Because the current landscape of cryptocurrencies can be somewhat viewed up as a sort of modern-day “Wild West,” it might be awkward or even difficult for new crypto enthusiasts to find trustworthy figures to look up to.
Nowadays, almost all people that barely know a thing or two about digital currencies mentions “crypto influencer” within their bio which can be a bit disconcerting. Be that as it may, the industry has a lot of big names, genuine crypto influencers with tons of experience. Following these people who are actually actively contributing to the community can result in a very enlightening experience.
Social media allows the industry’s leading figures to engage with the public regarding things which can shape the whole crypto landscape. One of the most popular social media platforms is Twitter which can provide a great source of information especially in the case of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.
In this article, we are going to list some of the most popular, genuine crypto influencers that you might want to follow on Twitter in order to either have your finger on the pulse of the cryptosphere or simply enhance your knowledge regarding this ever-expanding and fascinating field.
The college dropout programmer and writer of Russian-Canadian origin, Vitalik Buterin is one of the biggest names within the cryptospere and definitely one of the must-follow Twitter influencers. Vitalik is not afraid to share his unique and more-often-than-not critical opinions around many problems of the blockchain space as well as getting involved in disputes that don’t necessarily revolve around Ethereum. In general, Vitalk Buterin shares his thoughts regarding blockchain scalability, governance, ICOs, dApps, and security.
Quiet but very visible progress on short-term scalability from @peter_szilagyi and co:
* Blocks getting processed fast
* Uncle rates dropping to ~8%, their lowest levels since before 2017-era gas limit increases, despite gas usage still being at ~80% of peak pic.twitter.com/BeQoP5871m
— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) December 23, 2018
Most of you probably already know who Charlie Lee is – the famous founder behind one of the most popular Bitcoin forks, Litecoin and the ex-Director of Engineering at Coinbase. Charlie has made quite a name for itself over the past couple of years as being a person who likes to freely speak his mind on a wide range of crypto-related topics and is even known for supporting various projects and movements within the space. He mostly speaks about Bitcoin, scalability, forks, and atomic swaps.
Excited to announce that the Litecoin logo will be on the canvas as the Official Cryptocurrency Partner of @UFC 232 on 12/29 in Inglewood CA! Read more: https://t.co/y4yvPWb6rj pic.twitter.com/ddML54j5GH
— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) December 26, 2018
Regarded by some as being somewhat of a legend and “the Al Pacino of crypto,” John McAfee is nothing if not one of the most controversial figures within the cryptosphere. John McAfee is a British-American computer programmer, businessman, and incredibly passionate crypto fan. Over the years he’s become known for playing Russian roulette with WIRED reporters, for shooting up his own house during an alleged assassination attempt, and for famously promising to eat his own genitals on national television if Bitcoin doesn’t hit $500,000 per coin by 2020.
When I predicted Bitcoin at $500,000 by the end of 2020, it used a model that predicted $5,000 at the end of 2017. BTC has accelerated much faster than my model assumptions. I now predict Bircoin at $1 million by the end of 2020. I will still eat my dick if wrong. pic.twitter.com/WVx3E71nyD
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 29, 2017
Often thought upon to be the “real” Satoshi Nakamoto, Nick Szabo is one of the leading pioneers of the blockchain field. The world-renowned computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer is mostly known for his research in digital contracts and the creation of smart contracts. He also designed Bit Gold and owns the blog Unenumerated. Szabo is known for tweeting on a large variety of technical concepts.
Most Austrian economists, like economists generally, operate at a layer of society's "protocol stack" that assumes security is already solved. But it was security/trust minimization that had to be solved to provide sound money not dependent on government for its security.
— Nick Szabo 🔑 (@NickSzabo4) December 24, 2018
Also known as the “Bitcoin Jesus,” Roger Ver is a name that does not need much introduction as he’s one of the first people to invest in blockchain startups such as Bitcoin, Zcash, BitPay, and Kraken. Roger is also a board advisor at the Bitcoin Foundation. All in all, Ver is very bullish on supporting Bitcoin Cash and has argued more than once that it’s better than Bitcoin.
Bitcoin Cash is a civilization-changing technology which will dramatically increase human freedom and prosperity.https://t.co/g2px6Ey7Xi
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) December 22, 2018
Gavin Andresen is a software developer best known for his involvement with the infamous Bitcoin project, even from the early days. He helped found the Bitcoin Foundation and has always been a big supporter of Bitcoin. Even though he is no longer working as one of the Bitcoin core developers, he continues to remain a highly influential person within the digital currency landscape.
Now is a great time to help people who need it most by giving to my favorite charity, @GiveDirectly. Contributions of $100 to $25k will be matched, and yes, they accept Bitcoin. Forward receipts to [email protected]doubleupdrive.com to be matched https://t.co/boTz7x6X1e
— Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen) December 18, 2018
Joseph Lubin is another big name in the cryptosphere, especially in Canada. Lubin is mostly known for his involvement with the Ethereum project (he’s a co-founder) and for establishing the Ethereum Foundation in Toronto. Nowadays, Lubin’s posts mostly include information about ConsenSys, a project that aims to decentralize the web via the Ethereum platform.
— Joseph Lubin (@ethereumJoseph) November 30, 2018
Laura Shin is one of the most (if not the most) popular blockchain writers/journalists in the sphere. Laura is a self-proclaimed “no-coiner” and hosts Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts where she tells incredible stories of pioneers of the blockchain space. Laura is worth following if you want a bit of insight on the industry, especially if you’re passionate about the technical side of thing and you love hearing how the technology can disrupt many industries.
On Unconfirmed, Bloomberg's @mattleising talks about how, for certain months, the dollars in Tether's bank account matched the amount of Tether outstanding, whether it matters that Tether and the bank share a cofounder, and the state of USDT investigations https://t.co/rY4cPaJiOd
— Laura Shin (@laurashin) December 21, 2018
Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a very renowned blockchain expert and public speaker and exactly what one might call a “Bitcoin evangelist. Andreas is the best-selling author of some of the industry’s best books, an early investor of Ethereum, and definitely one of the most influential figures in the field.
Thanks to the support of Patreon subscribers, I'm donating 247 free copies of Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money, to high school @hackclub locations in the US, India and Spainhttps://t.co/KyrKRxbbna#bitcoin #theInternetOfMoney#Hack
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) August 23, 2018
Charlie Shrem is the chief visionary officer at Crypto.IQ, renowned speaker, and writer, Bitcoin pioneer, advisor for Changelly.com and founder of The Bitcoin Foundation. With such an impressive resume under his belt, it’s no wonder that Charlie is one of the best blockchain influencers out there.
Bitcoin (BTC) Technical Analysis: A Silver Lining for Gold and Bitcoin (BTC) https://t.co/JzwZgQTOFQ
— Charlie Shrem (@CharlieShrem) December 27, 2018
CryptoYoda is a crypto enthusiast and technical analyst who has made a name for itself in the crypto industry. He is worth following since he usually tweets all sorts of useful tips about trading and also brings a unique perspective on various cryptocurrency news.
bears have failed to drive down the price at the lows, printed a clear double bottom instead. observing if and how this signal is being triggered, then re-evaluate pic.twitter.com/2cMbsP4fI3
— CryptoYoda (@CryptoYoda1338) November 28, 2018
If you’re passionate about cryptocurrency in general, there’s a good chance you already know who Riccardo Spagni is. The creator of Monero, the most private and anonymous crypto to date, is also probably the most charismatic crypto influencer to date as he has a great sense of sarcasm and quite the eye for details. We mean, his Twitter handle is @fluffypony (enough said).
Well, there you have it, folks. https://t.co/FVxG3WsL13
— Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony) December 25, 2018
Max Keiser is a cryptocurrency advocate and the host of a show called Keiser Report, a show that claims to have the world’s largest global crypto audience. Max Keiser was a very big fan of Bitcoin even when it was rated at $3, and a strong believer that cryptocurrencies will eventually help change and improve various traditional markets.
With this port, I may have outperformed every crypto money manager (and every hedge fund) in 2018. Kraken is up more than 100x: Kraken, Shapeshift, Bitfinex, Bitso, BitPesa, BitPay, CasaHODL, Uphold, https://t.co/OkucLiDi0w, Unocoin, Sun Exchange, Minds. @HeisenbergCap
— Max Keiser [Jan/3🔑] (@maxkeiser) December 26, 2018
Of course, this list barely scratches the surface of all the blockchain influencers that contribute towards making the crypto space what it is today. Without a doubt, the crypto space is a rapidly evolving landscape which constantly accommodates new pioneers and new influencers. It’s up to you to open your “online” awareness to whatever relevant subjects and methods they promote.