Whether you love crypto influencers or hate them, the fast-moving cryptocurrency market is closely linked to the Twittersphere, with thousands of industry players and market makers posting advice, revealing scams and scandals, tossing insults and pumping shitcoins on the ubiquitous social platform.
In this guide, we’ll highlight some influential crypto influencers’ Twitter accounts, and provide a short summary of the kind of content they frequently post. We’ll update it frequently, and we’re always open to suggestions – DM us @crypto_briefing
Vitalik Buterin is the co-founder behind the Ethereum blockchain, and has been named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Buterin doesn’t really need an introduction— but it’s clear that he’s definitely worth following on Twitter. The “boy genius” of Ethereum habitually posts on Twitter, and isn’t afraid to call out fraudulent platforms or highlight issues present within the blockchain ecosystem.
Reminder: cryptocurrencies are still a new and hyper-volatile asset class, and could drop to near-zero at any time. Don’t put in more money than you can afford to lose. If you’re trying to figure out where to store your life savings, traditional assets are still your safest bet.
— Vitalik Buterin (@VitalikButerin) February 17, 2018
Charlie Lee is the mind behind Litecoin, one of the main competitors to Bitcoin. As the ex-director of engineering at Coinbase, Lee has a lot to say about the ongoing technological evolution of the blockchain ecosystem and delivers excellent detailed insight into hard forks and other complex issues. Lee is also known for is acerbic humor when commenting on industry detractors.
I’ve been in cryptocurrency for 7 years. There’s a FUD every year for why Bitcoin is dead:
2011 MtGox hacked
2012 Pirateat40 ponzi implodes
2013 China bans Bitcoin
2014 MtGox insolvent
2015 Silkroad shuts down
2016 Bitfinex hacked
2017 Ethereum Flippening
2018 Bcash is Bitcoin
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) February 14, 2018
The Wolf of Poloniex
The Wolf of Poloniex offers nothing in the way of informative industry commentary, but is definitely worth a follow for the laughs he delivers, crying “EXIT ALL MARKETS” at the slightest dip. The man behind the Wolf operates a private trading advice group called the “Wolf Pack”, charging a 0.1 BTC fee for entry.
While the Wolf’s trading advice may be questionable, his Jordan Belfort-esque commentary on the cryptocurrency market and cynical, dramatic stabs at other crypto Twitter personalities are a refreshing addition to any crypto Twitter feed. If it’s fun and fury you’re after, he’s one of the top crypto influencers out there.
A simple chart doesn’t mean it’s wrong. You want me to put some swirls, more arrows, a fib retracement and make them all colorful for you?
Here you go… maybe that’ll curb your enthusiasm. pic.twitter.com/hpSFm3EMwC
— The Wolf (@WolfOfPoloniex) February 17, 2018
Alex Sunnarborg is the second ex-Coinbase employee on this list, working as a research analyst for the platform until founding Tetras Capital, a blockchain-focused hedge fund. Sunnarborg delivers a steady stream of feature interviews, market prediction, and detailed charts that are worth adding to your Twitter feed.
Over ¾ of a billion $ of Tether (USDT) have now been created
Up over 75x YTD & 6x from 6 months ago
Insane recent creation rate & magnitude pic.twitter.com/VoxCJzDv4N
— Alex Sunnarborg (@alexsunnarborg) November 29, 2017
Bogart was one of the first Wall Street venture capitalists to break into the cryptocurrency market, and frequently posts scathing criticism of mainstream media FUD alongside insightful market observations. Spencer is, however, a prolific retweeter, sometimes spamming random alts or other less-than interesting information. Despite this, Bogart is definitely worth following for the quality of his self-published posts.
It’s going to be a rough decade for the crowd that keeps hoping Bitcoin will die…
— Spencer Bogart (@CremeDeLaCrypto) January 17, 2018
Roger Ver is another unique character in the blockchain ecosystem, and is known for being somewhat evangelical regarding Bitcoin Cash. Public sentiment towards Ver is decidedly mixed, but if you’re interested in reading frequent criticisms of Bitcoin and gaining perspective on the argument in favor of Bitcoin Cash, Ver is worth following.
BCH is what BTC used to be.
The current BTC is something I am not bullish on.
It is slow, expensive to use, and unreliable for transactions by the intentional design of current BTC supporters.
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) February 11, 2018
Andresen is one of the giants of the Bitcoin scene. In the early days of the project Andresen was the lead developer that took over the Bitcoin project from Satoshi Nakamoto, and has been referred to as the “man who really built Bitcoin”.
If you’re interested in the antithesis of Roger Ver and want to find frequent and loud bullish calls in your Twitter feed, Andresen is your man. He’s also good for some decent advice every now and again.
If you have a lot, use:
Paper wallets in a safe deposit box
Multisig wallet (eg Copay)
Coinbase Vault https://t.co/4Sc4za6hUn
— Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen) January 28, 2018
Jameson Lopp is an experienced security consultant with Bitgo, and is a strong source of philosophical and political discourse regarding the blockchain revolution. If you’re not interested in pseudo-political diatribes on state monopolies peppered with a dash of technical insight, however, don’t follow.
Welcome to Bitcoin, newcomers! Here’s your FAQ:
Q: Who should I trust?
Q: When should I sell?
Q: Is Bitcoin dying because ____?
Q: What have I gotten myself into?
A: Nobody knows.
Q: How do I learn more?
— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) November 19, 2017
Alvin Lee is a self-styled “veteran crypto trader”, and has been running the Aluna Cryptocurrency & Trading blogspot for years. Like Spencer Bogart, Lee is guilty of constant retweeting, but the posts he does make on occasion— paired with the content drawn from his Blogspot— make him a worthwhile addition to any crypto Twitter feed.
— Prof. Aluna Lee ⚡ (@onemanatatime) February 18, 2018
McAfee. The man. The legend. Best known for playing Russian roulette with WIRED reporters, shooting up his house while naked during an alleged Belizean assassination attempt, famously promising to “eat his own dick on national television” if Bitcoin doesn’t hit $500,000 per coin by 2020, and pumping any shitcoin under the sun for the right fee, John McAfee is a must-follow for any crypto enthusiast. Plus, he really looks like Al Pacino, these days.
if not, I will eat my dick on national television.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 17, 2017