Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who proclaimed he would be “off Twitter for a while” two days ago, tweeted about dogecoin earlier today, sending the cryptocurrency to spike 46% midday.
“Doge,” was the first in a series of tweets, followed by “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto,” “no highs, no lows, just doge,” and, in a Lion King reference, a “ur welcome” tweet accompanied by a meme of him holding the Dogecoin mascot.
Just last week, Musk added the hashtag #bitcoin to his Twitter bio, prompting the cryptocurrency’s value to jump 18% to $38,500 that day.
In an audio chat on the phone app Clubhouse earlier this week, Musk said that he should have invested in Bitcoin eight years ago. “I might be late to the party,” he said.
In terms of Dogecoin, he said that “fate loves irony” and the most ironic outcome for the cryptocurrency, which was started as a joke, would be if it “becomes the currency of Earth in the future.”
According to the Coinbase website, Dogecoin was created as a joke — its name is a reference to a popular internet meme. “It shares many features with Litecoin. However, unlike Litecoin, there is no hard cap on the number of dogecoins that can be produced.”
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