OK, so before you go through the NFT influencers that I've listed below, I want to be clear about a few points:
- The list is not in any particular order and is not based on number of followers. Rather, each of these influencers have given me various perspective on the NFT scene (even if I don't necessarily agree with everything they say).
- Why isn't "so and so mega influencer" on your list? See bullet one. I'm trying to separate signal from noise and give you a place to start. Feel free to follow whomever you wish - there are plenty of people to choose from.
- Please do your own research (DYOR). An influencer might shill (promote) a project. That doesn't mean you should jump in too. Please be careful out there.
- I follow many more people than just the ones on this list and you should consider that too. Branch out in directions that interest you most.
- There are many scam/spoof social media accounts out there. Please double check that you are following the right person.
NFT Influencers (includes Social Media links)
Known for his almost philosophical tweets about the future of NFTs and the metaverse, punk6529 will give you a deeper understanding of this space. punk6529 is an influencer that influences the thinking of other influencers (an influencer's influencer 🙂 )But who is punk6529? People have speculated, but punk6529 remains anonymous.
Probably the most controversial influencer on this list, Beanie can sometime share somewhat unfiltered opinions. Beanie's profile lists "partner at GM capital" and "professional gambler" amongst other things, but it is unclear to me that this account is run by one person or by a team. In any case, I added Beanie to this list, not because I agree with everything they say, but because I value hearing different perspectives.
EllioTrades is Elliot Wainman located in the Los Angeles area. He has had a long running YouTube channel that focuses on crypto alt coins, but has been building in the NFT space for many years through his company, SuperFarm. EllioTrades posts videos on his YouTube channel regularly (I've been a regular viewer since early 2020 and I hold SuperFarm tokens).
Alex Becker came from the internet marketing world, but later built a successful software company called Hyros. Given his background in internet marketing, he is somewhat controversial, but he has addressed the things he doesn't like about that industry and has shared some interesting insights/opinions on business and entrepreneurship on his YouTube channel. More recently his videos have focused on crypto, NFTs, and more specifically blockchain gaming. He often tweets about projects on Twitter before he posts on YouTube. As always, do your own research.
Zeneca came on to the NFT scene in early 2021, but quickly amassed a large following through his helpful and insightful tweets. In particular, he tracks the floor prices of major project NFT projects. He seems to have a strong interest in generative art such as Art Blocks, but covers a wide variety of projects. I follow him closely and I am a member of his Discord group.
Gary Vaynerchuk (also known as Gary Vee) is a major influencer from the business/entrepreneurship world, but he has gone nearly all-in on NFTs. Gary has had a lot to do with on-boarding "regular" (non-crypto) people in to the NFT space and is an important voice in bringing mass adoption to NFTs.
The Cozomo de' Medici account was started on Twitter in August of 2021 and quickly gained attention for the extensive (and pricy) NFT collection this pseudonymous investor had amassed. In September of 2021 it was revealed that Cozomo de' Medici was actually Snoop Dogg.
Pranksy is major NFT collector and investor that has been involved in the NFT scene since 2017 (making Pranksy an "OG" in this space). Pranksy is also one of the most prolific and profitable (as ranked by Nansen) investors in this space - so yeah, Pranksy is also a "whale". But who is Pranksy? We still don't know.
Additional Influencers to Follow
The following influencers aren't necessarily focused on NFTs, but they have helped me round out my view of this space.
Raoul Pal comes from the traditional macro investing world, but has gone very deep down the crypto rabbit hole. He is the CEO and co-founder of Real Vision, a media publisher that has some great content on finance, economics, and crypto. Much of their content is free. Raoul Pal and Real Vision has given me a better marco perspective on crypto and NFTs.
Ivan on Tech
I hope at least some of you are interested in the technology behind crypto and NFTs. If so, then Ivan on Tech is a great place to start. Although he does cover the crypto markets and NFTs (blockchain gaming, etc.), his focus has been on Moralis, a platform for developing Web 3 application, which he launched in 2021.
Tips on Following NFT Influencers
Learn the Lingo
The NFT space is developing rapidly and with it comes its own culture and terminology.
If you are new to the space might, at first, you might get a bit overwhelmed with the "newness" of it all, but it can be picked up pretty quickly.
Here are a few articles to help you along:
Do Your Own Research (DYOR)
Influencers are NOT the ultimate arbiters of truth; they are human with their own opinions and are motivated by their own individual incentives.
The point is that you should do your own research and come to your own conclusions.
By following everyone I've listed in the article, you are unlikely to miss anything big in the NFT space, but there are many, many more great influencers out there that I haven't listed.
Now that I've given you a place to start, it's your job to branch out and find people that resonate with you and your interests 🙂
About the Author
Ed is NFTska’s lead Editor and Author based in the Los Angeles area. He fell deep down the crypto rabbit hole starting in 2017. Ed actively participates in and follows the fast changing NFT scene. Learn more about Ed.