So you’re new to Bitcoin? You’re what we affectionately call a newcoiner. If you want to learn how to follow the discussion and filter signal from noise, read on!
Bitcoin Twitter is a good, albeit imperfect resource for following Bitcoin discussions.
What? Another whole platform?
Yes. You will have to sign up for an account on another platform. It’ll be worth it though. The reason is most of the other forums simply don’t collate the resources and discussion as well. Historically, Bitcointalk forums and the r/bitcoin subreddit were where some of the best discussion took place. But for whatever reason, Twitter became the main public discussion forum for Bitcoiners from around 2017 onwards.
Think of it like our ‘town hall’ for discussion. You’ll see product announcements, podcast episodes, articles and thinkpieces, guides to using Bitcoin, and some drama. You’ll also see the reaction to the above which can help you gauge community sentiment and feedback.
Who to follow
A good heuristic in my view is to follow all the accounts in hive.one/bitcoin‘s top 100. The hive.one/bitcoin list is an algorithmic score of relevance based on ‘who follows who’, sort of like Google’s old PageRank system applied to people. While not perfect, this will get you plugged in and following relevant discussions.
From here you will find different categories of accounts, examples being:
- CEOs and founders of Bitcoin companies
- Bitcoin Core developers
- Lightning Network developers
- Bitcoin and Lightning application developers
- Privacy activists and developers
- Bitcoin writers, educators, and podcasters
- Bitcoin bot accounts showing Bitcoin fee rates, price updates, bitcoin code updates
Once you follow the top 100, and see who they retweet, over time you will find interesting Bitcoin people to follow.
Who to avoid
Be wary that there are some people with a high follower count, who are not necessarily influential or relevant in Bitcoin. They may be shitcoin shills, or people who are otherwise tweeting low value or banal content. Or even worse, they may simply have fake followers to appear influential.
If they have “Crypto” in their name or profile instead of specifically listing “Bitcoin”, this is usually not a good account to follow.
You’ll also get random DM’s (Direct Messages) from bot or scam accounts. They generally start with one word “Hi” or “Are you interested in cryptocurrency trading/mining” – flag these as spam and move on.
Downsides of Bitcoin Twitter
A discussion of Bitcoin Twitter is not complete without listing some downsides.
- You might find yourself spending too much time on there. Find the right balance of lurking discussion, tweeting things out, and also getting your own work or deeper learning done.
- LARPing (Live Action Role Playing): there will be accounts that spend a bit too much time virtue signalling, and not enough time productively discussing, learning, or doing things. Avoid following these accounts or being one of these accounts.
Deeper Learning and Discussion forums
Bitcoin Twitter will give a broader overview into Bitcoin public discussions and only cover things at a higher level. For more substantial, in depth technical forums and resources, see here:
- IRC e.g. #bitcoin, #bitcoin-dev on freenode
- Bitcoin Stack Exchange
- Bitcoin-dev mailing list and Lightning-dev mailing list
- Bitcoin meetups, particularly Socratic Seminars
- Bitcoin Optech
- Some bitcoin projects will have a telegram chat or slack group also (e.g. LND slack, BTCPay Server Mattermost)
Putting it together
Watching the discussion on Bitcoin Twitter will help you keep up with the fast paced developments in Bitcoin and get a sense of the culture. You can also ask questions and take part in the discussion.