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October 16, 2013, 01:01:12 AM
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Well Mrs Lustig

Oops i just noticed that she is actually a girl... And she is really interested in bitcoins! Imo thats a milestone.  Lips sealed

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October 16, 2013, 07:17:31 PM
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I think you are on to something interesting. In the three years I have been here I have watched several new waves of immigration. Initially it was hackers and math geeks giving way to fiscally political libertarians. More recently, serious investors have shown up. Using BTC as a financial instrument. Currently I see a lot of more mainstream Internet users arriving.
Each group has contributed something to the bitcoin culture that has evolved. I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

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October 16, 2013, 07:19:30 PM
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I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

The last time someone said that, Eternal September happened.
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October 16, 2013, 07:29:52 PM
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I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

The last time someone said that, Eternal September happened.
lol  Cheesy

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October 16, 2013, 08:57:17 PM
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Well Mrs Lustig (funny) i guess in the Bitcoin Community you will find people who are interested in technology or people who are interested in free money and free speach.For me a very interesting study,just suggestion,would be that media all over the world calls bitcoin "hacker money",that is obviously used for Platforms like Silkroad.The interesting thing is,last week US shot down Silkroad,a platform where hundreds of millions of dollar in bitcoins were used to trade.So if the theory would be right the bitcoin price must go down now,but in fact the price is rasing the last days

Oh yeah, I agree that it's an interesting issue.  I know a lot of people who predicted that bitcoin would go down a lot in price now that SR has been shut down.  But obviously that wasn't the case at all.  It's an interesting time for bitcoin for sure.

I'm a graduate student in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine.  I'm the studying bitcoin community.  Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my research!
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October 16, 2013, 09:05:23 PM
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Well Mrs Lustig

Oops i just noticed that she is actually a girl... And she is really interested in bitcoins! Imo thats a milestone.  Lips sealed

Lol, yes, I am actually female.  There definitely are other women interested in bitcoin, though!  I'm definitely not the only one Smiley

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October 16, 2013, 09:24:07 PM
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I think you are on to something interesting. In the three years I have been here I have watched several new waves of immigration. Initially it was hackers and math geeks giving way to fiscally political libertarians. More recently, serious investors have shown up. Using BTC as a financial instrument. Currently I see a lot of more mainstream Internet users arriving.
Each group has contributed something to the bitcoin culture that has evolved. I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

I primarily got interested in bitcoin because people I knew were into it, but as a computer science geek, I also thought it was pretty technically interesting.  I think this was probably during the second wave that you mentioned.

I'm curious what the future will bring for bitcoin as well!  I get the impression that there may be some mixed feelings about more mainstream internet users getting involved with bitcoin.

Could you elaborate a little on what you think the different waves have contributed to bitcoin culture?  Also, do you feel like people from the different waves interact together well?

(Feel free to PM me a response if you'd prefer to talk in private.  And of course, please don't feel obligated to respond if you don't want to answer my questions!)

I'm a graduate student in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine.  I'm the studying bitcoin community.  Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my research!
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October 16, 2013, 09:31:07 PM
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I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

The last time someone said that, Eternal September happened.

Hm, I wonder what the Eternal September would look like for bitcoin.  A lot of people coming into forums and asking for help getting started with bitcoin?

I'm a graduate student in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine.  I'm the studying bitcoin community.  Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my research!
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October 16, 2013, 09:34:32 PM
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I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

The last time someone said that, Eternal September happened.

Hm, I wonder what the Eternal September would look like for bitcoin.  A lot of people coming into forums and asking for help getting started with bitcoin?

More likely asking for handouts and trying Nigerian Prince level scams.
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October 16, 2013, 09:43:42 PM
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Why am I drawn to BitCoin? Well, I think it's something very interesting to follow and work with. It's quite easy to use once you get the hang of it and you can do quite a lot with it. I mean, within minutes I can send my money all around the world. No (ridiculous high fee's) or big risks. Just a push of a button and someone has it. You have freedom and nobody can (easily) seize your coins. BitCoins are truly yours and yours only (if you don't use a shared address).
I am also going to agree on gweedo's point. It's a great thing for younger people or people who cannot work for a real IT company (you know, because of those ridiculous requirements / school). They can just get paid in BitCoins and use that to pay for other stuff.
More and more things are being created for BitCoin and I have met a quite a lot awesome people during my journey and I intend to stick around for a little while longer.

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October 16, 2013, 11:10:49 PM
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cryptographic currency is a technical revolution. the internet was/is a technical revolution that changed our way of living only because we were able to store, send, share, search, collect information around the planet or with grandma. with bitcoin the internet will get geared up with something very powerfull = money. programmable money. so much way ahead of traditional banking, which roots in renaissance italy, and is by any means a slow, intransparent, expensive, arrogant monsterous/dinosaur style institution. you can send any sum, any time to anyone on the planet ( & grandma) who has internet access/smartphone for almost free, secure, fast, easy as an email with no possible institution, entity, government, office, company, etc.. being able to stop you doing so, since it is directly p2p.
it is the future, anyone can be his/her own bank. it is democratising banking and money and it is a large scale social experiment. some later internet eruptoins were about sharing music or social media which had impact. compare the impact of music to the impact of money in our modern life. literally the economy itself goes online, the monetized internet is a game changer.

great to see scientific research interested in bitcoin.

there is a community. and this forum is an important communication platform for the community. notably a forum of a lot of current or future wealthy folks. this will be funny.
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October 17, 2013, 06:30:45 AM
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Why am I drawn to BitCoin? Well, I think it's something very interesting to follow and work with. It's quite easy to use once you get the hang of it and you can do quite a lot with it.

I think that's the trick, right?  It's not actually very difficult to use but if you aren't very computer literate, it might be a little difficult or daunting.  But once you've got it down it's easy to use.

More and more things are being created for BitCoin and I have met a quite a lot awesome people during my journey and I intend to stick around for a little while longer.

Hm, so the social aspect is part of the appeal then for you?  Have you met any of these people offline or is this all online?

I'm a graduate student in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine.  I'm the studying bitcoin community.  Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my research!
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October 17, 2013, 07:01:57 AM
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cryptographic currency is a technical revolution. the internet was/is a technical revolution that changed our way of living only because we were able to store, send, share, search, collect information around the planet or with grandma. with bitcoin the internet will get geared up with something very powerfull = money. programmable money. so much way ahead of traditional banking, which roots in renaissance italy, and is by any means a slow, intransparent, expensive, arrogant monsterous/dinosaur style institution. you can send any sum, any time to anyone on the planet ( & grandma) who has internet access/smartphone for almost free, secure, fast, easy as an email with no possible institution, entity, government, office, company, etc.. being able to stop you doing so, since it is directly p2p.
it is the future, anyone can be his/her own bank. it is democratising banking and money and it is a large scale social experiment. some later internet eruptoins were about sharing music or social media which had impact. compare the impact of music to the impact of money in our modern life. literally the economy itself goes online, the monetized internet is a game changer.

great to see scientific research interested in bitcoin.

there is a community. and this forum is an important communication platform for the community. notably a forum of a lot of current or future wealthy folks. this will be funny.


Thanks for the input!

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October 18, 2013, 04:02:53 AM
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I can't wait to see who is coming next. 

The last time someone said that, Eternal September happened.

Hm, I wonder what the Eternal September would look like for bitcoin.  A lot of people coming into forums and asking for help getting started with bitcoin?

Already happened.

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October 21, 2013, 12:10:57 AM
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Hi everyone,

I want to introduce myself: my name is Caitie Lustig and I am a graduate student in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine.  I am just beginning my research on the bitcoin community and am excited to be a member of this forum.  It seems like there's a lot of research about the bitcoin community that's been focused on the technical aspects of bitcoin but not the community aspect, and there's been a lot of news articles about bitcoin that are a bit sensationalist.

So, I want to do something different.  I really want to learn from you guys about what's actually happening in the community and why you're drawn to bitcoin.  I really want to hear your stories and what you like about it.

Anyway, I'll also be making another post in the next day or two that links to my survey about bitcoin.  It's for the first part of my research project and if you have a chance to fill it out, it'll help me a lot.

Looking forward to getting to know all of you here Smiley
Hi Caitie, welcome to our community! I think for many of us, it is a combination of honest money and speculation..... because, after all, when you realize your fiat money is worth less and less, and bitcoin is worth more and more..... well, that's a big draw for bitcoin! Anyway, welcome!  Smiley

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October 21, 2013, 06:01:52 PM
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Hey, good luck with your studies. This comunity is full of people that love technology but also of people that want free money...
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