Hrmmmm.....as mentioned previously the usability problems remain until the client is at a stage where the public will embraced it.
Also:The Comprehension Gap
Watch all the troll videos on youtube and one thing quickly becomes clear - People do not have a comprehension of bitcoin as a publicly shared and verified cryptological ledger! These people don't have a fucking clue!
Now you can get all up on your high horse and call em stupid, but the fact is that we still haven't communicated the nature of our technology here in simple terms that the every day layman can understand, and as long as this is the case, Bitcoin will remain a divisive subject which does absolutely nothing for the further of bitcoin!
Before we go selling a product, how about first we document and explain just what the hell we are selling!
Pfft, Sales guys.....Operations FTW!
So your saying we need a trusted famous person to make a statement about how they use and trust bitcoin? I vote for Remi Gaillard and LulzSec! and maby Notch... Gabe...hmmm who else? BENDER!
edit: i found a real tool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko5lOc4nsac
please ban him from life...
No, I didn't say anything about a famous person.
I am saying that the underlying fundamentals of how the system actually works is not being communicated in a clear and concise manner that *everyone* can understand.
If you look at most of the anti-bitcoin videos it quickly becomes clear that these people think bitcoins exist as some kind of unit that can be pushed around when in fact the system works as a public record that recognizes what quantity you possess based on your public key and only verifies your right to spend on the basis of your private key.If we can't communicate the exact nature of what we are advocating, then what the fuck is the point of advocacy in the first place!
The video that explains bitcoin on weusecoins, briefly touches of this by explaining the signing of bitcoins to your recipients address, but doesn't go far enough.
Put it this way, Toyota don't simply sell the Prius as just a car, they sell it as a hybrid petrol/electric car that stores energy for driving as you drive with resulting higher mileage. Apple don't sell the iPhone as just a phone, they show you it's workings to communicate how it will empower you and yet still manage to keep it simple.
This is how it is, we either get our message straight and market it as such.
Or we don't, the potential user never gets it, and as a result we are worse off for it. We can only achieve mass market penetration by having it possible that people can share the idea in simple communicable terms meaning that our revolutionary technology can become viral in everyday conversation.......or bitcoin can remain the currency of early adopters and geeks.