Alexander Goborov

Tron May Be the Most Liked Cryptocurrency, According to Facebook Stats

With over half a million FB likes, Tron appears to be the most popular decentralized cryptocurrency on the most popular centralized network
Tron May Be the Most Liked Cryptocurrency, According to Facebook Stats

There are many ways to measure a cryptocurrency’s strength. Arguably, the two most reliable indicators are market capitalization and price index statistics.

CoinMarketCap reveals that Bitcoin is the leader by market capitalization with almost 110 billion USD, followed by Ethereum (~20.5 billion USD), Ripple (~18.5 billion USD), Bitcoin Cash (~8 billion USD), and EOS (~5 billion USD).

Price-wise, the leaders are as follows: unsurprisingly, Bitcoin is leading here as well (~6330 USD for one crypto coin), followed by Maker (~625 USD), Bitcoin Cash (~460 USD), Ethereum (~200 USD), and Dash (~150 USD).  

Nevertheless, there also exists another, more “mainstream” social statistic, Facebook likes. It may seem overly trivial to some, but Facebook’s influence on our lives in general, and the crypto world in particular, cannot be overlooked in spite of it being a centralized social platform. So, like it or not (no pun intended), Facebook does reflect a degree of popularity, albeit of a rather particular type, and does paint a picture of a company’s global standing, albeit an incomplete one.

Be that as it may, it can still be fun to look at and consider every once in a while. So, here it is. According to the figures provided by our partner DataLight, the situation looks the following way:

Facebook Likes

Tron is in first place, Infinity Economics is second, Ethereum is third, Ripple is fourth, Revain is fifth, Putin Coin happens to occupy the villain-like number six (naturally), and Litecoin is today’s very likable lucky number seven, followed by everyone else.

Obscure players aside (clearly, marketing departments never sleep), it comes as no shock that Ethereum and Ripple are in the top five. Nor is it unusual that Tron is leading; after all, it has recently overtaken Ethereum by number of daily transactions. And deservedly so, knowing that Tron’s founder, Justin Sun, tends to put some of his own profits into charity work.

From all of us here at U.Today: stay put, stay well, and have a splendid weekend!

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The Biggest Crypto Owners in the World by Nation

Millions Own Cryptocurrency in America
The Biggest Crypto Owners in the World by Nation

Cryptocurrency is a hot commodity nowadays: it’s in the media, it’s on trading platforms, it’s in the minds of many who have made fortunes through it and those who are still at work to achieve financial stardom. But how many people, in fact, own cryptocurrency the world over? Based on the data gathered throughout the year, we’re bringing you the ten crypto ownership world leaders by the percentage ratio of their respective populations:

Turkey is first with 18%, then Romania with 12%, Poland with 11%, Spain with 10%, Czech Republic with 9%, USA / Austria / Germany / Italy are all with 8%, followed by Australia with 7%. In spite of Turkey’s apparent superiority, the winner by the actual number of people is the United States: given that its population is around 327 million people, 8% of it is roughly 26 million people (three New York Cities put together!), which is way ahead of other countries. This is, however, not that unusual since the US is also leading the planet in terms of its crypto-computational power, i.e. it has the most miners and nodes verifying individual blocks in the global Blockchain.        

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October's Top 10 List of Token Holders on Ethereum: Electrify.Asia is Leading

Electrify.Asia has by far the most new ERC-20 token holders, which means it is currently the most popular cryptocurrency on the Ethereum network
October's Top 10 List of Token Holders on Ethereum: Electrify.Asia is Leading

Ethereum is one of the leaders of today’s crypto world: it is second only to Bitcoin by market cap with 20.5 billion US dollars; right now, it is also standing at number four in terms if its monetary value following Bitcoin, Maker, and Bitcoin cash with almost 200 USD for one coin of Ether.

But, of course, Ethereum is not only a giant platform that generates its own cryptocurrency: it also lets other cryptocurrencies use its Blockchain network, so long that all of the technical rules are observed within the ecosystem. As a result, all cryptocurrencies that are hosted by Ethereum, apart from its own Ether, must be ERC-20 compliant (Ethereum Request for Comment), and every holder of an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency is thus also a de facto holder of an ERC-20 token.

This means that ERC-20 token holder figures are indicative of how well a crypto coin is doing within the larger Ethereum framework. The more ERC-20 token holders there are, the better that “guest” currency is doing, and since Ethereum is also one of the market leaders, any given cryptocurrency’s internal popularity on Ethereum also directly reflects on how well it is paddling through the crypto sea in general.

Below is the top 10 list of this October’s new ERC-20 token holders for each of the leading Ethereum-based cryptocurrencies:

This October’s New Token Holders

The current winner by a landslide is Electrify.Asia with almost 100 000 new ERC-20 token holders this October, followed by XMax with around 13 500 new token holders, then Moneytoken with around 12 000, Skrumble Network with around 9 000, 0xcert with roughly 8 000, SALT with 7 000, UChain is lagging slightly behind with around 6 800, FansTime has close to 6 500 token holders, DAEX around 4 500, and finally Datum is in last place with just under 4 000 new ERC-20 token holders this October.

Being “the first retail electricity marketplace in Southeast-Asia addressing the need for transparency and security in the consumption of energy” and with their slogan promising to “build an intelligent energy ecosystem for Asia”, the Singapore-based Electrify.Asia, headed by Julius Tan and Martin Lim, have set very high expectations for themselves. Let’s see what happens closer to the New Year!

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Where Is It All Happening? The Biggest Crypto Cities of the World

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We’ve done our research, and we bring you our succinct conclusion: the most influential crypto cities of our planet
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Today, we bring you our version of the biggest crypto cities in the world. Two factors were taken into account when compiling this list : 1) the number of crypto companies in each city, as well as their influence on the global market, and 2) how widely crypto payments are accepted in the region. So, here they are listed alphabetically:

Crypto city

Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

With numerous Bitcoin ATMs and many merchants that accept Bitcoin as a legitimate form of payment, the capital of the Netherlands has by now also become one of the crypto hotspots of Europe. The Dutch city is home to at least 90 such businesses, as it is to the Bitcoin Embassy, one of Bitcoin’s major global promo establishments anywhere in the world. So, if you happen to be in town, there is now more than Van Gogh and Rembrandt to see and buy, RLD excluded.

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

With most South American economies in a state of financial uncertainty and terrible inflation, many are looking for alternative ways to store their wealth, or whatever is left of it. Here, the capital of Argentina is leading the way: the city is home to almost 150 businesses that accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. For this same reason, Argentina has also become a major player on LocalBitcoins, causing a boom on the platform. The first ever Bitcoin conference in Latin America was also held in Buenos Aires last year.

Hong Kong (China)

Hong Kong, while technically belonging to China, retains its vital political and financial independence from the mainland. While the crypto ban has made things very difficult in Shanghai and Beijing, Hong Kong is taking full advantage of its economic freedom by bringing crypto prosperity to business in all possible (and profitable) forms. Among the numerous successful crypto companies that Hong Kong can boast about are two major global players: Bitfinex and HitBTC, founded in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Many might not have even heard of Slovenia, let alone its capital Ljubljana; after all, it’s a small nation with a small capital. However, this city is a serious force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world of cryptography, Blockchain, and DLT: Ljubljana is home to the world’s first ever Bitcoin mall known as Bitcoin City, i.e. a shopping center where all vendors accept Bitcoin. The mall is an impressive 475 000 square meters in size, concurrently making it Slovenia’s largest shopping center of any kind. Major crypto firms, among them NiceHash and Bitstamp, are also based in the city.

New York (USA)

It is a well-known fact that New York is considered to be the world’s financial capital. When it comes to centralized finance, i.e. Wall Street and banking, there is hardly any rival that can challenge NYC’s dominance. When it comes to the world of decentralized finance, though, the city’s claim to power is yet to be made, after it manages to catch up with San Francisco’s arguably stronger output. Be that as it may, NYC is already home to more than 100 businesses that accept crypto payments, as it is to a number of major crypto companies, among them ConsenSys.

Prague (Czech Republic)

The capital of the Czech Republic may not have that much to offer, comparatively speaking, in the way of giant crypto companies which are on par with some of the other brands mentioned in this list. At least not yet. But what Prague is still lacking in quality, it is certainly making up in quantity, a pattern which is bound to eventually pay off. The city is growing in crypto adoption at a stunning rate, and for this reason it is currently ranked first by Forbes by number of businesses accepting crypto payments, more than 150, which is more than anywhere else in the world as of this year.

San Francisco (USA)

San Francisco may quite possibly be the most influential crypto city in the whole world. It has already established its reputation as a major tech hub, thanks to its proximity to Silicon Valley (around 40 miles). Now the city is also swiftly turning crypto on a huge scale: it is already home to many giants of the crypto game, among them such well-known brands as Ripple, Kraken, Coinbase, and Blockchain Capital. Furthermore, San Francisco is home to around 120 merchants that accept cryptocurrency and almost as many crypto ATMs. With such impressive stats, not many places can compete with this global crypto hotspot located in Northern California.

Singapore (Singapore)

Singapore is a unique city-state. Known for its international trade and entrepreneurial vibe, it got involved in the crypto world early on and is now considered to be one of the most crypto friendly places on our planet. It is, of course, no coincidence that one of the current crypto trade leaders of the world, the exchange platform Huobi, proudly calls Singapore its home. Among many other crypto companies based here are Litecoin, Signum, NEO, and Virtuse.

Toronto (Canada)

The largest city in Canada is also one of the biggest crypto cities in the world, which, according to some sources, contains over 200 crypto ATMs within its borders, more than any other city in the world. This is in part because Canada’s progressive government is for the most part supportive of DLT, and hence most laws on ICOs and crypto startups are quite relaxed. This is also why Toronto is said to have as many businesses within its greater suburban area that accept digital currency as the Dutch capital, Amsterdam.

Zug (Switzerland)

There is a very good reason why Zug is on our list, and it can be summed up in two words: Crypto Valley. The town located in central Switzerland is tiny. What is huge, however, is the amount of talent it contains and the number of crypto companies it hosts: over 300 of them from 20 different countries, including Buterin’s Ethereum. With the Swiss government being supportive of the Blockchain technology, the town is also home to the annual Crypto Valley Blockchain Summit, which is regularly visited by members of the European Parliament.

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The Blockchain Market Continues to Expand: Predictions for the Near Future

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According to the recently acquired data by the research portal Statista (based in Hamburg, Germany), which have been kindly shared with UToday, the global Blockchain technology market is set to grow at an impressive rate in the near future. The trend looks as follows:

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Having moved past the ~200 million USD mark two years ago, the ~350 million USD mark last year, and the ~550 million USD mark this year, the forecast predicts close to 1 billion USD next year and almost 1.5 billion USD in 2020. The projected figure for the year 2021 is set to be around 2.5 billion USD.

Note that these numbers pertain to the actual market adoption of the Blockchain technology and does not include money pools associated with daily cryptocurrency speculations, nor market capitalization values of individual altcoins.

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LocalBitcoins is a Bitcoin trading platform that was established back in 2012. It is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, and remains one of the most popular virtual places among those who wish to trade Bitcoin on a peer-to-peer basis. We have recently brought you Struggling Economies in South America Forcing LocalBitcoins Boom which examined how Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile heavily contributed to the increased trading volumes on the website. Now, it’s time to look at the United States.

As was previously shown, the United States is the global leader by the number of Bitcoin nodes, the number of people who own cryptocurrencies, as well as the number of crypto billionaires/millionaires. We thought it would be interesting to also see how the US is doing on LocalBitcoins, so here it is, the history of weekly LocalBitcoins volume, organized biannually (i.e. six month averages or two quarters combined):

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2013: A modest start with around 100K USD per week, followed by a sharp climb in the second half of that year to over 1 million USD per week.

2014: Around 2 million USD per week in the first six months, close to 3.5 million USD per week in the second half of the year.

2015: A continued climb, around 4 million USD per week in the first half, followed by a further increase and the figure growing to almost 5.5 million USD per week in the second.

2016: Both biannual averages show weekly volumes between roughly 6.5 and 7 million USD.

2017: A reach for the figure of 8 million USD per week in the first two quarters and a further leap to 9.5 million USD per week in the second half of the year, during the last Bitcoin bubble.

2018: An expected drop to around 8.5 million USD per week in the first half (note: unlike Latin America, the US is not a struggling economy), followed by a further decrease to the current figure of around 7 million USD per week in the second half of this year.

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