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Bitcoin is blowing up.
The president of the United States, for the very first time, just got outpaced by Bitcoin in the amount of interest he’s generating on Google. As highlighted by Google Trends, the world’s premiere cryptocurrency finally pulled ahead of Donald Trump in late November and early December, a striking benchmark.
Bitcoin is not at the zenith of its popularity as far as Google interest is concerned, however. Google Trends keeps track of interest over time by measuring a particular search term with a numerical value between zero and 100, which represents from the lowest to the highest amount of Google search interest it’s ever had. Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, Trump is currently at just 22 out of 100, while Bitcoin is at 32 out of 100.
Trump’s peak in terms of Google interest, according to the chart, came the week immediately following his inauguration as president, from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28.
It’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean people around the world aren’t still interested or engrossed in Trump and the various stories that have embroiled him over the last several weeks. Rather, it’s more of a testament to the surging interest in Bitcoin, which has seen a massive spike in its value in the last several weeks and which just cracked the $10,000 mark. In short, it seems as if nothing drives interest quite like the opportunity to turn some quick dollars or perhaps to wonder “Damn, why didn’t I invest in Bitcoin sooner?”
It’s worth noting, although it has nothing to do with Google users’ interest vs. Trump, that the administration might be considering regulating the soaring cryptocurrency. Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press corps that the Trump administration was “monitoring” Bitcoin, which has seen a more than 1,000 percent increase in its value throughout 2017.
H/T Business Insider
Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.