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Bitcoin Twitter Mentions Hit Lowest Point in Four Years. Does It Matter?

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    Yes, Bitcoin is becoming less popular on Twitter, but let’s not ignore more important metrics   

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According to data provided by bitinfocharts.com, Bitcoin-related tweets have plunged to their lowest level since the site began tracking them.

While some might suggest that Twitter is simply cracking down on annoying spam bots, the popular social media can actually gauge the coin’s short-term relevance.   

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Bitcoin losing its mojo on Twitter 

On Oct. 4, the number of tweets that mentioned the crypto king plunged to 7,739, which is its lowest level since Jan. 1, 2015. The number of Twitter mentions had never dropped below the 10,000 mark for the first time in four years.

Bitcoin Twitter mentions (2014-2015) 
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Notably, Bitcoin’s performance on Twitter almost perfectly reflects its price action. The peak of its activity came during the infamous 2017 bull run. On Dec. 11, there were 128,425 tweets about the top coin, the highest number in history.

Fast forward to 2019, Jack Dorsey’s favorite coin had its grant moment on Twitter at the end of July when its price briefly touched this year’s high of $13,700. With 41,687 Bitcoin tweets recorded on June 26, the Libra-driven hype still pales in comparison to the 2017 bubble.

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"The state of neglect”

According to Bloomberg contributor Jared Dillian, Bitcoin is currently “in the state of neglect.” That essentially means that those who were infected by the crypto craze eventually moved on, and new investors are reluctant to touch Bitcoin as of now.

Bitcoin remains an unattractive investment for the overwhelming majority of Americans (especially the baby boomers demo), according to a recent poll.   

It doesn’t help that BTC has once again appeared at a crossroads price-wise, recently plunging to the $8,000 level.   

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Beyond the buzzword status

With that being said, Bitcoin continues to grow despite the world’s seemingly cooling interest and price volatility. The network’s hash rate continues to print new all-time highs along with the number of daily transactions. Moreover, Bitcoin’s dominance reached a whopping 70 percent at the beginning of September.  

As State Street executive Jay Biancamano points out, things could happen very quickly, so the retail sector will hop on the Bitcoin train in no time in case of mainstream adoption. In such a case, according to Dillian, we should expect a much bigger bull run.

How many people will tweet about Bitcoin hitting $100,000? A lot. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Bitcoin in Danger as New Research Shows Google Has Achieved Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

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    Google's quantum computer is still too primitive to pose a threat for Bitcoin's cryptography, but things could escalate quickly

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According to a new research paper published in science journal Nature, Google's quantum computer is able to perform calculations in just three minutes. To put this into perspective, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 10,000 years to perform the same operation, which signifies a major tech milestone for the search behemoth. 

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Google achieves "quantum supremacy"

Back in September, the Financial Times reported that Google has managed to achieve "quantum supremacy," which means that its beast is able to perform calculations that would be impossible to pull off with any other computer. 

However, technology is still way too fragile for commercialization, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon. There is hardly any practical application for quantum computers, but they do have great potential for disrupting a lot of industries, such as finance and transportation.   

Considering that the Trump administration has funneled a whopping $1.2 bln into the development of quantum computing, it might stop being just a buzz word. 

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Will Google's quantum success affect Bitcoin

There is also one notable application for quantum computing -- hacking Bitcoin. The headlines about Google's super-powerful juggernaut has made many wonder whether Bitcoin, whose value derives from the immutability of its Blockchain, is in danger. 

However, ex-Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd reassured the confused crypto crowd that Google was nowhere near breaking the top coin's cryptography. On top of that, it's not even clear whether quantum computers could potentially be scalable enough for commercial use. 

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos also opined that Google's quantum breakthrough would have no impact on the orange coin. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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