In early July, foreign language ENS clubs were heating up. Users were excited to see many of the clubs “mint out,” or achieve registration of all of the domains in the club. Despite the initial excitement, the first wave of hype appears to have died down for many foreign language clubs. One exception is the 999 Arabic club, which uses Eastern Arabic numerals. As the #6 club by volume overall, the 999 Arabic club’s community has continued to maintain momentum through networking, community engagement and education. Twitter user Ktrap recently put out an interesting thread, showing how many countries use Western Arabic digits in their media publications. Arab countries, on the other hand, are consistently found to be using Eastern Arabic digits. The 999 CN Club has also received notable volume, ranking at #15 overall on ENS.Vision. Spanish word ENS domains have also become increasingly popular, though no formal categories on ENS marketplaces have been established for these yet.
Ethmojis, meaning the use of emojis within ENS domains, are growing in popularity. Ethmoji 99 and 999 club domains are created by using block number emojis. Single, double and triple Ethmoji clubs consist of regular Emojis. 👨🦲.eth recently swept up domains across these clubs. The advantage of using these symbols, which some call hieroglyphs, is that they don’t require translation and are widely understood worldwide. One of the drawbacks of using these domains for payments is that many of the emojis look extremely similar, which could cause confusion for the payment sender.
5 CHARACTER CLUBS
Many consider ENS domains with 5 characters to be in a sweet spot. They’re short, but have a $5 per year registration. 5 character domains, such as Western Arabic digits, Eastern Arabic digits, palindromes and words, have the potential to become widely adopted without users spending valuable capital on renewal fees.
Coming in at #3 by total volume, the 100k Club consists of 5 digit Western Arabic numerals. There are currently just over 22k holders, and the top 10 holders own a total of 6% of the supply. Prominent zip codes have sold above the floor, and digits under 1000 have also commanded a premium.
NEGATIVE DIGITS - GOING TO ZERO AND BEYOND
One of the newest ENS trends is negative digits. Despite not having a club listed on ENS.Vision, negative digits have boasted some impressive sales numbers. One advantage of using the minus sign is that two digit numbers can be minted, and 3 and 4 digit clubs enjoy a lower registration cost. Some holders of the 999 and 10k clubs are pairing their digits with their negative counterparts. The club also got a shoutout from Nansen: