170929 BitListen

During a heated discussion with some Bitcoin newbies, I pulled up a website to help them visualize Bitcoin’s popularity. There are many sites clever programmers have created using the publicly accessible Bitcoin data that make the data stream visual.  Check out http://www.bitlisten.com.  Wow.  I love the sound.  Each Bitcoin transaction is represented by a bubble proportional in size to the amount of Bitcoin being exchanged, with a musical tone which also responds to the sum of the transaction.  The larger the number, the deeper the sound.  It’s very impressive to watch the size and frequency of the Bitcoin transactions, live, in real-time.

It reminds me of a story Elon Musk told when he was involved in creating Paypal.  Someone in his office set up a computer which would chime every time a new Paypal member joined.  In the beginning, it was a beep, here and there, every once in a long while.  As Paypal got more and more popular the beeps started coming more and more regularly.  After a while, it was almost a continuous bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, bing. That is already what BitListen sounds like.  Check it out.

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