link2793 link2794 link2795 link2796 link2797 link2798 link2799 link2800 link2801 link2802 link2803 link2804 link2805 link2806 link2807 link2808 link2809 link2810 link2811 link2812 link2813 link2814 link2815 link2816 link2817 link2818 link2819 link2820 link2821 link2822 link2823 link2824 link2825 link2826 link2827 link2828 link2829 link2830 link2831 link2832 link2833 link2834 link2835 link2836 link2837 link2838 link2839 link2840 link2841 link2842 link2843 link2844 link2845 link2846 link2847 link2848 link2849 link2850 link2851 link2852 link2853 link2854 link2855 link2856 link2857 link2858 link2859 link2860 link2861 link2862 link2863 link2864 link2865 link2866 link2867 link2868 link2869 link2870 link2871 link2872 link2873 link2874 link2875 link2876 link2877 link2878 link2879 link2880 link2881 link2882 link2883 link2884 link2885 link2886 link2887 link2888 link2889 link2890 link2891 link2892 link2893 link2894 link2895 link2896 link2897 link2898 link2899 link2900 link2901 link2902 link2903 link2904 link2905 link2906 link2907 link2908 link2909 link2910 link2911 link2912 link2913 link2914 link2915 link2916 link2917 link2918 link2919 link2920 link2921 link2922 link2923 link2924 link2925 link2926 link2927 link2928 link2929 link2930 link2931 link2932 link2933 link2934 link2935 link2936 link2937 link2938 link2939

Bitcoin Not Giving a Big Enough Hit as ‘Gateway Drug’

Bitcoin Not Giving a Big Enough Hit as ‘Gateway Drug’

Interest in Bitcoin hit its high point leading up to its own high of $20,000 in the middle of December last year. Interest peaked, not only in investing circles, but also in the mainstream as Bitcoin became the buzzword on everyone's lips.

This adoption was championed by Bitcoin as it welcomed millions of users to the cryptocurrency community, as expressed in Coinbase’s figures alone. However, in this fast paced ecosystem, Bitcoin is not enough to hold the attention of this vastly diverse community. So, while it may be the ideal coin to get people hooked on cryptocurrencies, once they are in and settled, there is time to seek out a multitude of other coins that are better suited to their needs or beliefs.
 

The draw of big growth

Bitcoin’s biggest draw was the incredible returns it was offering as it rallied from 2,000 percent in 12 months. This phenomenal growth continued to increase interest in the currency, and that sparked even further growth in this massive hype cycle. It has been correlated before that searches for on Google for Bitcoin are closely related to its growth — a phenomenon known as the ‘Satoshi Cycle’. In the lead up to December’s high, the Satoshi Cycle was in full effect as Google trends showed some interesting figures.

Nicholas Colas, a pioneering Bitcoin analyst in the world of traditional investments, has taken this correlation very seriously and states that it plays a big part in his predictions. "Going into December, [searches] skyrocketed," Colas said on CNBC’s Fast Money. He added that the total number of Bitcoin Google searches worldwide tripled that month:

"You saw that correlates to the total increased number of wallet growth, which doubled in December from approximately 5 percent to 10 percent as Bitcoin rallied.”
 

Already hooked

However, taking this metric into consideration, it could be argued that the new wave of adopters are now starting to disperse and find their way to other coins that are more suited to their individual needs. It makes sense that as people become educated and learn more about options in the crypto community that they begin to diversify and pick out their favourite coins to invest in. This often leads to money moving away from Bitcoin and into Altcoins.

Bitcoin, being the dominant, most adopted and scene-leading coin, will continue to be the ‘gateway drug’ of the community, but it is finding it harder to hang on to total support and dominance.

These sentiments are expressed by Colas, who adds:

"Bitcoin is considered the gateway drug to all cryptos and it has acted exactly that way. Right now [the Google search data] is telling me there's not really that next leg up in Bitcoin because there's not that interest that leads to wallet growth that leads to price appreciation."
 

Proof?

Colas tries to justify this position by explaining how Ethereum has been the only coin that has fared relatively well in the top echelons of the CoinMarket Cap:

“Some of the movement in Ethereum, which has traded much better [in January], is just money which is being pulled out of Bitcoin."

However, it is important to note that Bitcoin’s price fluctuations and movements are still heavily linked to all other coins. The saying that: ‘the tide moves all boats’ is still true in the cryptocurrency market with Bitcoin essentially being the tide. When Bitcoin is up, most coins follow, and when it is down, the same red graphs appear to follow suit across the board.

 

Author Darryn Pollock

 

Posted by David Ogden Entrepreneur
David Ogden Cryptocurrency Entrepreneur

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member