One of the best ways to learn about cryptocurrencies and blockchains is to interact with the community. There’s no shortage of crypto groups out there. Here are some of the best ones to check out.
Bitcointalk is the largest and most influential crypto community on the web. It boasts almost two million members and more than three million posts.
Many of the coins’ developers use Bitcointalk to post official announcements, making it a great place to hang out if you want to be on the cutting edge of crypto news. Indeed, we think it’s one of the best news sites for cryptocurrency fans.
You will find sections dedicated to mining, development, speculation, technical support, ICOs, and more. There’s also a learning section with masses of material for beginners. The site is available in more than 20 languages.
Cryptocurrency Talk is the place to hang out if you only want to chat about crypto and not the broader blockchain sector.
There are five coin-specific boards: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Zcash, and Dash. The site also has several boards for the latest news, development chat and questions, mining, and crypto’s role in the world economy.
The community isn’t as large as the one on Bitcointalk, but you can still expect dozens of new posts every day. This site also offers multi-lingual support.
Crypto-Twitter is like any other social network niche. Follow and interact with the right people, and you’ll have a rich experience. Follow trolls, bots, and sensationalists, and it’ll be a nightmare.
If you know where to look, you’ll find some of the industry’s most-forwarding thinking minds, successful traders, and leading news sources. Most coins, wallets, and exchanges also have their own profiles.
The crypto community’s main hashtag is #crypto. Check out these users if you’re not sure where to start:
- Vitalik Buterin: @VitalikButerin
- Charlie Lee: @SatoshiLite
- Ari Paul: @AriDavidPaul
- Andreas Antonopoulos: @aantonop
- Nick Szabo: @NickSzabo4
- Bobby Lee: @bobbyclee
- Eric Voorhees: @ErikVoorhees
- Brian Armstrong: @brian_armstrong
- Luke Martin: @VentureCoinist
- Suppoman: @MichaelSuppo
- Crypto Yoda: @cryptoyoda
- CryptoCobain: @cryptocobain
- Ethereum: @ethereum
- Ripple: @Ripple
- Litecoin: @litecoin
Of course, also follow our official BlocksDecoded Twitter account!
Steemit was the world’s first social network to be integrated with the crypto sector. All the network’s data is stored on its blockchain; mainstream social networks store it on their own private servers.
Furthermore, users can earn Steem in exchange for producing posts and content. Steem comes in three forms: Steem (the regular cryptocurrency token), Steem Dollars (pegged to the US dollar), and Steem Power (used to grow your influence on the Steemit network).
Steemit offers a Reddit-like experience. Users can upvote and downvote comments and posts. The social network covers a wide variety of topics, but naturally, there’s a mountain of crypto content to dig into.
The site categorizes content using tags rather than a subreddit equivalent. Popular crypto tags include crypto, cryptocurrency, bitcoin, blockchain, ethereum, btc, litecoin, and altcoin.
Learn more in our explainer article on how Steemit works and why it’s worth using.
Needless to say, Reddit is a hive of crypto and blockchain activity. Many coins have their own dedicated subreddit, and there are boards for trading, news, development, and more.
Developers from many altcoins hang out there, and the subreddits have also invited many of the world’s leading crypto experts to performs AMAs.
Subscribe to these subreddits to get involved:
Stack Exchange is a well-known forum in the tech world. All the content uses a question and answer format.
The main site offers several sub-sites that focus on specific topics. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum have their own sub-site.
The Bitcoin site has 64,000 users and has seen 30,000 answers across 22,000 questions. 83 percent of questions are answered. Ethereum’s sub-site has 43,000 users, 24,000 questions, and 26,000 answers. 69 percent of questions receive an answer.
Yes, IRC does still exist. Not only does it exist, but it’s thriving.
For our younger readers, IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It has its roots back in the late 1980s and provided real-time chat services before Slack, Skype, and even MSN Messenger were a thing.
Given IRC’s 30 years of open protocol service, which has seen thousands of client and server implementations, many in the crypto community believe it to be a closer fit with blockchain ideals than modern wall-garden services like Discord.
Some of the biggest IRC crypto channels include #bitcoin, #cryptsy, #bittrex, #poloniex, and #bitcoin-mining.
Telegram is a chat app that’s a competitor to WhatsApp. Many crypto experts have created their own groups. Some are free to join; others require a small payment.
Some of the best crypto Telegram channels you should check out are DeCenter, ICO Invest, News.Bitcoin.com, Cointelegraph, and Crypto Experts Signal.
Investing.com will be a recognizable name to anyone who’s invested in either crypto or the regular markets. The site’s main site service is providing data, charts, stats, and news about a diverse selection of assets.
In the crypto section, each coin has its own individual forum. It’s a real-time feed of comments, allowing users to chat about the coin’s latest news and react to price changes during the day.
10. Blocks Decoded Discord
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One of the best places to hang out with the BlocksDecoded team is on our private Discord channel. We dissect the news, talk about the markets, and ponder what the future holds for cryptocurrencies and blockchains.
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