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The Magnificent Seven! Influencers you should be following on Twitter

If you want to stay in the loop in this fast-paced industry, here are seven crypto personalities you need in your Twitter feed

Like it or not, social media has taken greater protagonism in our lives lately. Once just a place to manage our friends and acquaintances, it’s now giving everyday people a voice–and many of these voices end up making their way into the news or even shaping it. 

Not so long ago, it would have been unthinkable to have the world’s most powerful man tweeting incessantly about political matters and world leaders.

And, let’s be honest, many of us are still somewhat bemused by Mr Tump’s ability to whack out so many tweets and still run a country.

However, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram, Reddit… love them or hate them, they can be goldmines of information. This is especially true in the cryptocurrency space that moves at such a fast pace.

Rather than wait to open up a broadsheet over a coffee, we often find out the latest developments with key companies and players off the back of a tweet.

So with that in mind, here are six crypto personalities that you should be following on Twitter if you want to stay in the loop. 

1. Erik Voorhees

CEO and Co-founder of ShapeShift exchange, Libertarian Erik Voorhees has been making moves in the cryptocurrency space since the early days.

Throughout his career, he’s had run-ins with US regulators, been forced to set his company up in crypto-friendly Switzerland, and had his fair share of battles to overcome.

Many criticised his move to implement KYC to his notoriously anonymous exchange in which you could trade crypto to crypto without passing verification checks. However, Voorhees recognises that if you want to stay in business, you have to make some compromises along the way.

A fountain of knowledge about Bitcoin and a staunch believer in the eventual collapse of the fiat system Voorhees is active and vocal on Twitter.

You can learn a lot from him about the importance of financial sovereignty and removing the power from governments.

He’s not the kind to descend into petty battles, either. You’ll find high-quality thought-provoking tweets from him that aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions.

2. Nick Szabo

Many people new to cryptocurrency incorrectly believe that it was the Ethereum blockchain that invented smart contracts. In fact, Nick Szabo first proposed the idea back in 1994.

As an American computer scientist, he invented a virtual currency called ‘Bit Gold’ a full 10 years before Bitcoin came out.

This has lead to many a rumour in the industry that Szabo is the real Satoshi Nakamoto. He’s repeatedly denied this.

He is, however, a blockchain and cryptocurrency pioneer, a Bitcoin maximalist, and an extremely knowledgeable (and outspoken) person.

He’s also very active on Twitter. Hop on over to his page on any given day and Szabo is usually involved in an active debate on how blockchain technology should be developed – and giving out his heated opinions.

3. Changpeng Zhao (CZ)

Changpeng Zhao (CZ) has come from humble beginnings to be one of the most influential (and likeable) people in the cryptocurrency space.

As the CEO of Binance and orchestrator of its many innovations, you can expect to find CZ shamelessly shilling his own BNB coin and promoting Binance endeavours.

However, it’s the best place to go if you want to keep tabs on the biggest and fastest-growing player in the space. Once the most popular spot trading exchange, Binance is now killing it in crypto derivatives as well.

Apart from self-promotion, CZ puts out plenty of gems. From central banks joining the cryptocurrency race to the fact that a US Democratic presidential candidate follows him on Twitter. There’s always something there either to entertain or provide food for thought.

4. Vitalik Buterin

Without doubt, Ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin needs to be in your Twitter feed. Whatever your views on the current state of Ethereum, kudos to this extremely young and slightly oddly-dressed Russian-Canadian computer genius. 

Well-known for his strong opinions and penchant for unicorns and rainbows, Vitalik is one of the most important crypto personalities of all.

On his page, you can keep track of Ethereum goings-on from the move to proof of stake and Ethereum 2.0 to the firestorm surrounding ETH DevCon earlier this month.

There’s a lot of technical information here from scaling techniques to programming languages. But you’ll also see how idealistic he is and how he genuinely wants to change the world.

Vitalik never shies away from an accusation or fight either and always responds with poise and grace. 

5. Meltem Demirors

Bitcoin is a male-dominated industry. Less than 5% of the industry is comprised of women. However, there are still enough intelligent and vocal female crypto personalities to be heard.

One of these is Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer at Coinshares.co.uk. She’s also a cypherpunk and hardline Bitcoin bull.

On her page, you’ll find Meltem educating people and pushing for adoption. You’ll also see her asking some weighty questions that may make some people uncomfortable.

6. Peter Todd

As a former Bitcoin Core developer, Peter Todd is one of the most knowledgeable cryptographers in the space. He’s also one of the most vocal crypto personalities, regularly purporting the values of financial privacy.

He’s not an uncontroversial figure, though. You’ll frequently find Todd involved in some kind of argument on his Twitter account. 

Most notably, calling Ethereum a “scam” recently for being dishonest about the capabilities of blockchain.

7. Anthony Pompliano

Co-founder & Partner at Morgan Creek Digital and an outspoken Bitcoin bull, Anthony Pompliano (Pomp) is one of the most influential crypto personalities today.

His Twitter account almost seems manned around the clock. Pomp provides knowledge and a constant source of hopeful tweets to inspire and encourage Bitcoin enthusiasts.

He also hosts his own podcast called Off the Chain in which he continues the dialogue with key people in the space.

Wrapping it up

Of course, this is just a handful of the many crypto personalities that you should follow on Twitter. Who you decide to follow will depend on what coins you’re interested in, what projects you like, and whether you want to engage in the drama of frenzied tweetstorms or prefer to learn from more serious mentors.

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