Dogecoin (DOGE) is known as the world’s first meme-coin, based on the very popular (or arguably unpopular), Doge meme (see below).
What is Dogecoin?
According to the Dogecoin website:
“Dogecoin is a fun, new and rapidly growing form of digital currency. Dogecoin is used with a wallet on your computer, your smartphone, or a website. You can use it to buy goods and services, or trade it for other currencies (both other cryptocurrencies or traditional currency like US dollars). One of the most popular uses for Dogecoin is “tipping” fellow internet-goers who create or share great content. Think of it as a more meaningful “like” or upvote, with real value that can be used all across the internet.”
Led by the Dogecoin Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that uses Dogecoin to promote charity and community online, through the use of cryptocurrency, so despite the currencies quite funny origin, Dogecoin is built upon serious foundations with a real view to democratise the internet. The Dogecoin community are known for their friendly attitudes towards collaboration, though as the Dogecoin Foundation states, they still wish to see their coin hit the moon:
“We all wish Dogecoin will reach the moon, may that day be sooner or later. But it all starts with what us, the community, can do. The Dogecoin Foundation helps promote Dogecoin, so more and more people know about it and we can get it in the hands of more shibes. Think of us as the ‘backend’ of the Dogecoin community.”
Dogecoin in the news
Despite Dogecoin’s community appearance, the founder of Dogecoin – Jackson Palmer is known as one of cryptos more outspoken characters. Not too long ago, Palmer released a script that allowed people to block fake Ethereum ‘giveaway’ accounts on Twitter, meaning that those who ran the script would no longer see any tweets related to themselves and fake Ethereum giveaways. Now, according to a recent tweet by Palmer, he has adapted the script to silence the XRP community.
In his tweet, Palmer states:
“You can find my simple script to automatically block XRP accounts that slide into your mentions @ https://gist.github.com/ummjackson/8fe9ef99819777c2e6655b5e71dd61ac … – I call it XRP Away”
“Make sure you don’t reply to or mention me if you have ‘XRP’ in your profile name, handle or bio. Because this will block you. Signal to noise ratio has already improved greatly.”
Why has Palmer created this script?
Palmer has been very vocal about his views on XRP in the past. As we know, he had already created a script to block Twitter accounts that had engagement in scam Ethereum giveaways. By adapting this script, Palmer has been able to block XRP accounts as a result of a backlash he has faced on Twitter as a result of his negative XRP comments. According to Ethereum World News:
“The move came as a result of XRP enthusiasts counter-replying and storming him because of his negative comments made recently towards Ripple’s XRP. The latest script before being transformed into an open-source code, was used as a ETH scam bot blocking script. Elon Musk called Mr. Palmer for help to fight the spammers which targeted Musk for months.”
In short, Palmer has said some bad things about XRP on Twitter, the XRP community have reacted by spamming Palmer with ‘hate’ and as a result, Palmer has taken steps to silence the XRP community, in the name of transparency he has also made this script available to anyone else who wants it.
Is this an attack on XRP, or another meme-like attempt to get Dogecoin in the news? Whatever the answer, it seems to have worked – Palmer has successfully blocked the accounts that are causing him problems and DOGE itself seems to have broken away from the overall negative trend within the markets, DOGE is climbing and DOGE is hitting headlines today, so for the DOGE community, this all seems to have gone very well.
It’s a big publicity stunt, at the expense of a rather disgruntled XRP community.
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