- Numbers’ NFT search engine will be content-based and blockchain-based.
- Search data will be based on a unique content address (IPFS/Filecoin CID).
TAIPEI, DECEMBER 9, 2021 — Numbers Protocol, in its mission to redefine the nature of digital visual media as assets, recently launched the world’s first Web 3.0 search engine for NFTs.
Since the conception of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, there have been significant upgrades from the “Static Web” of Web 1.0 to the “Social Web” of Web 2.0. Although Web 2.0 has been essential for individuals and organizations around the world, several issues have hindered it. The centralization of Web 2.0 has led to problems with censorship, data manipulation, and algorithm-based search results based on data profiles that continue to get in the way of what users are looking for.
Web 3.0, the “Semantic Web,” represents the next stage in the evolution of the Internet, a decentralized platform focused on content-based search results. Numbers Protocol is excited to be at the forefront of Web 3.0 with its innovative NFT search engine, which is in line with the core characteristics and values of Web 3.0.
Web 3.0 search engine failure
Numbers’ search engine for NFTs has two key components: content-based and Web 3.0-based. As it is a content-based search engine, users can download a file without knowing its token address or token ID, and the result shows the history and other details associated with the NFT file . In Web 3.0, each content file has a unique address generated from the distributed web system IPFS. When searching, the engine can use this CID to find key information associated with the content file.
The search results provide a wealth of information about an NFT, such as its token history, token ID, contract ID, creator ID, current owner ID, and market ties. This information can help users better understand how “unique” an NFT is based on the number of tokens in circulation. The NFT search engine can also easily identify potential violations, such as multiple creator addresses.
Currently, the search engine’s coverage includes major markets such as OpenSea, Foundation, Rarible, SuperRare, Refinable, and CaptureClub with hopes of getting full coverage soon. More information about Numbers’ search engine for NFTs can be found here.
Importance of Web 3.0 storage and retrievability
As NFTs explode in popularity, the data behind NFTs will become extremely important, not only for on-chain records, but also for the physical storage behind NFT files. Apart from continuously increasing data coverage and extending the search engine to other networks such as Binance Smart Chain, the search engine will also ensure the retrievability of NFT files.
Bofu Chen, Founder and Training Director of Numbers Protocol, said, “During development, we realized that more than 80% of NFTs are actually stored on centralized servers, and 35% of them are even missing and inaccessible. While indexing NFTs is an essential first step, the accessibility of these digital assets is equally important. For Web 3.0 to thrive, all NFT files must be pinned to decentralized storage such as Filecoin’s NFT storage (https://nft.storage/). Only when content retrieval is guaranteed can NFTs really be valuable assets in Web3.
Andrew Woo, Operations Manager at Protocol Labs, said: “We have seen an explosion of activity in the NFT space over the past year, reflecting the potential of Web 3.0 and the possibilities for creators and communities. So far, however, there hasn’t been a great system for indexing these NFTs. Numbers’ NFT search tool will provide greater accessibility and authentication to the space.
Numbers Protocol truly believes in the vision and principles of Web 3.0 and is committed to growing the Web 3.0 ecosystem with its decentralized photo network and Web 3.0 search engine for NFTs. Users can try the Numbers NFT Search Engine beta at https://nftsearch.site/.
About Number Protocol
Numbers is building a decentralized photo network to create community, value and trust in digital media. The Numbers protocol redefines the nature of digital visual media as assets and forms the backbone of a suite of tools for saving and retrieving photos and videos from the Numbers network – the Numbers app. capture, the Seal API and tracking website – as well as the CaptureClub marketplace and a proprietary NFT search engine. Numbers champions the purity of digital media and empowers people to think more critically about the interactions between our images and the world around us.
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