Keeping Up with the Crypto Economist
We all have a routine for checking news that extends well beyond opening our local paper (presumably this is something people still do). Like proper Millennials, we demand our news as narrow and targeted as possible.
There is more than one way to skin a cat and there are about a thousand different ways to arrive at the same piece of news. As FogCoin’s in-house Crypto Economist, wading through the vast crypto news landscape is part of my specialty. Below, I’ve rounded up some simple, convenient methods for staying up-to-date with the latest goings-on in the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrency and blockchain.
I was at a conference in New York during the height of 2017’s crypto mania when the speaker asked the audience how many folks check CoinDesk and CoinTelegraph every day. The majority of hands went up. And while it’s probably trendy in some corners of the cryptoverse to hate on these two news aggregators, they provide an important service: keeping the public informed of the biggest headlines of the day.
I don’t expect deep dives from either news source (though sometimes I am pleasantly surprised on this front) but I do expect a solid base of information and links to the source of their stories should I want to go deeper myself. It’s very rare that something big happens in the crypto world that these two aren’t reporting on immediately.
Should you require a more targeted experience, Google Alerts has you covered.
For example, you may not want to hear about everything the SEC finds newsworthy given that the bulk of it will be unrelated to crypto. With Google Alerts, you can set something like “SEC and crypto” and have results emailed to at whatever frequency you prefer, like so:
Readers of the FogCoin blog are a savvy sort and I have no doubt all of you possess the required knowledge to set effective Google Alerts. But just in case you’d like some further information on the process, here’s a good how-to from techrepublic.
Like all Twitter subcultures, Crypto Twitter can be a terrifying place full of misinformation, trolling, and misplaced anger. But it can also be the home of some of the most insightful crypto takes you’ll find anywhere. And when news breaks, you will be hard pressed to find quicker coverage than from the experts on Twitter, while CoinDesk and CoinTelegraph are working to ensure their stories meet editorial standards. Anyone who has ever been on Twitter knows that such standards don’t exist there.
Here are a few helpful handles to follow, though there are thousands of other good ones. But be careful, plenty of these guys have imposter accounts a few letters away from the real thing.
@venturecoinist: mostly focused on crypto investment strategies (interesting reading, but please keep in mind we do not endorse particular strategies or investment ideas of any kind here on this blog)
@cryptohustle: one of the more…unfiltered feeds, but consistently plugged into everything crypto
@VitalikButerin: the man behind Ethereum often has great insights on the wider community (but do not ask him about free ETH giveaways)
@barrysilbert: founder of Digital Currency Group and involved in a few other notable sites like CoinDesk
The Other Guys:
@balajis: CoinBase’s CTO
@WhalePanda: self-proclaimed “Crypto OG” — has to count for something.
@cburniske: I like this guy a lot. Burniske is well known in the crypto world for calmly doling out sober takes when the hysteria starts to ramp up. Literally wrote the book on crypto-asset valuation.
Accounts with more of a focus on the technology powering cryptocurrency than the coins themselves:
@Jihanwu: Co-founder at BITMAIN
@Nickszabo4: Szabo has been working on the idea of decentralized currency since 1998, though it never quite got going. A really interesting and thoughtful guy.
@neha: Neha Narula is also working on scaling systems for blockchain. Another great source for interesting takes on blockchain and technology writ large.
Do you love “lambo” and “moon” jokes? Then crypto reddit is the place for you.
r/Cryptocurrency: at about 630k subscribers, r/Cryptocurrency is one of the original forums for (mostly) amateur crypto takes. As with Twitter, one of Reddit’s core strength’s is how fast news will materialize, even if it should sometimes be viewed with a skeptical eye.
After r/Cryptocurrency, things are mostly coin-specific, with a few exceptions like r/Crypto_Currency_News or maybe r/altcoin if that’s your thing. I won’t get into coin-specific subreddits here, as they should be easy enough to locate.
Telegram has been the trendy spot for sharing crypto insights for the last few years. It’s easy enough to sign up and get going, then browse around for channels that appear up your alley.
The CoinDesk and CoinTelegraph channels are great places to get started. Spend a bit of time with the major names and you can find your way to other channels in no time. Again, the big protocols have their designation channels if that’s what you’re looking for.
It’s always fun to browse traditional websites without RSS or targeted alerts, like an old-timer straight out of 2011 or something.
MIT Technology Review, a name that arguably suffers from some minor redundancy, is a great spot for deep dives on blockchain happenings.
Unchained with Laura Shin, a writer over at Forbes, is a terrific listen for experts and beginners alike. Shin has an easy conversational style, brings in interesting guests, asks great questions, and possesses that rare ability to make complex topics seem approachable.
If ICOs are more your thing, ICO Alert is a nice resource.