- Mirela Spasova, a senior Reddit engineer, reveals the strategy behind Collectible Avatars at the Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC), focusing on user empowerment.
- Spasova explains how Reddit’s user-friendly approach to the NFT ecosystem has resulted in over eight million users being onboarded to wallets.
Mirela Spasova, a key engineer at Reddit for the Collectible Avatars initiative, took center stage at the Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) held in Paris, providing valuable insight into Reddit’s approach to onboarding a vast user base to its blockchain-enabled digital collectibles.
Spasova underscored that the fundamental drive to run Collectible Avatars on-chain is to bestow users with the liberty of use. Adopting an on-chain strategy empowers users with autonomy, inclusive of the capacity to resell the avatars on prominent nonfungible token (NFT) marketplaces such as OpenSea. By acquiring avatars from creators on Reddit, users have the potential to further interact with the NFT ecosystem and potentially capitalize on the burgeoning market for digital collectibles.
Driving Widespread Adoption
In 2022, Reddit initiated the blockchain-backed Collectible Avatar project spotlighting NFTs minted on Polygon. The goal, as Spasova expressed, was to drive mass adoption and aid creators in monetizing their collections. To realize this objective, Reddit set a high priority on user experience, reduction of friction, effective product marketing, and delivery of a seamless experience.
To diminish user friction, Reddit implemented strategic compromises, including the development of a noncustodial wallet and a “Reddit Vault” for swift onboarding within a mere 30 seconds. Further enhancing the user experience, Reddit made certain that users received their collectible avatars immediately upon claiming. An asynchronous system was also established to check the minted and transferred state, updating the collectible metadata once the NFT was minted.
Spasova also elucidated how Reddit orchestrated the messaging for engaging new users, emphasizing the benefits, value, and overall user experience of the product. She encapsulated the appeal, stating,
“You’re getting a blockchain-backed collectible, and no NFT provides all of that.”
Spasova concluded that the user experience strategies applied to Reddit Collectible Avatars resulted in the successful onboarding of over eight million users to wallets. She further highlighted the positive ripple effects, such as generating organic community engagement between artists and users within the ecosystem. Moreover, the user’s investments in creating various tools have enriched the overall experience for the community, she added.