Should NEAR deploy a Rust implementation of Lens Protocol?

Lens protocol ( looks well designed and compact: just 3x NFTs (representing Profile, Follow and Collect) and a clear boundary with extension points for custom configuring behaviour for Follow, Collect and Reference (Lens version of share).

By providing a Rust implementation NEAR would be contributing to the supply of such social graph NFTs which is good for bootstrapping web3 at large. The compatibility is at the level of NFT data and workflows (obviously not ABI’s or token standards). There is nothing preventing introducing new NEAR specific elements on top of the core Lens protocol. Does not seem like it should be a huge dev effort either. (Deploying the Lens contracts on Aurora would be much easier but not really serve the same purpose as users would still be living in an ETH wallet world.)

If there’s any traction then stitching together cross-chain NFTs into a complete graph can happen at the application (and indexer) level. The next generations of block explorers would probably help here. NEAR might have a medium-term advantage too with its ideological alignment with Ethereum and of course Aurora.

Any thoughts on this? Are there any technical showstoppers?

Or is there something like this already being developed on NEAR? I mean providing core social protocol foundations rather than web3 Super Apps (that promise social, messaging, multiverse…!)

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Hi there!

Thanks for bringing new ideas to the table. From what I quickly glanced over, the Lens Protocol is only on Polygon Testnet and so it really hasn’t being tested ‘in the wild’ with real users. – please correct me if I’m wrong.

Perhaps this is something you would like to develop yourself as a POC on NEAR?

I’m leaving a poll in here so other users can provide feedback.

Do you know the LENS protocol and does it provide a good value-proposition?

  • Yes
  • No

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Yes, you’re right, it is still only on Polygon Testnet. But hey, that means we’re still early :slight_smile:

The Lens primitives are small and not over-prescriptive. Providing the same (behavioural) primitives on NEAR might lead to something, or maybe not. At worst the project might turn out just to be a valiant effort but there should be lots of learnings.

Just bumping as now that Elon has Twitter the mainstream world is obsessing about social media moderation, censorship,… Also saw SBF recently had a short Twitter thread sketching an approach for the content side of things (including mentioning his favourite L1!) which is orthogonal to social graph above.

Does anyone know of any NEAR roadmap items (e.g. new primitives) or partners that are targeting these types apps?