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Polkadot [DOT]: Does a decline on this front mean a decline on that front

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Polkadot, which had a high development activity for quite some time, saw a decline in the same recently. Along with that, there has also been a dip in DOT’s social media presence as well.

Is the decline in development activity just a bump on the road? Or are there more factors that investors need to look into before getting into $DOT?

Connect the dots here

As can be seen from the chart attached below, Polkadot (DOT) observed a massive decline in development activity over the past week. Polkadot, which had been outperforming multiple tokens in terms of development activity in the past, has seen the same almost grind to a halt now. 

Source: Santiment

This decline in activity could imply that developers contributing to DOT’s Github have reduced significantly. Potentially, this decline in developer activity could be perceived negatively by investors. However, there are other causes of concern as well.

There has been a decline in Polkadot’s social media presence over the last few days. For instance, Polkadot’s social engagements have depreciated by 12.3% over the past month.

According to Santiment, Polkadot’s social volume has fallen consistently. Along with that, Polkadot’s weighted sentiment has gone way below 0 over the past few days, indicating that there is a lot of negative sentiment surrounding the token at the moment.

Source: Santiment

The declining social volume and the negative sentiment could have bearish effects on DOT’s price going into the future.

Looking at the bright side

Despite all the bearish signals, however, Polkadot did see some growth in the NFT department. Polkadot’s NFT volume has been growing consistently over the past month. The volume has gone from $363,270  on the 26th of August all the way to $1.62 million on the 24th of September.

Source: Santiment

Another positive for Polkadot is the increasing number of collaborations that they are a part of. On 23 September, Tether, a stablecoin company, announced that it will be launching its stablecoin USDT on Polkadot’s platform. This move would further legitimize Polkadot’s operations and provide Polkadot with a stable currency to move in and out of the network. 

Polkadot has also integrated Chainlink, onto their network, so that projects on Polkadot can use Chainlink’s data price feed to source off-chain data for their DeFi protocols.

Even though Polkadot’s multiple collaborations signify positive long-term growth for DOT, readers should keep in mind that DOT’s prices could be affected negatively in the short-term.

Thanks to declining volume, which has depreciated by 80.52% over the past week, and a declining marketcap, it seems that Polkadot’s price wouldn’t be recovering any time soon.

Readers are advised to do their research to get a clearer understanding of what DOT’s future is going to look like.


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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