NFT is a non-fungible token launched in 2014 and it is a virtual asset that exhibits the actual world objects such as music, arts, and videos.
These tokens are traded online, often with digital currencies as well as generally encrypted with similar fundamental software as various cryptocurrencies.
Although this token has been existent since 2014 it is currently gaining attention because they are attracting a highly popular means to buy and sell virtual artwork.
Also, NFTs are generally unique and one of the very limited runs as they possess unique identification codes.
Importantly, the belief is that NFTs establishes digital scarcity and stand in total disparity to most digital designs.
NB: Other digital currencies are almost infinite in supply, unlike NFTs.
So since it thrives on cutting off the supply, this should increase the value of a particular asset if it’s demanded.
These days, NFTs is existent as digital creations that survive in some ways such as examined models of digital art already viral on places like Instagram.
Major benefits of NFT
- NFT simply permits any buyer to claim ownership of original items.
- It comprises in-built authentication and this serves as proof of ownership (POO)
- All collectors place more value on the digital rights than the item
It was built using the exact programming as cryptocurrency such as Ethereum (ETH), and Bitcoin (BTC) and this is the only similarity they share.
Major differences between cryptocurrency, Fiat currency, and NFT.
Every NFT has a digital trademark which makes it unfeasible for NFTs to get exchanged for another as well as make it equal one another (non-fungible).
Fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies can get exchanged and traded for one another which makes them fungible.
Cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies are equal in value. For example, one Naira is worth another naira and one Bitcoin equals another.
Cryptocurrency’s fungible nature makes it a trusted means of carrying out transactions on blockchain technology.
How NFT works
NFTs, live on the blockchain, as you are familiar with fact that the blockchain has the key process that makes cryptocurrencies possible.
Although, NFTs are often kept on the same blockchain that Ethereums (ETH) are kept even though other blockchains brace them as well.
Blockchain technology is a distributed public ledger that records all transactions.
NFT, carved from a digital object that stands for both tangible and intangible items like GIFs, music, collectibles, art, tweets, virtual avatars, and video game skins, videos and sports highlights, designer sneakers.
NB: They are almost like physical collector’s item but only that they virtual
They can have only one owner at a particular time and its unique data makes it convenient to verify ownership as well as relocate tokens between owners.
The creator can store personal information in them just like, artists can choose to sign their original artwork but for NFTs they can include their signatures in the NFT’s metadata.
Key things to know before starting your own collection
- You must acquire a digital wallet that supports you to store NFTs and cryptocurrencies
- You need to buy some cryptocurrencies like Ethereum but this is optional and dependent on which currencies your NFT service provider allows.
- You need to purchase cryptocurrency using your credit card on any preferred platform like PayPal, Kraken, Coinbase, eToro, and Robinhood.
- After the purchase then you can transfer it from your exchange to the wallet of your choice.
NB: Remember the fees as you research on your most preferred exchange as most charge at least a percentage off all transactions when you purchase any cryptocurrency.
Finally, the largest NFT marketplaces are Foundation, Rarible, Open sea.io
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