A series of now-deleted Tweets by Reddit engineer Rahul Kothari has recently revealed that the social media site is planning to start converting user’s Karma points into ERC-20 tokens.
“When we all pull this off, we would onboard 500M web2 users into web3 and then there is no going back. Let me say that again — 500 million new crypto users” wrote Rahul in his Tweet.
Currently, Karma points are supposed to reflect how much individual users contribute to the community, and they are earned for posting, commenting, and receiving or giving awards.
When tokenized, Karma points would become independent of Reddit, existing on community-controlled blockchains. Reddit calls such points Community Points, and two subreddits already use them: r/CryptoCurrency and r/FortNiteBR.
While r/CryptoCurrency calls its Community Points Moons, r/FortNiteBR uses the name Bricks. In both cases, Community Points reward posters, commenters, and moderators for their contributions, and they are distributed on a monthly basis.
One cool feature enabled by Community Points is weighted voting, where members get one vote for every Point they have, making it possible for the biggest contributors to influence voting the most.
Community Points can also be traded just like any other token with a sizable user base. At the time of writing, one Moon is worth roughly $0.20 and one Brick nearly $0.10. By attaching a monetary value to Reddit contributions, Community Points change the game quite dramatically, and many Reddit users, including those involved in crypto, are not thrilled by this.
“Once they started passing out moons the sub’s quality content dropped, the bots showed up, and now they have votes seemingly every month to tweak how the moons are handed out and what is banned from the sub. It’s ridiculous,” commented u/goofytigre in the r/Ethereum subreddit.
Considering that Reddit is already criticized for being an echo chamber, it will be interesting to see the effect of the tokenization of its Karma points on the community.
World’s Largest Metaverse Developer Opens Dubai Office
LandVault, the largest metaverse creator, is expanding its presence into the MENA region.
LandVault, the world’s largest metaverse developer, will expand operations to Dubai later this month as part of an ongoing strategy to boost its presence in the MENA region. The company aims to help local businesses gain a foothold in the expanding web 3.0 universe and sees exciting opportunities to bolster its client portfolio.
So far, metaverse developer LandVault has lived up to its name, creating and curating over 100 square feet of virtual space for a diverse range of organizations, including the nearby Yas Marina Circuit, Aldar, Mastercard, Standard Chartered, World of Women, Hershey’s, and many more.
The Dubai government’s Metaverse Strategy is one of the key reasons LandVault has been inspired to move to the region, as leaders plan to transform the Emirate into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies by 2030. Eventually, it’s hoped that in excess of 1,000 companies in the blockchain and web 3.0 spaces will be inspired to set up entities in the region, creating around 40,000 new jobs in the process.
“We are excited to open our office in Dubai and to be a part of the vibrant tech community in the UAE. The MENA region is a key market for us, and we believe that our presence in Dubai will allow us to assist the region and explore new opportunities. We are also excited about the potential for the metaverse in the real estate industry in the UAE. We look forward to working with developers and real estate companies to showcase their properties in a new and innovative way,” says Sam Huber, CEO of LandVault.
Alongside developing the metaverse from its new Dubai office, LandVault will also deploy its technology to assist the UAE’s real estate sector. Developers will soon be able to showcase their projects in a way that was never previously possible, reaching a much wider audience with immersive and interactive property tours and even virtual showrooms.