On Tuesday, Jack Dorsey, one of the most well-known characters in Silicon Valley, just exposed his four million followers to Bitcoin (BTC) in a surprising turn of events. To the surprise of many, Dorsey, the incumbent chief executive of both Twitter and crypto-friendly Square, two technology upstarts valued at $54 billion collectively, publicly accepted a transaction via the Lightning Network.
As Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano of Morgan Creek would fittingly say, “the virus is spreading.”
Dorsey Experiments With Lightning, Sends Bitcoin Transaction
As hinted at in recent NewsBTC report, Hodlonaut, a Lighting Network crusader and self-proclaimed “HODLer,” recently took to his Twitter page to start an interesting community-run initiative. Through the medium of a tweet, Hodl divulged that he wanted Bitcoin users to start a chain on the Lightning Network, whereas participants would send marginally more BTC with each so-called “hop.”
While the enthusiast seemingly didn’t expect his little venture to garner much traction, it has. Over the past two weeks, Hodl’s grassroots idea, which has been dubbed the “Trust Chain,” has been picked up by some of Crypto Twitter’s biggest stars. Pompliano, Klaus Lovgreen, John Carvalho, Marty Bent, leading Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos and Elizabeth Stark of Lightning Labs, are among the mass of industry insiders that have picked up the so-called “torch.”
After receiving the torch, Matt Odell, a prominent programmer that has centered his efforts around Bitcoin, surprisingly asked Jack Dorsey if he wanted to tout the torch next. And interestingly after a day of deliberation, Dorsey agreed, quickly pasting a Lightning Network invoice in response to Odell’s sudden inquiry. Just like that, lightning struck, and Dorsey was sent 2.86 million satoshis (0.0286 BTC) for near-negligible fees and within seconds.
Minutes after Odell issued a transaction, Dorsey, took to his personal Twitter page, the first-ever account issued (understandably so), to tout the merits of Lightning Network, calling Trust Chain a “cool example” of the benefits of the scaling solutions. He also confirmed that he received the 0.0286 BTC, subsequently claiming that he would be handing it back to Elizabeth Stark for the next hop.
Cool example of #BitcoinTwitter experimenting on the Lightning Network.
— jack (@jack) February 5, 2019
In subsequent tweets, the Bay Area citizen doubled-down on his affection to the Bitcoin maximalist mindset. When asked why he only holds BTC, an amount which he deemed “enough,” the Twitter head commented that the project is resilient, principled, native to the ideals of the Internet, and a great brand in and of itself. Dorsey also made jabs at Bitcoin Cash, saying “hell no” when asked if he held a position in it, and Tron, joking that he liked the movie, not the cryptocurrency.
Rumor has it that the Twitter chief is looking into integrating Lightning Network, a paradigm-shifting scaling solution that facilitates low-cost, near-instant, secure, immutable, and private transactions, into Square’s crypto offering, which launched at the peak of 2017’s parabolic rally. In fact, in response to a tweet that outlined an idealistic system where people can tip satoshis for tweets (enabled via Lightning), Dorsey noted that he “loves the idea.”
Dorsey’s recent Lightning Network experiment comes after he made a guest appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast/web spectacle that sports over four million followers on Youtube. As reported by this outlet last weekend, Dorsey remarked on-air that the “Internet will have a [single] native currency,” adding that from his perspective, it is most likely going to be Bitcoin.
He added that the Internet needs a currency, as it will bolster many operations worldwide, especially financial transactions and processes. Dorsey even went on to lambast the speculative nature of cryptocurrency markets, noting that Cash actually curbs day traders, while disallowing purely speculative transactions made via credit. His cardinal point was that he wishes to see cryptocurrencies reach global adoption not as a trade-centric asset, but as a tool for the overall betterment of humanity.
Crypto Community On Twitter Enamored
As Jack’s sudden foray into the realm of the Lightning Network quickly trended on crypto’s portion of Twitter, commentators quickly took to their feeds to buzz about the occurrence, deemed auspicious, if not bull run-inducing by some.
Arjun Balaji, a contributor to The Block and a crypto researcher, somewhat jokingly remarked that Jack’s sudden acceptance of a Lightning Network transaction may be the start of Square’s and Twitter’s forays into to the world of cryptocurrency. Balaji wrote:
The year is 2024. Via a Musk-like maneuver, Cash App and Twitter have morphed, creating a Bitcoin-native millennial bank on top of the most important communications platform on the planet to offer un-censorable speech and payments. Jack wins the Nobel Peace Prize. https://t.co/Ryq4AqBpAJ
— Arjun Balaji (@arjunblj) February 5, 2019
Hodlonaut, the one behind this innovative test of the Bitcoin community and Lightning Network expressed his excitement, noting that never in his wildest dreams did he expect for Trust Chain to garner notable amounts of traction.
Travis Kling, the chief investment officer of the Los Angeles-based Ikigai, noted that this bout of adoption is “the Lord’s work for the global, immutable, decentralized, non-sovereign, hardcapped supply, digital store of value [that is Bitcoin].” This comes after Kling made a series of overly optimistic comments regarding Bitcoin’s future, such as his opinion that cryptocurrencies could outperform all other assets in 2019, along with his underlying belief system that the rise of Bitcoin is inevitable.
Pompliano lauded the Lightning Network’s fundamental value, explaining that he wouldn’t be surprised if wallet-to-wallet transfers with the scaling protocol were faster than traditional credit card payments.
While the Lightning Network has a lot going for it. Where’s it going to strike next?
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