The past few weeks in crypto land have been focused on the latest craze: Ordinals.
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What are Ordinals, you might ask? They’re NFT-like Bitcoin digital artifacts that are on the blockchain.
While the project isn’t the first to try to bring NFTs onto the Bitcoin blockchain, it’s definitely gaining the most traction today.
About 122,500 Ordinals have been inscribed, which is jargon for created (or minted), to date, according to Dune Analytics data. The number of total inscriptions is up 40% from about 88,000 on Tuesday. On February 8, the number of Ordinals inscribed peaked over 21,000, and Wednesday was the second highest day with over 17,7000, the data showed.
“It has really escaped, it’s gone nuclear,” Casey Rodarmor, the creator of Ordinals, shared with TechCrunch. “There are people building things that I don’t even hear about until they’ve launched. So it’s really about where people want to take this.”
Although things have started off strong, time will tell on whether or not the project will continue to grow and compete with major NFT ecosystems on chains like Ethereum and Solana.
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Ordinals creator views his Bitcoin-centric creation as digital artifacts, not just NFTs
TechCrunch sat down with the Ordinals creator to discuss the inspiration for the NFT-like Bitcoin project that is expanding rapidly. “I thought I was building something good and I thought I was meeting an unmet market demand that NFT collectors had expressed a desire for,” Rodarmor said. And by the current market’s response, his creation did in fact meet that demand.
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