Unstoppable Domains (UD) has taken a significant step forward in revolutionizing the world of blockchain communication with the launch of its instant messaging system for Web3 usernames. This groundbreaking development allows owners of .crypto, .wallet, .polygon, or other UD-registered usernames to seamlessly communicate with each other across various applications. With the integration of the extensible message transport protocol (XMTP), users can encrypt and send messages securely, ensuring their preservation and accessibility even if UD were to cease operations in the future.
The Rise of Web3 Usernames
Web3 usernames have existed since 2017 and offer a convenient way for crypto users to associate their complex crypto addresses with more memorable names. For instance, the convoluted string of characters 0xd8dA6BF26964aF9D7eEd9e03E53415D37aA96045 can be transformed into the easily recallable “Vitalik.eth.” While these usernames were primarily used to receive payments in the past, recent endeavors have expanded their utility to encompass additional applications, including messaging.
Coinbase Wallet paved the way for messaging integration by launching its own instant messaging system on July 12. Users were able to exchange messages via their .eth or .cb.id usernames. This feature was further enriched through its integration with the Lens protocol, allowing seamless communication with Lens apps. Both projects’ shared use of XMTP enabled this integration to take place, introducing a new dimension to the capabilities of Web3 usernames.
A Unified Messaging System
However, a gap remained for usernames registered through Unstoppable Domains, such as those ending in .crypto or .polygon. Addressing this limitation, UD has bridged the divide by enabling messaging compatibility between Lens apps and Coinbase Wallet users. This integration empowers users to send messages to one another using their Unstoppable Domains usernames, expanding the network of communication channels available to Web3 username holders.
The Promise of Future Enhancements
Aaron Quirk, principal engineer at Unstoppable Domains, also revealed that the company has plans to introduce an integration with Push Protocol, enabling username owners to receive notifications from various Web3 projects. This forthcoming feature will allow projects to communicate with users by sending messages through the Unstoppable Domains website or app. By continually pushing the boundaries of blockchain communication, UD aims to amplify the functionalities of Web3 usernames and enhance user experiences.
Unstoppable Domains has been actively expanding its partnerships and collaborations to cultivate a thriving ecosystem for Web3 usernames. On April 26, UD joined forces with Binance.US, granting users the ability to register names ending in .BinanceUS. This partnership contributed to the growth and diversification of the available username options. Furthermore, Unstoppable Domains made a historic breakthrough by establishing a truce with rival Ethereum Name Service (ENS) on July 17. As a result, ENS .eth names can now be sold in the UD store, unlocking new opportunities for users and symbolizing a unification within the industry.
The introduction of an instant messaging system for Web3 usernames by Unstoppable Domains is a monumental step forward for blockchain communication. With the ability to send encrypted messages securely through various applications, UD has truly revolutionized the utility and potential of Web3 usernames. As the ecosystem continues to evolve and expand, the promise of future enhancements and collaborations hints at a brighter and more interconnected future for the blockchain community. By embracing innovation and pushing boundaries, Unstoppable Domains is reshaping the way we communicate in the digital age.