NFT Experiments: Creator Economy NFTs
First, we had financial experiments with crypto. In 2021 and now in 2022, we see social experiments with NFTs.
Satoshi’s Bitcoin brought about financial experiments with crypto. In 2021 and now in 2022, we see different forms of incentives around social dynamics. January isn’t over yet and so much has happened already.
Last week, the face of Indonesian student Ghozali Ghozalu was all over NFT Twitter. “Ghozali Everyday” is a collection of selfies taken over 5 years, almost every day. He started when he was 18 and his NFT series unfolds like a coming of age story. A few days later, Instagram influencer Irene Zhao launched IreneDAO NFTs, which was tokenized from a sticker collection introduced to genesis members of their Discord. Now, it exceeds $10M in volume. The 1,000+ NFTs act as both an access and membership pass for communities on SO-COL. Short for social collectibles, SO-COL is a decentralized platform for the creator economy. Think OnlyFans, Twitch and Patreon but make it Web3.
Although Web2 tools are available to creators, by nature of being a centralized entity, there’s a degree of censorship involved, coupled with regulation and gatekeeping. For example, users have stated that Twitch’s policy enforcement around banning certain streamers have been inconsistent. As a creator, if you want to remain on the platform, you have no choice but to follow the lines they’ve established. With decentralization, there’s a robust diversity of ideas. Web3 is a place to be different, a place to try new things. It’s where you can experiment. It follows that many entrants are equally intrigued, so there’s a lot of competition. This is a good thing as it spurs innovation.
The significance of IreneDAO is that it’s a proof of concept for an NFT social experiment - how creators can connect with fans. Both Ghozali and Irene, showcases the potential of creator economies and the power of memes, fans and simps. This NFT model can be easily replicated by celebrities, idols, and influencers, that want to bring fan interaction to Web3 – whether it’s to support creators or to grow with creators. Instead of being paid in likes, creators actually get paid. It’ll be interesting to watch the DAO part of the project evolve. In theory, DAOs shorten the feedback loop, meaning that innovation can be followed by real-time improvement.
IreneDAO’s success is a green light for creators. We’ve seen some pop-up as Solana NFTs but right now, projects remain more of a meme, like PhireneDAO (a flipped version of IreneDAO). Where it goes remains to be seen but if you think this is crazy, just you wait.
⛑ It’s been a bumpy week for us but we’re working on solutions:
In response to the feedback on Bored Ape Solana Club, a derivative of Ethereum’s Bored Ape Yacht Club, we published our views and steps moving forward.
TL;DR: Our core beliefs are that we should encourage openness in listings and yet, in order to facilitate a healthier NFT ecosystem, we should not promote derivative collections. Solutions: 1) delisting, 2) flagging, 3) derivative badge.
We are listening closely to the community's feedback and may adapt our approach. We ask for patience as we find the right solution and balance many different community perspectives.
Read more here.
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