Twitter users are trying to gain followers using promises of Bitcoin giveaways.
As the Bitcoin bull run continues unabated, social media is rife with commentary, news and memes.
Like plucky investors looking to get in on the action, some Twitter users are using the #Bitcoin hashtag to boost their following and interaction.
While looking out for prominent influencers advice and opinion on the looming CBOE Bitcoin futures launch this weekend, a swathe of Twitter users were sharing similar posts promising Bitcoin for retweets and follows.
i bought 40,000 Bitcoin for $40 in 2010, and as you probably know, it boomed. i am well off nowadays so to spread the wealth, i will give 1 bitcoin to 28 lucky people who retweet this. #Bitcoin #ImRich
— Brett astor (@brettastor7) December 8, 2017
Some Twitter users were getting well over a thousand retweets for their ridiculous claims.
I️ Am Not Telling Anyone How Much Bitcoin I️ Have Or When I️ Got I️t….. But Since Everyone Else Is Doing I️t , So Will I️. I️ Will Pick 3 People Who Retweet This And Send Them A Bitcoin On Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas #bitcoin
— Dylan Palacio (@greentoepalacio) December 8, 2017
This clever user noted the trend – and promised to give absolutely nothing away.
In 2012 I picked up no bitcoin. I was mostly drinking beer at the time and didn’t even realize what I wasn’t buying. Because of this I have decided to give 10 lucky people who RT this absolutely nothing.
— CervezaPicks (@CervezaPicks) December 8, 2017
Another user offered some sage advice:
Guys, no-one who bought bitcoin for cheap is going to give it away now. Stop re-tweeting this garbage, have more respect for yourself…
— RooiRobot (@RooiRobot) December 8, 2017
Riding the wave
What this amusing and somewhat annoying trend proves is that a lot of people are trying to get as much as they can out of the trending Bitcoin status.
This goes for social media and the actual Bitcoin markets, as people clamor to get on the runaway train. The next two weeks will be especially telling for the cryptocurrency space, as futures are introduced to the market for the first time.
Expect the Twitter trolls to keep on troll-lol-ing for the foreseeable future.
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Author: Gareth Jenkinson