The @Bitcoin Twitter account is a prime piece of crypto real estate. With 667,000 followers, it is more popular than any other cryptocurrency account on Twitter by a considerable margin. When @Bitcoin tweets, its message is carried far and wide. But lately, the operator of the account has begun tweeting a preponderance of stories about bitcoin cash, some of which originated on news.Bitcoin.com. This move has led to accusations from high profile bitcoiners that the @Bitcoin domain is now under the control of Bitcoin.com.
The Enigma Behind the @Bitcoin Name
The @Bitcoin Twitter account was registered on 17 August 2011 and has gone on to send over 19,000 tweets. In recent years, the account’s operator seems to have had more pressing real-world matters to attend; throughout 2017 @Bitcoin did little more than retweet Coindesk’s price updates. Then, following a lengthy hiatus, the account began regularly tweeting again on January 2, with many of the stories it shared emanating from news.Bitcoin.com.
Be it a New Year’s resolution or simply a desire to re-engage with all things bitcoin, the account’s owner seems to have fallen back in love with crypto. Rather than being welcomed back into the fold like a prodigal son, @Bitcoin has attracted ire from prominent bitcoiners, including Bitgo’s Jameson Lopp, for expressing support for bitcoin cash. Users of Reddit’s r/bitcoin, a forum known for its pro-censorship attitude, predictably urged users to “report” the account, as if tweeting about a certain version of bitcoin was somehow in breach of Twitter’s rules.