Here’s What Makes Bitcoin (BTC) NFTs Ordinals Different

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Vladislav Sopov

Dotta, anonymous NFT developer and creator of ERC721 software license, explains what is special about Bitcoin (BTC) digital collectibles


Pseudonymous NFT entrepreneur Dotta (@cryppadotta on GitHub), the creator of the first-ever license for ERC721 tokens Dotlicense and CEO of Forgotten Runes Wizard’s Cult ecosystem, praises Ordinals NFTs on Bitcoin (BTC). Why?

Seasoned NFT developer on Ordinals: More flexible, more privacy-focused, what else?

Yesterday, on Feb. 17, 2023, Dotta shared a Twitter thread to reflect on the popularity of Ordinals, a sort of NFTs on the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain. Despite being in its nascent stage, the concept has a number of “striking” advantages compared to its Ethereum-based predecessors.

First, the Ordinals concept prioritizes the privacy of the token creator: every release needs its unique wallet, so tracking “NFT whales” becomes more difficult than on Ethereum (ETH).

Then, Ordinals cannot support off-chain data. There is no possibility to attach a file from IPFS hosting, let alone AWS or any other Web2 cloud storage.

Surprisingly, despite the concept of Ordinals looking sophisticated, it is much easier to create NFTs on Bitcoin (BTC) than on an EVM-compatible blockchain. There is no need to write and deploy a smart contract: the content can be tokenized by a single command.

No roadmaps, no royalties, no expectations

Besides this, Ordinals would easily support other types of content beyond jpeg images or short text documents. Both HTML pages and 3D models are very rare on Ethereum (ETH): Ordinals unlock new tokenization opportunities for them.

Last but not least, so far, this segment is not affected by the attributes of VC-backed Web3 products: no roadmaps are released, and no marketplace charges creators with fees. As such, no “expectations” would trigger unhealthy hype around the product.

As covered by U.Today previously, some analysts have already attributed the recent Bitcoin (BTC) price upsurge to the spike in popularity of Bitcoin (BTC) NFTs.