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Here’s how a Shiba Inu puppy helped these altcoins grab eyeballs

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With each passing day, the “Dogefather’s” family is growing – and becoming harder for crypto analysts and creators to ignore.

On 4 October, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk posted a picture of a Shiba Inu puppy basking in the sun while on a Tesla car. He captioned it “Floki Frunkpuppy.”

The usual rumors swirled about: could Tesla soon accept Dogecoin or any of the related dog-themed meme coins as payment? However, one thing was certain: the price of several alt coins did see a jump.

Howl the market be affected?

The original meme coin [DOGE] has spawned a collection of other cryptocurrencies that are highly vulnerable to “the Musk effect.”

Crypto influencer Mr. Whale pointed out that after Twitter met Musk’s puppy, the Shibu Inu [SHIB] token saw a rise of more than 85%. This helped the token hit its highest price since around May.

The link between the two events was so surreal that even Dogecoin creator Billy Markus couldn’t resist a sarcastic comment.

Closer to home, the Floki Inu token [FLOKI] saw a rise in price, albeit with a lot of fluctuation. FLOKI’s more impressive rally came around 13 September, when Musk had posted a photo of another “Floki” puppy.

Meanwhile, the Shiba Floki [FLOKI] token also saw surging prices around the times Musk posted a puppy photo.

‘Ultimutt’ motives

Is it all just a rush of love for man’s best friend? Maybe not. New cryptocurrencies are well aware that aligning themselves with Dogecoin and grabbing Musk’s attention can trigger huge amounts of attention and activity. This is useful to quickly get listed on crypto exchanges.

For example, Floki Inu’s Whitepaper described it as an “Elon Musk Inspired meme token.”

Meanwhile, Shiba Floki’s Whitepaper stated,

“But progress is being made – and a succinct comment from Elon Musk has ignited enthusiasm around this new project dedicated to dogs.”

Throw Shiba Inu into the mix and one might argue that some confusion is also part of the hype.

Doge it make sense?

The number of unique network addresses for the Shiba Inu token did see a jump from 672,681 on 1 October to 676,792 on 4 October. However, this didn’t particularly stand out when looking at a larger time frame.

Furthermore, the price of Dogecoin also saw a small spike. It’s worth noting here that Billy Markus voiced his approval of Musks’ latest puppy photo.

Finally, Musk’s puppy inspired a new token itself: the FlokiFrunkPuppy [FLOKIFRUNKPUPPY] token with its own Whitepaper. At press time, its price was $$0.00000009206. The total supply was 10 trillion.


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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