A beginners guide on where to discuss Bitcoin

If there’s no internet, there’s no Bitcoin. Out of all the conversations that revolve around the first cryptocurrency, most of it happens online through direct interactions among novice users, hodlers, developers and businesses. Since Bitcoin’s inception, online discussions have played a crucial role in turning a dream of independent finance into a reality, one that is a direct alternative to the existing banking institutions.

Here are some popular social websites and platforms in no particular order: 

Bitcointalk — Founded by Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto, it is the oldest active Bitcoin forum. It is the birthplace of the most historical conversations and ideas shared by the founder(s) and people involved in developing the blockchain-based independent financial system. The forum is also widely used to find Bitcoin-related meetups around the world. 

Twitter — If you really want to feel the heat of the Bitcoin explosion, this is the place to be. Twitter currently stands as the biggest platform for crypto enthusiasts around the world. It allows the general public to directly interact with crypto leaders and fintech innovators. However, considering social media’s vast reach, unsuspecting investors from across the globe continue to be targeted by scammers who are currently present on Crypto Twitter.

Bitcoin Garden Forum — This is currently one the most active forums dedicated to discussions around cryptocurrency. The platform provides a number of sub-sections dedicated to different use cases of Bitcoin and altcoins, ranging from entertainment to adoption to blockchain refinement.

Reddit — Giving credit where credit is due, Reddit has been one of the central hubs to the Bitcoin community. The most popular subreddit in this regard is r/Bitcoin. Similar to Twitter, this platform is a source of the latest happenings and news for crypto and crypto-related topics. Moreover, memes are a big part of this community, so if you’re a fan of them, look no further than to the crypto communities of Reddit. You can also join our subreddit, r/Cointelegraph, to be a part of the crypto revolution. Some of the other prominent subreddits include r/bitcoin_uncensored, r/BitcoinBeginners, r/CryptoMarkets and r/BitcoinMarkets, to name a few.

Telegram — Given the messaging platform’s stance on the privacy of user information and chat data, the crypto community has accepted it as one of the main mediums of peer-to-peer communication. This has resulted in the rise of main groups or channels within the messaging app that is dedicated to discussing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While some groups may be accessible through invitations only, there is a large selection of public groups and channels that allow users to join in on the conversation. Feel free to join Cointelegraph’s Telegram channel among other active channels such as Bitcoin and BTC Champ. 

Social trading platforms — These platforms are targeted mainly at people who are all-in on the idea of investing in cryptocurrency. Social trading platforms enable serious investors to collectively weigh in on the risks and rewards based on market trends. For example, Cointelegraph’s Markets Pro provides users with a unique set of tools that assist them when trading cryptocurrencies, but at the same time, it also provides a platform to discuss the latest events and price movements.

Events and conferences — Although the Bitcoin ecosystem evidently prefers online spaces for socializing, the community boasts a strong offline presence through annual meet-ups, conferences and parties. While these events have remained fairly inaccessible to a vast majority of the population due to geographical distances, the number of events dedicated to Bitcoin, both online and offline, has been on a steep rise.

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