- Study: Netflix released more originals than licensed titles last year Today 2:26 PM
- Laura Ingraham, Dinesh D’Souza slam journalist for having a job Today 1:40 PM
- Netflix is testing a cheap-as-hell mobile-only plan Today 1:08 PM
- Astrology app Co-Star’s bizarre push notifications are now a meme Today 12:18 PM
- ‘The Dirt’ offers a sanitized history of Mötley Crüe—but why? Today 11:42 AM
- ‘The Dirt’ director Jeff Tremaine on Mötley Crüe’s long, difficult road to Netflix Today 11:30 AM
- Here’s video of yet another alleged gunman looking for YouTuber Adam22 Today 11:09 AM
- 12 mugs that are absolutely purr-fect for cat enthusiasts Today 10:58 AM
- Jared Kushner used WhatsApp for official White House business Today 10:50 AM
- Unsettled Tom memes are on the rise Today 10:36 AM
- Trans student nominated for prom king told by administration to run for queen Today 10:07 AM
- Trump turns on his favorite cable news network Today 8:56 AM
- Skillshare is offering new users one month of premium for less than $1 Today 8:34 AM
- How to stream Bellator 218 for free Today 8:00 AM
- Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is already a meme gold mine Today 7:18 AM
No portfolio is complete without the canine commodity.
Yes, in a triumph of Internet synergy, you can now invest in Dogecoin, quite probably the first open-source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency based on a meme—the ever-popular “Shibe” concept, to be precise. Just don’t expect a “wow”-worthy return anytime soon: Right now a million Dogecoins are supposedly worth 0.0507 BTC, or a little less than $50. Reports have surfaced, however, of people paying $1 for 10,000 or even 3,500 DC, and as much as an Australian dollar per 20 DC.
Hundreds have pooled together and set to mining—or “digging,” as one forum wittily has it—the adorably hordable coins. So far, more than 5,000 blocks have been accessed by users looking to be rewarded with more DC. In addition to a Twitter account and Facebook page, there’s an entire subreddit for traders of the burgeoning currency. All three are venues for extremely scientific analysis and speculation about the future of the Dogecoin market, as is /g/, 4chan’s technology board.
All told, there are 100 billion Dogecoins to be mined, though like Litecoins they are encrypted with Scrypt and therefore “cannot be effectively harvested using ASICs, or specialized Bitcoin-mining equipment.” The wallet appears to be a copy of Luckycoin’s. ‘
Realistically, then, Dogecoin’s edge is all in the branding: Very fluff, much business. Is it headed for the moon, as Bitcoin enthusiasts like to say? Could be—Shiba Inus are great jumpers.
Photo by Rock K/Flickr
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'