Dogecoin (DOGE)

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Dogecoin
Dogecoin Logo.jpg
Founded 2013
Key People Jackson Palmer
Employees Approx. 10
Products Dogecoin digital assets (DOGE)
Twitter @dogecoin
StockTwits DOGE
LinkedIn Profile
Facebook OfficialDogecoin
Website Dogecoin Home

Dogecoin (DOGE) is a cryptocurrency based on an Internet meme of a shiba inu dog speaking excitedly in broken English.[1]

Background

Dogecoin began as a fork of Litecoin.[2] It was created in 2013 by Jackson Palmer, a product manager at Adobe.[3] Palmer created Dogecoin as a joke, and considers himself a "cryptocurrency bear." He does not currently have a large role in the management of the Dogecoin project and has expressed that he prefers it that way.[4]

In January 2018, Dogecoin's market cap briefly exceeded $2 billion, making it the most successful "parody" altcoin to date.[5]

Internet meme becomes successful cryptocurrency

Despite the light-hearted circumstances of its creation, Dogecoin endured, becoming one of the most surprisingly popular cryptocurrencies on the market. On May 1, 2019, Siddharth Coelho-Prabhu posted on Coinbase's blog that the exchange added Dogecoin support for the Coinbase wallet.[6] Fans of the canine meme-themed cryptocurrency rejoiced, seeing it as a legitimizing move. On July 5, 2019, Binance announced it would add trading support for Dogecoin later that day. In response to the news, the price of Dogecoin spiked almost 32 percent, according to data from Coindesk.[7][8] In October 2019, Dogecoin was listed on Binance U.S.[9]

Tik Tok videos cause DOGE volume spike

In July 2020, trading volumes for DOGE spiked 600 percent between July 6 and July 7. The surge in trading was apparently due to a series of user-made videos on the popular video app Tik Tok, which encouraged other users to invest in the “joke” cryptocurrency. Global searches for “how to buy dogecoin” quadrupled, according to data from Google Trends.[10][11]

Dogecoin surges over 500 percent

During the week of January 25, 2021, Dogecoin surged as users on the Reddit thread “SatoshiStreetBets” enthusiastically agreed to buy the cryptocurrency to drive its price up, surging over 500 percent between Wednesday and Friday, which was boosted when billionaire Elon Musk tweeted about it. Users on Reddit joked that Dogecoin is “the first dog on the moon."[12][13][14] This brought it into the top 10 cryptocurrencies in the world by market cap.[15]

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