TL;DR: CoinSpice scours the Twittersphere to shine light upon the top crypto tweets of the week. Zooko of Zcash loses it over Twitter data collection update. Vitalik Buterin scores not one but two top slots for great posts this week. CoinGecko celebrates 6 years. OpenBazaar offers an alternative to Amazon backlogs, and Jeffrey Tucker is not unimpressed.
#10 Zcash CoFounder Explodes at Twitter
Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, Zooko, is the spiritual head of Zcash, a privacy-oriented coin championing innovations such as zero-knowledge proofs or zk-SNARKs. Pro-privacy folks tend to have a few traits in common, and one of them is hyper-vigilance especially online and doubly-so when it comes to social media. Recently, Twitter flashed an update to user data collection.
“The control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed,” Twitter began. “Specifically, your ability to control mobile app advertising measurements has been removed, but you can control whether to share some non-public data to improve Twitter’s marketing activities on other sites and apps. These changes, which help Twitter to continue operating as a free service, are reflected now in your settings.”
Fuck you, twitter dot com. Take my money and stop trying to generate value out of me for your advertisers by manipulating my thoughts and my emotions. pic.twitter.com/OG624xXADC
— zooko (@zooko) April 8, 2020
It’s the modern reality of online free services. You are the product. Don’t like it? Kick rocks. For innovators such as Zooko, however, the choice offered by the likes of Twitter is a false dichotomy. There are other ways, such as availing users of a Premium, pay-as-you-go option.
The thread Zooko triggers by way of his emotional outburst is worth reading. Sifting through the snarky comments, one gets a sense of how passionate he and other privacy advocates are about the growing encroachment of what’s known as Surveillance Capitalism. Freer markets at their best offer choice, however, and choice is freedom. It remains to be seen if Twitter will avail itself of that option.
#9 CoinGecko Turns 6!
6 years ago @tmlee and I launched CoinGecko on the Bitcointalk forum in our bedrooms. This forum posting will be a historical relic for years to come.
I almost forgot this date as we were so busy BUIDLing. To many more years ahead as we continue this journey with all of you. 🥂 https://t.co/Buw1gqo2uT
— Bobby Ong (@bobbyong) April 8, 2020
#8 Who Did This!
Alright it's time to cry myself to sleep like tone vays does every night pic.twitter.com/Ddi5J9OKWL
— Sakura (@TheOhagiMan) April 8, 2020
#7 Like There’s Some Shortage of Collateral or Something
Wow, who could've seen this coming, a central bank significantly relaxing collateral rules, expanding eligibility, and adjusting haircuts.
Like there's some shortage of collateral or something.https://t.co/9XSfsVfb4I
— Jeffrey P. Snider (@JeffSnider_AIP) April 7, 2020
#6 Coins 4 Clothes
Photos from our drop offs on Saturday. We provided food, clothing and essential supplies to over 50 people in Toronto and Mississauga. Thank you to our volunteers Usama and Sam! Thank you to all the donors who made this possible. #BCHGANG #BCHforeveryone #Riseup #underdogs pic.twitter.com/7Jge0hltEV
— Coins 4 Clothes (@Coins4Clothes) April 7, 2020
#5 Vitalik is on Fire, Grabbing Two Top Spots This Week
This is why I think digging up over-confident predictions people made 2-5 years ago that turned out horribly wrong and laughing at them is a great custom to have.
We need at least social incentive to say things that are sane, and we need to be reminded of everyone's fallibility. https://t.co/UDkDLKkypi
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) April 6, 2020
#4 The Anti-Amazon to the Rescue
We don’t have warehouses but there are billions of Internet users that can ship anywhere in the world if they want. Let’s get this ball rolling!! https://t.co/NopWOX8jME
— OpenBazaar (@openbazaar) April 2, 2020
#3 Answers Without Sarcasm
Anyone know why crypto isn't spiking these days?
(Would appreciate answers without sarcasm, my block finger is very quick these days)
— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) March 31, 2020
#2 Not Unimpressed
I'm not unimpressed by a $6K price of BTC. I was blown away when the thing reached $30.00. But can you imagine the price today if the thing had properly scaled?
— Jeffrey A Tucker (@jeffreyatucker) March 30, 2020
#1 A Clear Vibe
I joined bitcoin land in 2011 and back then I remember a clear vibe that bitcoin was p2p cash first and gold second. pic.twitter.com/jSdkXPwSiE
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) April 1, 2020
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