The State of Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Awareness — Sept 2017
Blockchains, cryptocurrencies and crypto systems have surged in awareness and interest in the past year. This article’s goal is to take a deep dive into the momentum and visibility of several of these crypto systems and provide some benchmark for future reference.
Here, I’ve chosen to focus on 6 crypto systems: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Zcash, IPFS/Filecoin, Blockstack. And I’ve chosen 4 metrics: web traffic, twitter followers, search results, GitHub stars & forks, and paper citations.
Please keep in mind the following:
- For this article I’ve chosen to focus on awareness or “vanity” metrics only.
- In a follow-up article I will focus on real usage metrics, which should be rated more highly weighted but are also more difficult to measure.
- These awareness metrics are somewhat problematic when it comes to decentralized systems (tracking a single Twitter account or website isn’t ideal), but we will do our best with benchmarking.
- It’s possible these metrics are being gamed to a certain extent, but it’s interesting to review them nonetheless.
GitHub Stars, Forks, & Contributors
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Thanks to Larry Salibra, Guy Lepage, Muneeb Ali and Jeremy Epstein for feedback on this post.