After the Bitfinex-Tether fiasco rocked the cryptocurrency market late last month, the trading volume of Bitcoin to the top stablecoin dipped slightly. However, given the larger picture, it held firm. In light of the collective market upheaval, BTC-USDT trading volume rose by over $1.2 million.
The same was pointed out by CryptoCompare’s exchange review for the month of April, which also detailed Bitcoin trading in fiat and stablecoins. Tether [USDT] topped the list, followed by the top fiat currency, the US Dollar [USD], with the three prominent fiat currencies of Japan, the European Union and South Korea making the top-5.
Bitcoin to USDT took 78.9 percent of the total volume of both fiat and stablecoins, amassing a total of 10.3 million. Despite the absolute value increasing by $1.4 million from March’s total of 8.9 million BTCs, the market share dropped by 2.8 percent. Tether held 81.7 percent of the market in the previous month.
However, when the months of January and February are put into context, the numbers paint a telling tale. Back in February, the USDT share was 70 percent of the market, with the volume at 6.23 million BTCs, albeit in a recovering market. In the first month of the year, Tether represented 65 percent of the market, with the December 2018 and November 2018 figures pegged at 63.7 percent and 54.9 percent, respectively.
Given the past figures, Tether’s market share has been on a consistent rise since November 2018, when the peak of the crypto-winter materialized, peaking at 81.7 percent in March. The performance for the month of April was the first time in over 6 months that the market share of BTC to fiat or stablecoins dropped on a month-on-month basis.
It should be noted that the New York AG’s report which accused Bitfinex of covering up their undisclosed losses of $850 million using Tether reserves was released on April 25. Most of the BTC-USDT trading activity analyzed by the report had already transpired. Hence, the bad-rep faced by Tether in the community, something that may have had a spillover effect into May, is not reflected in the report.
Unsurprisingly, USDT held the top spot when BTC trading into top stablecoins is looked at, accounting for 97.9 percent of the market and dropping below 98 percent for the first time in two months. Other top stablecoins on the list are Paxos Standard [PAX], USD Coin [USDC], and TrueUSD [TUSD].
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XRP TipBot comes back online after a tiny downtime; Nothing to be worried about, says Wietse Wind
XRP TipBot’s website and the corresponding application suffered a downtime on June 23, 2019 for a few hours, during which the application wasn’t showing the balance of users. The website and the API for TipBot instead, displayed a “500 Internal Error.”
A Twitter user, @BlueNETGaming, tweeted Wietse Wind, inquiring the same. Wind confirmed that it was just an “infrastructure blip,” and that there was nothing to be worried about.
Oops! Sorry! Infrastructure blip. Really easy fix but I enjoyed an offline afternoon with my girls 😇 So I only found out after some time, when I checked my phone. Monitoring, messages, calls 😇 Social media tips went through during the downtime. Sorry! 😆
— Wietse Wind (@WietseWind) June 23, 2019
XRP TipBot is probably the first and most widely accepted use-case of XRP. It leverages the transaction settling time of XRP Ledger to make tipping easy among peers on Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms, and this was the brainchild of developer Wietse Wind.
After TipBot, a lot of other cryptocurrencies have tried to mimic this idea of facilitating tipping; an example being Bitcoin’s, Tippin.Me which leveraged Lightning Network for tipping users. Although successful, it isn’t as popular as Wind’s TipBot.
The reason behind the same is that XRP Ledger allows transaction settlement in under 5 seconds, which makes tipping fast and efficient, unlike Bitcoin’s transactions which take a few minutes for transactions to be confirmed.
This is same reason why XRP is being used as a liquidity provider for cross-border payments in Ripple’s proprietary product, xRapid.
XRP community is a tightly-knit community with people who are very bullish about XRP’s success. There are equally talented developers in the community who are developing apps that help create more use-cases for XRP.
SchlaubiDev is one such developer known for developing plugins for Gmail and Microsoft Office, plugins that allow a user to send XRP over e-mails.
Ripple has identified Wind and his team’s talent and inducted them into Xpring, which finances them to help develop more community-based apps for increasing XRP use-cases.
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