Bitcoin Ordinals are a way to make Bitcoin NFTs. They make it possible for each Bitcoin satoshi’s block space to be used to write a unique piece of metadata that can give more information or be used as a record. The result makes a digital artifact, which is similar to NFTs.
NFTs were mostly made and used on blockchains like Ethereum, Solana, and BNB Chain until lately. This changed when the team behind Ordinals realized that tokens that can’t be used to buy other tokens could also be used on the Bitcoin system. Since they came out, more and more users, developers, and enthusiasts who are excited about the possibility of native Bitcoin NFTs have created more than 200,000 ordinal NFTs.
Stacks, which used to be called Blockstack, is an open-source tool that makes it possible for smart contracts, DeFi, NFTs, and Bitcoin apps to work. Like the Lightning Network, Stacks blockchain is a “layer” for Bitcoin. The Stacks project offers open-source software for identification and data storage, as well as smart contracts.
The Stacks project got a lot of attention because of worries about internet privacy, security, and data leaks. The Stacks software has been used by programmers to make decentralised versions of famous services. The Stacks (STX) token is the main cryptocurrency of the Stacks blockchain. It is used to pay for gas when smart contracts are executed and transactions are processed.
One point of view is that Ordinals could be the key to finding out what Bitcoin is really worth. But from another point of view, Ordinals could make it much harder for Bitcoin to reach its main goal of becoming a new type of digital currency. In the worst case, Ordinals could make big investors less likely to invest in Bitcoin and could lead to unwelcome inspections by regulators. In other words, there might be money to be made here, which will drive more businesspeople and inventors to grow the market for Bitcoin NFTs. Some figures put the value of the NFT market for this year at close to $20 billion, with Ethereum making up the bulk of that amount.
Compared to other markets where Bitcoin is having an effect, the size of the NFT market right now is very small. Even if you look at things optimistically and say the NFT market is worth $20 billion, the transfers business, where Bitcoin is becoming more and more important, still only makes up 1/6 of the NFT market.
How much more valuable other markets are than those where Bitcoin is getting market share is measured in trillions of dollars, not billions. Some buyers, for example, think of Bitcoin as a way to “store wealth.” Also, the value of the world’s actual gold reserves is about $12 trillion.