Hello, friends! You already know about the rupee coin and Bitcoin. But there’s a new coin that’s globally famous now. It’s called the Dogecoin. The value of our rupee is based on our currency. And Bitcoin is based on Blockchain that promises to revolutionize the monetary systems around the world. But this Dogecoin is based on a meme. Literally! This coin was made in jest. Someone took the Doge meme, a meme of the dog that was quite famous at some point and made a coin out of it. It’s like someone taking the “Pawri ho rahi hai” meme and turning it into a “Pawri coin”. Or this meme of Akshay Kumar being made into an “Akki coin”. It’s quite possible. Someone may very well make this Pawri coin and Akki coin. Because cryptocurrency is so decentralized any person can develop their own coin. They’d need basic coding knowledge to do that. But the thing is that Dogecoin became so famous that people like Elon Musk started buying it and promoting it.
Why did it happen? Come let’s find out in today’s Article on Dogecoin. After the popularity of Bitcoin, several people brought up its disadvantages. Like, the long transaction time of Bitcoin. Or that the whole process of Bitcoin consumes a lot of energy. And that’s not good for the environment. That’s why some people considered making their own coins. These coins are known as Alt-Coins. i.e. Alternative Coins. Because they’re the alternative to Bitcoin. And they try to counter the disadvantages of Bitcoin. By some method or the other. Like Ethereum, and Litecoin, But after Alt-Coins had been developed, people realized that anyone could create their own coins. So some people started creating their own coins for fun. There were no advantages in their coins as compared to Bitcoins. They simply changed the name and created a new coin. Some scammers made their own coins as well. And fooled people to invest in their coins to drive the value of the coin After that the scammer would take back his investment and the people would suffer heavy losses while the scammer would walk away with a significant profit. This is known as a Pump and Dump scheme.
So many people created their coins for fun. Some for scamming people others for absolutely no reason. It was only meant as a joke. These coins which were created for no reason are often known as Shitcoins. Because they do not add any value to the world. They aren’t bringing about any improvement in the process. So they’re Shitcoins. Some people believe that Dogecoin is also a Shitcoin. The only difference is that the purpose of creating Dogecoin wasn’t to scam people. it was only to prank people. It was only a joke. This Doge meme was at the peak of its popularity in 2013. Jackson Palmer, an Australian marketer, and Billy Markus, a software developer at IBM developed this Dogecoin. Palmer says that he thought up this idea as a joke. to combine the two most popular trending topics on the internet. Cryptocurrency and the Doge meme. The code of Dogecoin is based on Litecoin.
Litecoin is an Alt-Coin that does have a few advantages over Bitcoin. Like lesser processing time and lower transaction fees. But it is truly surprising that the market valuation of Dogecoin has already surpassed that of Litecoin. If you look at the largest cryptocurrencies in the world Dogecoin coin has become the fourth-largest cryptocurrency. After Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance. The biggest question here is how is it possible? How did a coin made as a joke gain such popularity? Why are people buying it? The first reason is the Reddit website. People on Reddit started using it as a joke initially. Whenever someone liked a post or comment on Reddit, people would award some Dogecoins to the OP as a tip. It was known as the DogeBot tip. Usually, this was a tip of 5 Dogecoins. And at the time the value of Dogecoin was 0.0002$. It was a very small amount.
Using Dogecoin as a tip started gaining popularity on Reddit. And this expanded over the years. Dogecoins were used so much and exchanged so many times that their value started increasing rapidly. In September 2018, the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk noticed it. Elon Musk met Jackson Palmer on the issue of Twitter scambots. The fake Twitter accounts that scam people using the guise of cryptocurrency. Elon Musk wanted to take them down because his name was being used to run these scams. So he asked for Jackson Palmer’s help on this. That was when Elon Musk came to know about Dogecoin.
After 7 months he tweeted “Dogecoin might be my favourite cryptocurrency.” In March 2020 he tweeted “Dogs rock. They are the best coins.” So in the coming months and years, he tweeted about Dogecoin several times which were indirectly or directly promoting Dogecoin. And because Elon Musk is so famous, perhaps the most renowned and liked billionaire in the world, every time he tweeted, it sent up the value of Dogecoin by 25% – 50%. Eventually, 2021 followed 2020. And now the value of Dogecoin has exceeded 50¢. At its peak, Dogecoin had almost touched the valuation of $80 billion. Though its price has fallen a bit in the last couple of days, the supporters of Dogecoin aim to drive its value up to $1. It means that the value of 1 Dogecoin would be equal to $1. Currently, it is around 50-60%.
And what is the process to buy Dogecoin? It’s the same as buying any other cryptocurrency. You’d need to use a Cryptocurrency Exchange Platform. Talking about the real-life use of Dogecoin, the community of Dogecoin has donated to several charitable causes. Their first donation was to a Jamaican Bobsleigh team of $30,000 in Dogecoins. so that the team could participate in the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics. After this, for some water conversation projects in Kenya and for helping some special needs children, the community of Dogecoin donated money. And who are the community of Dogecoin? What do I mean by this? Basically, there is a subreddit on Dogecoin where the users who buy and promote Dogecoins come together and make such donations. But overall, friends, I’d say that Dogecoin has become a cultural trend now. It does not have a value of its own. It isn’t bringing in any significant technological advancement nor is it unique. Only because of its circumstances Dogecoin has become so popular now. And this needs to be understood by those people who think that. if they invest in Dogecoin now and they would get 10x, 100x, 1000x returns.
That Dogecoin is a good investment. You need to understand that cultural trends grow exponentially. And die down after their peak. There is a very high possibility that this may happen. I’m not giving you any investment advice here. You can buy Dogecoin if you want to. I’m just saying that be cautious of the huge risk. But the higher the risk in investment, there is more chance of high returns as well. It is possible that after a few years, Dogecoin may be valued at $100 instead of a paltry $1. But it is equally possible that its value may become 0 instead of the 0.50¢ now. All your investments may vanish. Because predicting cultural trends on the internet is next to impossible. You’d basically be trying to predict how the world would think collectively. I believe that the same thing applies to Bitcoin as well. You should invest only that much in Bitcoin that you can afford to lose. if Bitcoin crashes to 0 tomorrow, you will not suffer much even after all your investment vanishes. And Dogecoin is even riskier than Bitcoin. So this is even more valid for Dogecoin than it is for Bitcoin. At least Bitcoin has some value of its own. Because it presents a revolutionary technology. It presents an alternative monetary system. But it is not so with Dogecoin. But at the same time, also remember this, friends, that only those things have any value in the society, in which people believe. If people think that a thing should have value, it does. You can see this with so many things. If people think that branded clothes have value, then their value exists and people buy them at exorbitant prices. The same thing applies to Dogecoin as well.
If every one of us starts believing that Dogecoin does indeed have a value even if there isn’t any, people would want to buy it which would drive up its value. And what can be the reason behind it? Absolutely any reason. If someone claims that Elon Musk’s brand is attached to Dogecoin and it has a high value the same reason as with clothes. If a cloth is marked by a brand it has a high value. For the same reason, someone may say that Dogecoin’s value should be higher. If society starts believing this its value will grow. And if society doesn’t, its value will fall. I hope that you liked this explanation. Thank you.