eth.photos, a web-browser-friendly gateway to visualize web3 .eth usernames, recently added some new features. In addition to being able to view recently acquired image-based NFTs, ENS users can now also view:
Their recently acquired ENS names
Their IPFS link (if they have an IPFS site listed in the ENS manager
Got a .eth domain with less than 5 digits? You get access to the open bar event taking place at The Refinery Rooftop in NYC on May 11 from 6-9pm for FREE. Must be 21 or older to enter. A whitelist for 3-digit and 4-digit .eth ENS holders may be forthcoming but holders will be accepted in at the door for free regardless.
Can your phone number be an ENS domain? It most certainly can, and depending on the situation, probably should be. Specifically, we’re talking about literally registering your 10-digit phone number as a .eth.
Phone numbers are already popularly relied upon for identity. Hello, 2FA anyone? But more to the point, one of the core purposes of ENS is to consolidate long impossible-to-remember wallet strings into memorable email address style domain names. Great for crypto adoption, but perhaps still daunting for a customer trying to remember what the .eth address for a business transaction was supposed to be. Telling a customer to simply send their payment to the company phone number (like 9177220808.eth for example) ensures that if they have your phone number then they have your wallet address as well. They don’t need to remember or look up another name.
Ultimately, whether or not this makes sense is up to you. It may be good to register your phone # as an ENS even if you don’t advertise it just in case someone’s natural instinct is to send a payment to your phone # instead of whatever way you had proposed. At least this way you’ll still get it. Several years ago, the advent of Ethereum caused people to consider how everything could be “tokenized.” Well with ENS, everything can be wallet-ized. You can decide to what extreme you want to take it.
Looking for reasons the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum shot up during the pandemic? Exhibit A: a county executive in Tennessee named George Thacker obtained $650,000 in covid relief funds through his local bank and the SBA and then deposited $230,000 of it into his personal Coinbase account, authorities say. He then used that money to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. Using the funds for personal purposes such as that were impermissible.
Thacker pled guilty to wire fraud charges yesterday. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.