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Reddit Plans To Convert Its Karma Points To ERC-20 Tokens

When tokenized, Karma points would become independent of Reddit, existing on community-controlled blockchains.

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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.

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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.

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Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections

According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.

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NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.

At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.

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“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”

It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.

According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.

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Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.

Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.

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