The inventor of Bitcoin Ordinals is proposing a new Bitcoin-based fungible token protocol as a potential alternative to the BRC-20 token standard.
The BRC-20 standard was launched in March by an anonymous developer “Domo.” Within two months, the BRC-20 market cap reached $1 billion, with PEPE and ORDI among the most notable BRC-20 tokens created on Bitcoin.
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BRC-20 enables the minting and transfer of fungible tokens via the Ordinals protocol on Bitcoin. But the issue with BRC-20 tokens is that they spam Bitcoin with “junk” Unspent Transaction Outputs or UTXOs, argued Rodarmor.
BRC-20 tokens have the “undesirable consequence of UTXO proliferation,” he explained in a Sept. 25 post, proposing Runes as a UTXO-based alternative.
“Protocols that are UTXO-based fit more naturally into Bitcoin and promote UTXO set minimization by avoiding the creation of "junk" UTXOs.”
TLDR on Runes - A potential fungible token protocol for Bitcoin
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- Employs a UTXO-based system, notably simpler than BRC-20.
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“If this protocol had a small on-chain footprint and encouraged responsible UTXO management, it might serve as harm reduction compared to existing protocols,” Rodarmor added.
UTXOs represent the amount of cryptocurrency left in a wallet following a completed transaction, where the balance is used in subsequent transactions and is stored in the UTXO database.
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