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Question: Is Bitcoin Viral yet or will it be?
Bitcoin is already Viral - 69 (29.7%)
Bitcoin will go Viral - 140 (60.3%)
Bitcoin will not go Viral - 23 (9.9%)
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May 23, 2013, 10:08:10 AM
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I've noticed that since the first couple of things that went viral (think "Charlie bit my finger") nothing on the net has really "gone viral" because of censorship.

One of the last video's on YouTube that I remember going really Viral was called "the YouTube Dictatorship by DireBoris... it had millions of views very quickly and he was accused of using bots... yeah right lol... I was one of them.

over the next few months his channel got progressively harder to find in search results despite using his exact name... then 3 months later his account was deleted by YouTube.

This kind of censorship really sux... and YouTube has become such a pathetic add driven machine, it's impossible to really have "viral content"

This is where Bitcoin comes in... is it possible that this will be the first thing to really "Go Viral" in a decade? is it possible that our collective consciousness has actually forgotten what "Viral" looks like because it's been so long?

I'm going to answer this poll by saying "bitcoins will go viral" but I'm going to allow people to change there answers to this poll so that over time we can see if there is eventually a consensus that we have really achieved "Viral" status.

Any comments in support of your answers or related discussion is welcome Smiley

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May 23, 2013, 10:16:09 AM
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When considering relative scale, universal worldwide adoption will look slow, like a galaxy moving through space. Galaxies move pretty darn fast, though.

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May 23, 2013, 10:22:28 AM
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Bitcoin is subject to what we business theory calls "positive network effects". It has the exact same nature as Facebook, which also is highly subject to those effects.

So yes, when it hits a big enough group using Bitcoins and there is a huge incentive to use it (let's face it, currently there is not for most people), it will have a growth curve like Facebook and similar services and "go viral".

The problem is the incentive to use it: Most people are quite happy with their credit card and cash.


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May 23, 2013, 10:35:40 AM
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I've noticed that since the first couple of things that went viral (think "Charlie bit my finger") nothing on the net has really "gone viral" because of censorship.

One of the last video's on YouTube that I remember going really Viral was called "the YouTube Dictatorship by DireBoris... it had millions of views very quickly and he was accused of using bots... yeah right lol... I was one of them.

over the next few months his channel got progressively harder to find in search results despite using his exact name... then 3 months later his account was deleted by YouTube.

This kind of censorship really sux... and YouTube has become such a pathetic add driven machine, it's impossible to really have "viral content"

This is where Bitcoin comes in... is it possible that this will be the first thing to really "Go Viral" in a decade? is it possible that our collective consciousness has actually forgotten what "Viral" looks like because it's been so long?

I'm going to answer this poll by saying "bitcoins will go viral" but I'm going to allow people to change there answers to this poll so that over time we can see if there is eventually a consensus that we have really achieved "Viral" status.

Any comments in support of your answers or related discussion is welcome Smiley

Why don't you start BitTube.com (well, that domain is taken, but...?)?  Sounds like you have some experience.

Integrate a bitcoin tipping mechanism like on reddit, and send invites to the YouTube content providers.  And get one of the bigger bitcoin ad providers on board.  I'd imagine that getting paid for ads plus getting tips plus no censorship would appeal to a lot of the content people.

You never know until you try...

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May 23, 2013, 03:39:48 PM
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Most sites don't censor because they want to; they censor because they will eventually be closed down if they don't. But...


What evidence do you have for this claim that self censorship is done out of fear? Does their submission to the threat of being closed down justify their use of censorship?

I would argue they have chosen a side.

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May 23, 2013, 05:56:29 PM
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I have observed that ribuck is defending the position of sites to give in to the fear of being shut down. While I'm not surprised that some Bitcoiners are still Statists, I hope to see less replies from Statists in the future.

"feel free to operate a truly uncensored site, and see how long it lasts" - this has the tone of someone who wants you try only because he expects you to be crushed by censorship.

I don't need to try... Satoshi is the Cyberchrist and his code will make everyone free Tongue

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May 23, 2013, 06:15:43 PM
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Please remember that facebook going viral means: people go on the website and register

For bitcoin it is entirely different, people must understand how bitcoin work, understand how to not lose them. Merchants need to setup their websites. Infrastructured need to be built. All of this takes time.
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May 23, 2013, 06:21:59 PM
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Exactly. Bitcoin will have an easier time becoming "viral" through middlee man services that let you interact with the coins when you want but don't require it (like BitPay).

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May 23, 2013, 07:32:39 PM
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May 23, 2013, 08:08:56 PM
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We're more popular than Bitcoin BTC now; I don't know which will go first
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May 23, 2013, 10:28:54 PM
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Bitcoin WILL go viral.
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May 24, 2013, 10:43:14 AM
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Wow some fantastic artwork guys Smiley I don't know if I was the first to coin the term Bitcoiner as I'm sure others will coin the term independantly. Bitcoiner has a nice ring to it and I especially like the art with the German... "I be a Bitcoiner" Smiley... Is that a correct translation?

All of the pics are inspiring... I love you Bitcoiners.

I'd love to see more photo's and creativity like this... also links to any songs that have a Bitcoin theme.

Here's one from ZhouTonged... I don't know the history... but I love the track

Enjoy


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pID03RrmKow

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May 24, 2013, 04:57:37 PM
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It's 1% viral

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May 24, 2013, 10:08:11 PM
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bitcoin is over 4 years old.

the term viral is where there is a sudden and unexpected growth.

eg.. medically a 24 hour bug which transmits person to person within hours
eg.. on youtube where something gets 100 hits, 300, 900, 2000, 6000, 18000, 54000, 162000 in a small space of time.
(also note "charlie bit me" is not as viral as gangnam style or kony2012, guess the OP missed those)

bitcoin is on a steady growth, which banking industry would consider more of a cancer then viral. taking month's/years to grow to a point that its effects become noticable. and then in some cases too late to keep under control.



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May 25, 2013, 10:10:08 AM
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I've noticed that since the first couple of things that went viral (think "Charlie bit my finger") nothing on the net has really "gone viral" because of censorship.


Holy crap!
I don't know where you get your internet from, but many many things went viral before "Charlie bit my finger" annd many many things went viral after "Charlie bit my finger".
Have you been living under a stone?

Anyway, who cares about viral shit? It's a waste of perfectly good neural real estate.
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May 25, 2013, 11:00:51 AM
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Right on,

The discovery of what unites our shared consciousness is surely the realm of dreams. Bitcoin? what is that. It means nothing. It cannot save us from the arm of righteousness that denies evil exists. Search alone I must, until others discover the glory of Satoshi. A true saint as long as we never know who he is?

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