Imagine if email addresses had to be 36 letters long. So, instead of something personalized and user-friendly like [email protected], you had to have something like “[email protected]”. In other words, the opposite of personalized and user-friendly.
This tiny change could have delayed email adoption enormously in the early days of the internet. And yet, 36-character addresses are the norm in the bitcoin universe. Until now.
Introducing Support for Blockchain Domains
Crypto addresses enable you to securely transfer money in blockchain networks. However, their format can be confusing for people used to sending funds to account numbers or even email addresses.
Over the years we’ve worked hard to make crypto easier to use as part of our mission to build a financial system for the internet. We’ve collaborated with Unstoppable Domains to enable customers to send crypto to Blockchain domains.
You can send money directly to registered domains using the Blockchain.com Wallet. Now, when sending money to friends, instead of pasting a crypto address (i.e. bc1qw508d6qejxtdg4y5r3zarvary0c5xw7kv8f3t4), you have the option to simply type an easy-to-remember domain (i.e. brad.crypto).
Starting today, Send to Domains is available on the Web, iOS and Android wallets by typing a supported domain extension on the Send Screen.
Why did we choose Unstoppable Domains and Ethereum Name Service?
When evaluating Blockchain identity solutions we tried to ensure that any that we integrate meet these requirements:
- Censorship resistant: No one can take the domain away from you.
- Compatibility: It needs to work cross-chain on networks such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and 200+ tokens and coins.
- Composability: To avoid confusion, the standards need to be backwards compatible with existing on-chain payment schemes.
How can I get an Unstoppable Domain?
You can purchase your Unstoppable Domain here.
What cryptocurrencies are supported?
All cryptocurrencies supported by the Blockchain.com Wallet will support domain resolution.
What domain extensions are supported?
You can send crypto to Unstoppable domains with .crypto and .zil extensions. You can also transfer to Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domains such as .eth, .xyz and .luxe.
Pay people, not addresses. Introducing Send to Domains was originally published in @blockchain on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.