to enjoy learning ASL. Once you start, you are given a word and the computer shows you a 3D model of how your hand should be positioned for each letter of the word. For example, a player could be given the word “clay” and asked to spell it. You are then prompted to sign the first letter. The app utilizes the user’s webcam to track their hand movements as they practice the hand positions of the ASL alphabet, while an algorithm trained on images of correct hand positions analyzes the accuracy. On the left-hand side of the screen, there is a 3D hand that shows you how your hand and fingers should be positioned. On the right-hand side is the feed from your web camera, and you then hold up your hand and mirror what the 3D hand shows a C looks like. There are indicators on the 3D hand that help you see if your fingers are positioned correctly. Once you succeed, you are advanced to the next letter.

Feedback on this innovative learning tool has been extremely positive. Organizations praise the website for its design and innovation. England’s FWA, whose mission is to “showcase cutting edge creativity, regardless of the medium or technology used” named Fingerspelling.xyz their “FWA of the month” in May 2021.3 That same month, global web design organization Awwwards named Fingerspelling.xyz their site of the day.4 A quick search on Twitter shows additional high praise.5 Stephen Shankland of CNET News tweeted “This is a marvelous way to learn the sign language alphabet. Computer camera tracks your hand and AI figures out your finger positions.”6

Fun online learning can help just about anyone master a new skill with the click of a mouse. Fingerspelling.xyz teaches the fundamentals of ASL and exemplifies ASDC’s mission of promoting the empowerment of families with deaf children by giving them a useful tool to help them communicate in a fun and engaging way. Their interest in making an app that can teach anyone to better communicate with those experiencing hearing loss is inspiring. You can visit the platform at Fingerspelling.xyz to learn more.

1https://deafchildren.org/about/core-values/
2https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing
3https://thefwa.com/cases/httpsfingerspellingxyz
4https://www.awwwards.com/sites/fingerspelling-xyz?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SOTD_promo&utm_content=fingerspelling-xyz
5https://twitter.com/search?q=fingerspelling.xyz&src=typed_query&f=top
6https://twitter.com/stshank/status/1435995692481200134?s=20

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Sound.xyzNamecheap customer – (United States)

Web3 pioneers continue to use .xyz domains to launch innovative ideas. Decentralized Autonomous Organization project FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for members to pool funds for NFT investments. Cryptocurrency investment platform Launchpool.xyz offers exposure of investment projects to their growing community. Publishing platform Mirror.xyz helps writers distribute and monetize their minted work. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a new Web3 publishing platform that aims to help musicians release and monetize their music: Sound.xyz.

Sound.xyz

Sound.xyz is the online home of a new crypto music publishing platform aiming to disrupt the music industry. The artist-focused platform looks to help recording artists gain more of their music’s value by harnessing the power of blockchain technology to turn songs into collectible NFTs. Sound.xyz has plans to help musicians with this process by developing a full suite of Web3-native music and economic tools for use on the platform. On December 15, 2021, the startup announced they had raised $5 million in a seed round led by the a16z Crypto division of technology venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Sound.xyz joins a roster of crypto projects in a16z Crypto’s portfolio, including blockchain storage software Arweave and Ethereum-based decentralized finance protocol Uniswap. Other backers of Sound.xyz include Variant Fund, Scalar Capital, and rapper and record producer 21 Savage.1

Sound.xyz

The new platform aims to bolster the economic benefits musicians receive for their work. Inspired by NFT platform (and fellow .xyz community member) Manifold.xyz, the platform’s Sound Studio helps artists to mint original high-quality song NFTs while retaining true ownership of their work through embedded smart contracts. Artists are intended to receive 100% of the proceeds from their NFTs, as well as 10% of every resale, without losing ownership of their master or publishing rights.

Sound.xyz

Sound.xyz’s first tool, Listening Party, was released in early December to great praise from the platform’s inaugural artists. After launch, Sound.xyz featured a Listening Party for each of seven songs from independent artists on the platform. Each song sold out in less than a minute and generated revenue for the artists equivalent to 21 million streams on leading platforms.2 Daniel Allan tweeted that after the release of his song “Too Close” on Sound.xyz, it quickly sold out and he “earned $11K in five seconds.”3 The platform currently supports crypto wallets MetaMask and Wallet Connect.

The platform was developed by former Pandora Product Manager David Greenstein, Web3 programmer and DJ Matt Masurka, and former Apple Software engineer Vignesh Hirudayakanth. We are inspired by this forward-thinking team, and all of the innovative Web3 pioneers, in the .xyz community. We look forward to watching (and hearing) Sound.xyz develop along with all of the talented musicians who release music on the platform. You can learn more by following along on Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting Sound.xyz.

1https://techcrunch.com/2021/12/15/sound-xyz-raises-5m-from-a16z-to-explore-how-web3-can-upend-the-economics-of-the-music-business/
2 https://mirror.xyz/davidgreenstein.eth/jE31-g1kCirNczLj18fow78b_TNz6zXESfx4h1nkrN8
3 https://twitter.com/imdanielallan/status/1469067623774113795

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Sipher.xyzNamecheap customer – (Vietnam)

The .xyz community is full of innovative and unique blockchain-based, community-oriented Web3 projects. NFT-focused FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for community investing in crypto assets. Blockchain-powered digital publishing platform Mirror.xyz helps writers connect with audiences and crowdfund their future creative projects. DAO-governed Universe.xyz helps you mint NFTs and launch your own community-driven NFT universe. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an Ethereum-based exploration game centered around customizable NFT characters within a fantastical new community: Sipher.xyz.

Sipher.xyz

Sipher.xyz is the online home of Sipher, a blockchain-focused gaming studio founded by Vietnam-based real estate developer and entrepreneur Tin Nguyen. It is also home to their namesake game built on the Ethereum blockchain. Sipher.xyz encourages players and investors to acquire NFTs as they navigate their way through the Sipheria, a vast online universe where players can go on missions, join factions, compete in races, make new friends, earn money, and more. The game’s characters are called Siphers, and they are user-designed, limited edition sets of NFT game characters owned by the player who acquires and customizes  them. In October 2021, Sipher.xyz raised $6.8 million in its seed round of funding, co-led by VC firm Arrington XRP Capital.1 In a recent blog post, the VC firm wrote about the unique value of Sipher.xyz: “The significance of a player-owned virtual economy with real-world value cannot be understated. Sipher has designed an intricate gameplay and economic flywheel with a dual token economy to ensure sustainable growth and player adoption.”2

Players of Sipher.xyz have the unique opportunity to earn financial rewards as they have fun. Sipher.xyz has its own ERC-20 crypto token known as SIPHER ($SIPHER). This token serves as a transactional currency that can be used to participate in the governance of the game and purchase in-game NFTs such as costumes, accessories, weapons, and more. The blockchain game was designed to allow players to hold full ownership rights over all of their NFTs acquired from the game. These rights are stored using blockchain technology, which ascertains that they cannot be altered or deleted. Players are irrefutable owners of all the NFTs they acquire in Sipheria, which also classifies them as investors. All players and investors can trade their NFTs on the platform’s native marketplace known as the Bazaar, the commerce headquarters in Sipheria, where players can also pick professions and choose from a wide range of goods and services.

Sipher.xyz

Sipher.xyz attracted global attention very quickly. Prior to completing their seed round, Sipher.xyz released their first NFT collection, known as Sipher Inu, which consisted of 10,000 playable characters for the game. Sipher.xyz explains the NFTs have been designed with programmable emotions. Each character has five different emotions upon purchase, and more will be unlockable in the future. This collection sold out in less than fifteen minutes at an average cost of 0.4 ETH per NFT3. Hopeful players of the game and other NFT enthusiasts who could not purchase a Sipher Inu raced to NFT marketplace OpenSea to try to buy them in the aftermarket. 

We are inspired by the forward-thinking required of Tin Nguyen to develop this innovative gaming experience. Visionary Web3 pioneers like Tin continue to choose .xyz for their blockchain technology innovations. For gaming updates and news of upcoming NFT collections, follow the game on Twitter and visit Sipher.xyz.


1 https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/10/26/play-to-earn-game-firm-sipher-raises-68m-in-seed-round-co-led-by-arrington-capital/
2 https://arringtonxrpcapital.com/2021/10/26/into-the-world-of-sipheria%e2%80%8c-announcing-our-investment-into-sipher/
3 https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2021-10-27/sipher-closes-6-8-million-seed-round-to-accelerate-the-development-of-the-world-of-sipheria-game/

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

SaltandPepper.xyzGoDaddy customer – (United States)

.XYZ is home to many talented content creators and bloggers who harness their strong social media following to build an audience for their .xyz website. Celebratory wine blog TheLushLife.xyz offers sommelier Sarah Tracey’s wine knowledge and advice for best pairings, gift ideas, and style guides. Fashion entrepreneur Egreis Gjergjani introduced StilettoMeUp.xyz as a way to share her personal stories of welcoming the births of her children and launching two businesses. Travel and adventure blog BigBlueDot.xyz chronicles the global experiences of the Colebrook 5, a family from Red Deer Canada who visited 21 countries on an 18-month journey. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to the online home of recipe writer, travel photographer, and social media wonder Sarah Wohlner: SaltandPepper.xyz.

SaltandPepper.xyz

SaltandPepper.xyz is the food and travel-themed blog of marketing manager and content creator Sarah Wohlner. She drives fans and visitors to her website from her successful Instagram account with 101K followers, and an extremely popular Tik Tok account with over 592K followers and over 11M likes. Sarah created the website in April 2020, which now includes over 30 recipes, affiliate links to her favorite equipment, and a permanent way to contact her directly. Many people find Sarah’s recipes through her topical posts on social media. Her Squid-Game-inspired TikTok post on the Korean sugar candy known as Dalgona amassed attention with 1.5M likes. She links her bios to SaltandPepper.xyz, which serves as her permanent online hub for her online identity and her content.

SaltandPepper.xyz

Sarah is creating viral content with her recipes, and routing followers over to her website to capture their emails and build her email marketing list. Sarah’s Instagram page features a decadent Cranberry Blondie recipe, a wonderful winter dessert option. In the caption, she indicates that the full recipe has been posted on SaltandPepper.xyz, and provides a link to take viewers there. 

Collecting customer information creates a great avenue for Sarah to bring her readers back to her website. SaltandPepper.xyz includes an option to sign up for Sarah’s seasonal newsletter. The newsletter contains her mouth-watering recipes, valuable equipment savings, and helpful cooking guides which link back to SaltandPepper.xyz. By providing value to her readers, she’s establishing a stronger relationship with them and keeping them engaged with her brand. Sarah uses the branded email address [email protected] to correspond with her subscribers, which adds to her professional image and generates trust. When you have an email address directly associated with your domain name, customers can use that email address to find your website and have trust that they’re reaching out to the appropriate individual. Sarah’s viral content and marketing efforts can show her skills to culinary brands and attract mutually beneficial deals. A couple of her partnerships are shown from the link in her Tik Tok bio, including Los Angeles-based Thrive Market.

We are inspired by Sarah’s dedication to the world of food and travel. Her passions come together on SaltandPepper.xyz to make a delicious addition to the .xyz community of makers and creators. Sarah’s social media following is significant, and she is wise to house her recipes on a personal website where she has full ownership and control of her content. SaltandPepper.xyz helps Sarah to promote and present her content independently, giving her creative reign over her marketing and her audiences. For more of Sarah’s sweet and savory recipes, be sure to check out her social media accounts on Instagram, YouTube, and Tik Tok, or visit SaltandPepper.xyz.

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

BostonSeaport.xyzNetwork Solutions customer – (United States)

Back in 2017, we shared a feature about lifestyle center development project BostonSeaport.xyz, located in the heart of Boston’s Seaport district. One of our team members recently enjoyed the opportunity to see this project in person and captured a few photos for us. With the holiday season comes an increase in travel and tourism, so this #WebsiteWednesday we are checking back in to see what’s new at BostonSeaport.xyz

BostonSeaport.xyzWelcome to BostonSeaport.xyz

BostonSeaport.xyz is the online home of Boston Seaport, a 7.6 million square foot lifestyle center comprising residential, hotel, office, retail, entertainment, and public open spaces in Boston’s Seaport district. The project, one of the largest development projects in Boston’s history, was developed by Massachusetts-based property developer WS Development. BostonSeaport.xyz serves to inform the growing district with a regularly updated calendar of events, transportation services, parking information, lists of services and amenities, and even a link to career opportunities within the center. There’s also a comprehensive directory of over 35 shopping destinations. BostonSeaport.xyz has become an online information hub for all things related to the development project.

BostonSeaport.xyzVisitors young and old enjoy learning about BostonSeaport.xyz

As the project continues to develop, so has the choice of shopping destinations and family-friendly activities. Visitors to the center can enjoy a variety of new and exciting special events each month that weren’t available the first time we featured BostonSeaport.xyz. The Holiday Market at Snowport celebrates small, local businesses and is running until January 2, 2022. This new seasonal event features more than 60 small businesses, a Christmas tree market, and special menus from resident restaurants. The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA), which hosts various exhibitions, family activities, and teen programming throughout the year, is now free for all visitors every Thursday evening. On Sundays afternoons, new green venue The Rocks at Harbor Way presents Singing Tree concerts. At this family-friendly event, the biorhythms of Sugar Maples and Sassafras trees are translated into music by strategically placed electrodes that measure the electrical variations of leaves and translate that data into sound. The Rocks at Harbor Way venue was introduced in October 2021, and is the first phase of the Harbor Way public space slated for completion in 2024. The completed pedestrian promenade will create a link between Summer Street and the waterfront, and is inspired by New England’s coastal geology, forest landscapes, and traditional wooden boardwalks.

BostonSeaport.xyzThe Current at BostonSeaport.xyz

Since our first feature, BostonSeaport.xyz gained some retailers like Outdoor Voices and Everlane, as well as eateries like Chipotle and Harpoon Brewery. BostonSeaport.xyz is also now home to an experiential shopping area known as The Current. The Current was developed in 2018, and was designed as an inviting village for guests to wander and explore. The experiential space features a rotating lineup of emerging brands and small businesses. Retailers including Italian skincare brand Aloe Attiva, custom denim jacket designer BROdenim, and luxury pajama brand Maison Nou are making their stay at The Current through the middle of January 2022.

BostonSeaport.xyzInformational signage branded with BostonSeaport.xyz

BostonSeaport.xyz is a great example of how to use a .xyz domain to keep people informed about your project’s growth and development. By sharing their new features and events as they’re available, potential visitors can learn to keep revisiting the website for new updates. To encourage visits to their website, they display their .xyz domain on an informational sign about the ongoing development project. You can learn more about the Boston Seaport center and stay up-to-date on their special events by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and by visiting BostonSeaport.xyz.

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Block.xyzMarkMonitor customer – (United States)

Innovative platforms and corporations have been embracing .xyz domains and upgrading to domain names that signal their forward-thinking status. In 2015, Google’s parent company Alphabet was created, and forward-thinking decisionmakers used abc.xyz to brand its online home. Since 2016, Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis have used Starship.xyz for their autonomous robot delivery service. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has used Engine.xyz for years as the online home of their “tough tech incubator” The Engine, which provides funding, lab space, equipment, and mentorship to startups working to build world-changing technology. Venture capitalist and influencer Kevin Rose uses Proof.xyz as the online hub for his informational podcast devoted to the NFT space. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to the newly rebranded parent company of popular services such as Cash App and their original product Square, whose credit card reader and app has helped entrepreneurs to launch their products and accept in-person and contactless payments effortlessly: Block.xyz.

Block.xyz

Block.xyz is the beautifully designed online home of newly named financial services-focused Block, Inc. (formerly Square, Inc.). The company, which has a net worth of $89.72 billion1, officially rebranded on December 10, 2021 to acknowledge their growth beyond their Square product, and to signal their intention to continue expanding their roster of products and services. As stated on their website, “These are our building blocks, united by our shared purpose of economic empowerment. We’re creating tools to help expand access to the economy.” This includes a focus on blockchain technologies, such as their Bitcoin-focused Square Crypto project, now known as Spiral.xyz, aimed at making Bitcoin the planet’s preferred currency. The company is celebrating the introduction of Block with an enjoyable TIDAL playlist curated by rap and hip-hop legend (and TIDAL backer and board member) Jay-Z, playable directly from the captivating Block.xyz homepage.

Prominent technology billionaire and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey also co-founded Block.xyz’s most notable service, Square, in 2009. Since then it has become a leading mobile payment solution that helps individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses easily accept credit card payments on smartphones and tablets. Jack was most recently serving as Twitter’s CEO while also running Square. Jack stepped down from his role as Twitter CEO two days before Square, Inc. announced their rebrand. Jack explained the rebranding decision on Square’s product website:  “We built the Square brand for our Seller business, which is where it belongs. Block is a new name, but our purpose of economic empowerment remains the same. No matter how we grow or change, we will continue to build tools to help increase access to the economy.”

Block.xyz

There are layered reasons behind the choice of Block, Inc.’s new name. Square released a thread of Tweets2 sharing the news about the parent company’s name change, and included their inspiration behind the name Block: “Block references the neighborhood blocks where we find our sellers, a blockchain, block parties full of music, obstacles to overcome, a section of code, building blocks, and of course, tungsten cubes.”

The many associated meanings signal what they’ve accomplished thus far and what they intend to develop going forward. We are very excited to welcome Block.xyz to the .xyz community of innovative, forward thinkers, and we look forward to seeing what else is in store. For more information, you can follow the company on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, or visit Block.xyz.


1https://stockanalysis.com/stocks/sq/statistics/
2https://twitter.com/Square/status/1466158911413760004

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Proof.xyzGoogle Domains customer – (United States)

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are one-of-a-kind digital assets that are becoming increasingly popular. More and more NFT-focused creatives are launching their blockchain-based ideas to create, distribute, and invest in this growing crypto phenomenon on .xyz domains. Technology venture capitalist Kevin Rose was recently a guest of entrepreneur Tim Ferriss on his podcast The Random Show, where he discussed the crypto community’s attraction to the .xyz domain.

“The domain handle .xyz was co-opted by just the whole NFT and crypto movement. It just became this thing where all of the dot coms were taken. It seemed too commercial. It was played out. It was old. […]  And for some reason, if you’re Web3, if you’re crypto, if you’re NFTs, just use .xyz. And everyone just latched onto that. So that’s been the thing.” 

Minting platform Manifold.xyz helps creators mint NFTs embedded with smart contracts. Crypto art curator FirstEdition.xyz created a blockchain art gallery. Decentralized Autonomous Organization project FlamingoDAO.xyz developed a platform for members to pool funds for NFT investments. In this this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to an informational podcast devoted to the NFT space hosted by Kevin Rose himself: Proof.xyz.

Proof.xyz

Proof.xyz is the online home of Proof, the podcast hosted by Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist Kevin Rose. Kevin created the NFT-themed podcast in March 2021. There are over 30 episodes of the podcast featuring interviews with NFT artists, developers of new tools for NFT creators and collectors, and discussions about NFT marketplaces, blockchain gaming, and the metaverse. Kevin is a partner at Silicon Valley-based True Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested $2 billion in early stage technology startups, including Peloton, FitBit, and Ring. As he states on Proof.xyz’s homepage, BusinessWeek named him one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web,”1 Forbes named him one of “Top 25 Web Celebrities,”2 and Bloomberg named him as a “Top 25 Angel Investor.” As he shares on his LinkedIn page, Kevin’s notable angel investments include Twitter, Square, Foursquare, Nextdoor, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Facebook. Kevin has appeared on multiple talk shows as well as issues of Businessweek and Inc. Magazine. You may notice on his Twitter bio that Kevin displays his personal website as KevinRose.xyz (which redirects to his canonical URL), demonstrating his affinity for .xyz domains. In November, Kevin tweeted about receiving The Worm (a traveling, shareable NFT) from artist Tyler Hobbs, who had received it from Snoop Dogg. Tyler states that he shared it to Kevin for being “one of the biggest supporters of this space.”

Proof.xyz

Proof listeners can learn about the NFT space, the blockchain technology involved, and the different types of art being made by creators. Recent episodes include in-depth conversations with NFT artists like Berlin-based Alida Sun and Vancouver-based Nicolas Sassoon in which they each discuss their process and how they found their way to the NFT-space. A couple of particularly educational episodes from this past summer feature fellow .xyz community members. An episode in May 2021 features a discussion with the FlamingoDAO.xyz collaborators Priyanka Desai and Aaron Wright. Together they discuss what Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are, how they operate, and how you can join one. An episode in June 2021 features a discussion with Universe.xyz co-founder Tyler Ward. Kevin and Tyler dive deep into the formation of the artist-focused NFT platform and its xyzDAO. The feedback on the Reviews page suggests that Proof.xyz is “always good,” “super enlightening,” and is a “must listen NFT show.”

We are inspired by the passion that Kevin has for the NFT space and in his interest in sharing that passion with the world. This informational and entertaining podcast about the innovative world of NFTs is a fantastic addition to the forward-thinking .xyz community. If you are interested in receiving regular updates from Proof.xyz, be sure to subscribe to Kevin’s newsletter. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter or visit Proof.xyz.


1https://www.cnet.com/news/businessweek-names-the-webs-top-25/
2https://www.forbes.com/2010/02/02/web-celebrities-internet-thought-leaders-25_slide.html?sh=7d24b19d58dc

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Manifold.xyzGoogle Domains customer – (Canada)

There are many NFT-focused Web3 creators and metaverse mavericks bringing their ideas to life in the .xyz community. NFT-focused decentralized autonomous organization FlamingoDAO.xyz created a platform for investing in blockchain-based assets. Metaverse-aimed Davatar.xyz helps you use NFTs or photos to create and assign one avatar across all ENS applications. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday we’ll introduce you to an innovative NFT platform where users can mint their digital assets with baked-in smart contracts: Manifold.xyz.

Manifold.xyz

Manifold.xyz is the online home of a new Canada-based NFT minting company built on Ethereum that aims to help artists fully own their NFTs with the use of smart contract technology. Smart contracts are programs stored on a blockchain that are used to automate the execution of an agreement when predetermined conditions are met. Commonly, creators mint NFTs using the same platform that sells their NFT, making it a product of a third party’s minting contract. Manifold.xyz uses their embedded smart contract technology to offer Manifold Creator Contracts, which are aimed to help creators take full ownership of their NFTs by encouraging their work to stand out based on creator’s names. All NFTs minted on the platform are then compatible with, and can be sold on, other NFT platforms such as OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, Nifty Gateway, and Zora. In August 2021, Manifold.xyz secured $7.91 million in seed funding, helping them to continue their growth and meet the appeal of new users to the NFT space as well as top artists and web3 content creators. These include such creators as accomplished 3D illustrator and digital artist Billelis, Turkish-American new media artist and designer Refik Anadol, and Grammy Award winning rapper and record executive Jay-Z, whose NFTs can be seen on the website’s homepage.

Manifold.xyz customers can use the platform’s Manifold Studio feature to mint their own NFTs without any necessary coding skills. Manifold Studio is free to use, and is intended to help novice creators build their presence in the NFT space while retaining true ownership of their work. Manifold Studio can automatically prepare your creator contract and send it to your browser when complete. Once your contract is deployed you have full control over it and retain the power to mint ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens, two major types of Ethereum tokens. The Manifold Studio feature also helps you to mint NFTs out of high-res images and videos, customize the attributes of your NFT, its video thumbnail, and store it in its decentralized storage platform. Manifold.xyzManifold.xyz

This summer, Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki announced his involvement with Manifold.xyz in a series of Tweets about a project called Dominion X. Steve Aoki collaborated with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (the studio behind Robot Chicken and Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.) to present Dominion X, the first episodic series to launch on the blockchain. Dominion X was minted from a custom smart contract via Manifold.xyz with unique interactive qualities directly within the NFT. The debut NFT is a stop motion animated short that introduces the world of Character X, first seen in Steve Aoki’s Dream Catcher pack of eight NFTs.

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Scene from Dominion X by Steve Aoki and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Minted on Manifold.xyz

Manifold.xyz was founded by Web3 developers Eric Diep, Richerd Chan, and Wilkins Chung to serve as the first platform where crypto visual artists can enjoy full ownership of their work. Richerd Chen recently made news by turning down a record-breaking offer for his Cryptopunk NFT. That offer was made by fellow .xyz community member, POAP.xyz. Richerd uses the particular NFT as his profile image, and rejected the $9.5M offer, stating: “To me, my brand, identity, and what I’m building in the NFT space will be way more valuable in the long run.”

We are inspired by the growing list of groundbreaking blockchain solutions making their home in the .xyz community. We look forward to seeing all of the brilliant artistry created by Manifold.xyz users. You can learn more by following Manifold using their perfect match Twitter handle at @manifoldxyz, or by visiting Manifold.xyz.

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

On behalf of the entire XYZ team, we hope you and your loved ones had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! As a new year approaches, now is an ideal time to invest in a strong online presence for your growing business or brand. If someone wants more information about a product or business, they’re likely to do their research online, and a majority of that research is conducted through search engines. A strong online presence can help you reach new audiences all over the world, communicate your offerings, and create a memorable user experience.

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As you begin to build a memorable and modern online presence, take inspiration from the many creative and innovative members of the .xyz community: 

  • Promote your specialty services like natural wine sellers PlantsAnimals.xyz with a YourShop.xyz domain. 
  • Launch your forward-thinking Web3 platforms and blockchain innovations on YourProject.xyz domains, like Mirror.xyz and Agora.xyz
  • Are you a member of a dedicated interest group or organization? Set up a webpage to extend your reach with YourOrganization.xyz, like the climate-focused non-profit startup organization ForceofNature.xyz
  • Consider taking your portfolio online like illustrator and video game developer LeightonGray.xyz and get your FirstNameLastName.xyz. 

Get a head start on buying gifts for the holidays by getting members of your family their own FirstNameLastName.xyz domains as well. Your website is your own piece of the internet, and giving the gift of a FirstNameLastName.xyz lets your loved ones share their passions, professional work, and ideas with the world. 

Earlier this year, XYZ changed the face of the beauty industry online with four attractive domain names to help individuals and brands to share their passion with the world: Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup. The XYZ Black Friday Cyber Monday sale is the perfect time to launch your beautiful online presence: 

  • Build an online home for your emerging beauty brand and establish a webpage with global reach with YourBrand.Skin, like skincare brand Reuleaux.Skin
  • Claim your professional speciality with a short and memorable .Hair domain like TSS.Hair
  • Make a lasting impression with a .Makeup domain like AMBeauty.Makeup

Don’t wait to get the look. Choose your memorable domain name today

We’re not stopping with our beauty domains! The versatility of our .Homes, .Autos, .Motorcycles, .Boats, and .Yachts domains means even more businesses, brands, professionals, and industry enthusiasts have exciting domain extensions available to them at great savings: 

  • Widen your real estate business’ digital footprint and reach more customers by adopting a .Homes domain, like real estate specialists TheOne.Homes
  • Looking to set your automotive or powersport business up for success? Race your website into first place with memorable domains like MarketResearch.Motorcycles and TopSpeedMotors.Autos
  • Help your nautical business set sail with a catchy .Boats domain like Wimbi.Boats

Whatever you’re most passionate about, you can connect with it more deeply by sharing it with a global audience on your new website built on a XYZ domain. 

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XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.

Find the perfect holiday gifts with the 2021 XYZ Small Business Saturday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to start thinking about holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones. Nearly everything you might need on your list can be found from small businesses with shoppable online marketplaces. Independent retailers make a very important impact on our economy. In 2020, there were over three million new jobs created through start-up businesses1. Your support can make the holidays even happier for these emerging retailers. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll help you find incredible small businesses in the .xyz community that carry gifts for nearly everyone on your list.

Small Business Saturday is an annual shopping holiday that promotes small businesses and encourages consumers to start the holiday shopping season by shopping small. The holiday supports small businesses by bringing attention to their importance in our economy. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 27, 2021. In an effort to help you shop small, here are 12 small businesses where you can find gifts for everyone on your list.

1 https://www.statista.com/statistics/235515/jobs-created-by-start-ups-in-the-us/

1. For the streetwear fan 

PublicSpace.xyz

For the streetwear lover on your list, consider some new clothing items inspired by one designer’s passion for collaborative art, electronic music, and the varied interests of the label’s own fans. PublicSpace.xyz is fashion designer Eric Wu’s dedication to supporting and elevating other emerging artists. Eric helps artists reach a broader audience through PublicSpace.xyz and gives them commission on every piece sold, so they can continue to do what they love. This online marketplace sells high-quality, Los Angeles made clothing with bold designs that have even graced Cosmopolitan magazine

PublicSpace.xyz

In many parts of the world, it’s the perfect weather for a new hoodie, and the streetwear fan on your list may love the “Banana Basel Cotton Hoodie.” This white cotton hoodie is inspired by the infamous $120,000 Art Basel Banana, and is available for you and everyone on your list for considerably less. You can learn more by following the shop on Instagram and Facebook, or by visiting PublicSpace.xyz.

2. For the art lover

MightyType.xyz

For those on your list who love art and design, consider the gift of some eye-pleasing decor like posters, photography prints, and stretched canvas art. You can find all of this and more at MightyType.xyz, the online home of skilled creative Tanner Vargas. This personal website also features an online store that carries photography prints, stretched canvas artwork, stickers, T-shirts and more, all featuring Tanner’s original artwork and photography.  The design lover on your list just might appreciate a brand new poster for that bare space on their wall. 

MightyType.xyz

The shop features a variety of modern designs, including a series of high quality poster prints on matte paper, such as this one titled “Off The Grid.” You can learn more by following the shop on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or visit MightyType.xyz.

3. For the budding journalist

StudyHall.xyz

​​For the aspiring media professionals on your list, you can make their holidays bright with the invaluable gift of an online support network populated with members of the media industry. Take a look at StudyHall.xyz. This platform 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 has an email Listserv of over 4,500 members who receive weekly newsletters and access to informative Slack chats and editor databases. This Listserv community can be a beneficial platform for writers and aspiring journalists, and a membership package might be just the gift they need to get their career started.

StudyHall.xyz

The platform offers six different membership options which offer varying levels of benefits such as a discounted Network membership paid on an annual basis, a monthly subscription that provides a weekly report on the media industry, and a monthly Listserv membership that has job listings, pitch calls, and more. You can take a look at the different subscription plans on the Subscribe page to consider which plan might most benefit your intended recipient. To learn more, visit StudyHall.xyz.

4. For the accomplished adventurer

PrintMyRoute.xyz

For those on your list who conquer great running trails or climb as many mountains as they can, look no further than PrintMyRoute.xyz. This exciting platform creates 3D printed models of exact geographic routes that can then be displayed as trophies on a shelf or framed as a 3D illustration above your desk. PrintMyRoute.xyz works to ensure each 3D printed route purchased is as exact as possible by allowing customers to submit their route using popular mapping tools. The platform also offers custom engraving options, bespoke prints, and secure global shipping.

PrintMyRoute.xyz

Simply visit PrintMyRoute.xyz to upload your special recipient’s proud accomplishment, and prepare to give them a gift that will make their holidays that much more special. You can learn more by following the platform on Twitter and Facebook, or by visiting PrintMyRoute.xyz.

5. For the coffee fanatic

Black.xyz

For the coffee lover on your list, consider purchasing fresh, seasonal specialty coffee beans that are likely to take homebrewed coffee to a new level. Black.xyz is a specialty coffee roaster and supplier located in Bratislava, Slovakia. The owners behind the company pride themselves on the freshness, quality, and seasonality of their roasted coffee selection. They feature coffee beans from popular coffee regions like Brazil and Columbia, as well as a varied selection of coffee-related merchandise and branded T-shirts. 

 Black.xyz

Visit the e-shop link to check out Black.xyz’s range of merchandise and coffee beans. Costa Rican coffee Entre Rios is described as having a balanced body with the taste of green tea and the acidity of mandarin, which complements the sweetness of honey and the aftertaste of pecans. The coffee drinker on your list may be very pleasantly surprised with a new favorite way to wake up. You can learn more by following them on Instagram and Facebook, or by visiting Black.xyz.

6. For the four-legged friend

Wooof.xyz

For the furry friends on your list, consider buying carefully crafted dog foods and supplements designed with your dog’s health in mind. Meet Wooof.xyz. Wooof.xyz is a Netherlands-based dog food manufacturer that provides natural dog food designed to improve your pet’s overall health. They aim to create high-quality dog food by crafting it using carefully selected ingredients backed by nutritional science. With six varieties of dog foods, as well as healthy snacks and vitamin supplements to support skin, coat, and digestion, you should be able to find something to give your dog a spectacular holiday season. 

Wooof.xyz

Wooof Puppy, for example, is specially formulated to contribute to the healthy growth of puppies up to 11 months old. Compare all the varieties and choose the best formula for your fur buddies. Follow Wooof.xyz on Instagram and Facebook, or visit Wooof.xyz or order your selections.

7. For the fashionista

Unedited.xyz

For those looking to bolster their wardrobes, give the gift of a limited edition garment that is sure to help them stand out in a crowd. Take a look at Unedited.xyz. This Miami-based clothing brand features unique men and women’s clothing designed and created in limited quantities. The brand encourages frequent visits to Unedited.xyz because they rotate their limited quantity inventory every three weeks. Creating items in limited quantities helps them to keep their selection fresh and helps buyers to know that they’re choosing something unique that will stand out. The fashionista on your list might enjoy one of the many chic items inspired by exotic travel destinations. 

Unedited.xyz
Whether you are shopping For Him or For Her, you are likely to find something special. A current featured item designed for women is the Tulum Robe, a silk robe with animal print and the eye-catching Unedited XYZ logo. A product description explains that the “magical and edgy” item was inspired by the town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Find the perfect items for your fashionista by following on Instagram @Unedited.xyz, Facebook @Unedited XYZ, or by visiting Unedited.xyz.

8. For the fitness enthusiast

Moxie.xyz

If you have someone passionate about fitness on your list, consider giving them the gift of working out from home, whenever they want. Moxie.xyz is an online fitness community platform helping users workout from home, on their own time and at an affordable cost. Classes include everything from yoga to high intensity interval training, and even guided meditation. The fitness enthusiast on your list might love the opportunity to enjoy some exhilarating workouts from the comfort of their own home.

Moxie.xyz

Moxie.xyz

A quick scroll to the bottom of the homepage will take you links for some thoughtful gift options. You can select a Moxie Pass, which provides access to any class with any coach and at any time. Or, you can simply send a personalized digital gift card “to help your loved ones achieve their fitness goals.” Purchase gifts and find class information and updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or visit Moxie.xyz.

9. For the music scene fan

Preme.xyz

For the music scene lover on your list, consider giving them the gift of a truly independent music publication aimed to provide new musicians with an exciting platform to showcase their work. This is Preme.xyz. Preme Magazine is an independent arts and music publication founded in 2018. The magazine features new and established photographers, musicians, models, designers, directors, and more that can entertain and inspire the music lover on your list.

Preme.xyz

To select a nice print edition of Preme Magazine for the music fan on your list, click “Print Issues” from Preme.xyz’s homepage. Last year’s issue featuring Jack Harlow is an interesting read, especially considering how his career has progressed since then leading up to his recent recording of Industry Baby with Lil Nas X.  You can also visit the Shop link right underneath the masthead on their homepage to check out their assortment of merch selections. You can learn more by following Preme on Instagram or heading over to Preme.xyz.

10. For the wellness advocate

SuperstarX.xyz

Perhaps you’ve got someone on your list who would appreciate a unique gift that also gives back. In that case, check out SuperstarX.xyz. Canada-based 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. One of the ways they share the work of their collective is through The X Shop (TXS), found at TheXShop.xyz, which is an e-commerce art gallery with products like hoodies, tote bags, and kitchenware, all featuring artwork by the collective’s artists. SuperstarX.xyz donates 10% of proceeds from the shop towards wellness initiatives, programs, and organizations. They state that their designs are “for trend-setting humans who make a statement simply by being who they are.” You’re bound to find something new and exciting for the loved one that seems to have everything, and you can help spread the mission of eradicating oppression with your purchase. 

theXShop.xyz

Audience” is a waterproof duffel bag that seems ideal for a weekend getaway.
It features artwork from SuperstarX.xyz’s debut artist, Edward K. Weatherly, as well as the added gift of knowing the purchase has helped benefit wellness initiatives.

11. For the home cook 

TimeMarket.xyz

The holiday season is likely gametime for the home cook on your list.  It’s the perfect time to check out Tucson-based TimeMarket.xyz to find just about anything that could bring a smile to their face. TimeMarket.xyz is a bakery, restaurant, grocery store, and gift shop located about half a mile from the University of Arizona. Their online store makes it very easy to enjoy the wonderful selection of gifts if you’re unable to shop there in person. Whether the home cook on your list is in need of a new cookbook, cookware, or fine crafted kitchen knives, TimeMarket.xyz may be able to help you find just the thing.

TimeMarket.xyz

A versatile cast iron skillet is always a nice choice. The No. 8 Cast Iron Chef Skillet is a compact skillet that has a polished interior surface designed to make it naturally non-stick and easier to clean. There is an attractive hand-stitched full grain leather potholder available which could add a sophisticated and modern touch to any kitchen. Perhaps a Beechwood pepper mill in either a Poppy Red or Natural Finish will bring that holiday joy. You can learn more and find many more gift options by visiting TimeMarket.xyz.

12. For the crypto investor

Manifold.xyz

For the metaverse-focused crypto fan in your life, give the gift of a one-of-a-kind non-fungible token (NFT). An NFT is a unique digital asset stored on the blockchain, and can be minted from art, music, videos and more. NFTs are a big hit in the crypto community, and there are online NFT platforms for minting these special pieces of art. Canada-based Manifold.xyz is an NFT platform that is particularly unique because it aims to help artists fully own their NFTs with the use of smart contract technology. All NTFs minted on the platform are then compatible with, and can be sold on, other NFT platforms such as OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, Nifty Gateway, and Zora.

Manifold.xyz

There are many exciting limited edition Manifold Collab NFT auctions where you can score a unique crypto gift. Once your purchase is in your wallet, you can transfer the NFT to the wallet address of your intended recipient. You can learn more by following Manifold on Twitter or by visiting Manifold.xyz

The .xyz community is home to many small businesses with brilliant websites that amplify their unique offerings to the world. We are inspired by these small businesses, and enjoy the opportunity to raise awareness of Small Business Saturday during this holiday shopping season.

XYZ is proud to share about the many incredible members that make up the XYZ community! We encourage you to do your own research before using the products and services of the websites we feature. The information about products and services contained in this blog post does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by XYZ.