Arweave Q1 2021 Ecosystem Update: NFTs, The Guardian, a new web wallet, new gateway, & much more!

This quarter has been astronomically busy for the whole Arweave ecosystem! In March alone, the network handled over 1 million transactions, and the storage endowment grew to over $550,000. The latest incubator programme, the Open Web Foundry, came to a close last week with over 500 participants. Plus, we have a raft of fantastic updates to share from the vibrant network of founders, including: Arweave’s unique offering for NFTs being showcased in the Guardian, the creation of atomic NFTs, ArConnect — a new MetaMask-style AR web wallet from the Verto team, and much, much more.

Theres been so much activity so far in 2021, we’re trialling a stripped-down version of this ecosystem update! Give us your feedback here.

Profit Sharing Community Updates

The Verto.Exchange team: Leading profit sharing token exchange

community.XYZ: The profit sharing communities hub

ArDrive: Offering permanent, immutable file storage

ArVerify: The ‘blue tick for the permaweb’

ArGo: Deploy to the permaweb in just one click

fQR Weave: The permaweb’s immutable anti-counterfeiting solution

Evermore: A powerful permaweb-based file storage tool

ArweaveNews: A community-run news service for the Arweave ecosystem

The Koi Protocol: A new framework for decentralized permaweb services

Pianity: Connecting artists, fans, and buyers by building permanent music NFTs

Decent.Land: A permaweb-based social network protocol

everFinance: A layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum with virtually gasless transactions using Arweave

New on the Permaweb

Ecclesia: A social media platform focused on free speech

Arcade City: Decentralizing the gig economy

Litentry: Web3.0 cross-chain identity aggregation protocol

Non-Fungible Tokens & Arweave

The world is beginning to wake up to the incredible potential of Arweave + NFTs! Read more about why this is such a powerful combination in this Twitter thread and blog post from the core team. Arweave’s unique offering to the NFT economy is also outlined in this recent Guardian article.

If you have an NFT project you want to bring to Arweave, consider applying for the Arweave Grants programme, or reaching out to us via email.

Atomic NFTs

New this quarter to the Arweave ecosystem are atomic NFTs. That is, NFTs that have permanent, on-chain assets, no external metadata, and are contained within one Arweave address! Whether you’re using the arweave.net gateway to view the assets of an NFT, or telling a SmartWeave contract where to locate an NFT, with atomic NFTs on Arweave, the location for both tasks is the same. Read more about atomic NFTs here — the technology is a huge boon to NFT creators and collectors alike, ensuring that your assets will be accessible forever, and that they will not ever be dissociated from their metadata.

Hashmasks: A living NFT collection created in collaboration with >70 artists

1111 by Kevin Abosch: Arweave permanent storage in action

Other NFT projects recently migrating to or minted on Arweave include:

Arweave Network & Protocol Updates

Arweave 2.4.0.0, 2.4.0.1, & Succinct Proofs Of Random Access (SPoRA)

TestWeave

SmartWeave

Amplify: A faster, more powerful gateway implementation for Arweave

ArweaveJS

ArDB: Stop writing GraphQL requests by hand!

uwu: A new safe language for writing SmartWeave contracts

In the Wild

Podcasts

Arweave Founder Sam Williams has appeared on multiple podcasts this quarter, you can listen at the links here:

Articles

NFTs are helping artists solve a vital problem: who owns digital artwork? | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/apr/03/non-fungible-tokens-digital-art-artists

Yes, Your NFTs Can Go Missing — Here’s What You Can Do About It | Decrypt - https://decrypt.co/62037/missing-or-stolen-nfts-how-to-protect

NFT Immutability Debate Grows as Tokenized Tweets Get Deleted and NFT Images Are Replaced | Bitcoin.com — https://news.bitcoin.com/nft-immutability-debate-grows-as-tokenized-tweets-get-deleted-and-nft-images-are-replaced/

It’s an NFT Boom. Do You Know Where Your Digital Art Lives? | How Arweave supports NFTs | CoinDesk https://www.coindesk.com/its-an-nft-boom-do-you-know-where-your-digital-art-lives

Arweave vs Filecoin | How do the two protocols differ, and why? | From the ArDrive teamhttps://ardrive.io/arweave-vs-filecoin/

Arweave Introduces New Consensus “SPoRA” — https://tokenpost.com/Arweave-Introduces-New-Consensus-SPoRA-6729

Exploring Solana and the SOL Token — Ivan on Tech | The Arweave <> Solana SOLAR bridge — https://academy.ivanontech.com/blog/exploring-solana-and-the-sol-token

Web3 ELI5: What is Web3? | Arweave’s role for storage in Web3- https://messari.io/article/web3-eli5-what-is-web3

Advanced Blockchain AG Has Invested In Permanent Data Storage Provider, Arweavehttps://blog.advancedblockchain.com/advanced-blockchain-ag-has-invested-in-permanent-data-storage-provider-arweave/

Version One Ventures invests in Arweave -

https://versionone.vc/announcing-our-investment-in-arweave/

https://www.chainnews.com/news/392522406744.htm

Ternoa Blockchain — Immortalizing Memories and Data | Ternoa utilises Arweave for immutable storage — https://www.altcoinbuzz.io/reviews/altcoin-projects/ternoa-blockchain-immortalizing-memories-and-data/

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What an amazing start to the year! Be sure to follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest news as it happens, and if you’re a developer, join us on Discord, where we have over 5,500 developers waiting to chat and collaborate with you. Also, if you’ve not yet joined the unofficial @Arweavers Telegram group for Arweave-related chat, join the conversation here.

See you on the permaweb!

-arweave-team

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