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Investors bearish on Solana [SOL] as continued outages stem momentum

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Investors bearish on Solana [SOL] as continued outages stem momentum

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  • Since the outage on 25 February, Solana dropped by over 3% until press time.
  • A Twitter user pointed out that the repeated outages could be due to a design flaw.

According to a tweet by Santiment, Solana’s [SOL] social volume reached a six-month high after the chain was hit by yet another network outage recently. Moreover, significant FUD gripped the community even as words like ‘concern’ and ‘outage’ were frequently used in tandem with SOL in recent days.


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Santiment added that disruptions like these have triggered panic selling in the past. But should SOL holders be worried?

Outages are not helping SOL’s cause

Since the outage on 25 February, Solana dropped by 3% until press time, data from CoinMarketCap revealed. SOL’s drag was more prominent over the last seven days, during which it declined by 11%.

A look at Santiment’s data showed that the trading volume diminished significantly, a 65% drop since the weekly peak on 20 February.

The dip in trading activity could be due to declining investor sentiment, which was deep into the negative territory at the time of writing. On the other hand, the development activity rose sharply, indicating that developers were continuously polishing and upgrading network features.

Source: Santiment

According to Coinglass, the number of long positions for Solana was less than short positions, implying that bulls were averse to betting on the coin. The Longs/Short Ratio steadily declined over the last 10 days.

Source: Coinglass

SOL’s Open Interest (OI) declined and matched the trajectory of its price, per data from Coinalyze. A declining OI in a falling market was a bearish signal as more long-term holders were liquidating their positions.

Source: Coinalyze

Realistic or not, here’s SOL’s market cap in BTC’s terms

Solana’s tainted history

Solana suffered its first major network outage of 2023 in the last week, which lasted for nearly 20 hours.

But tech disruptions for Solana aren’t a new phenomenon. It was hit by several network outages in 2022 as well. In an interview, Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko termed network outages as Solana’s curse. Most network outages were caused after validators struggled to process transaction loads during peak hours.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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