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Solana [SOL] lets the dog out; Is this a winning chapter in making?

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  • BONK-powered bullish rally took Solana out of negativity.
  • SOL saw a jump in DeFi activity, while NFT volumes dipped.

Dog-themed token Bonk [BONK] gave the Solana [SOL] community more reasons to celebrate as it announced the formation of BonkDAO on 14 January. The team behind BONK looked to capitalize on the buzz as it became the first memecoin in the SOL ecosystem.


In its one-pager, BONK stated that they wished to shift the focus away from ‘toxic Alameda tokenomics’, which plagued Solana throughout the latter half of 2022. And boy, they didn’t disappoint!

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Solana starts a new rally?

As per CoinMarketCap, SOL soared by 40% at press time to trade at $23.48, its highest price in over two months. The bullish momentum looked set to push the price to pre-FTX levels. 

This was in sharp contrast to SOL’s downward spiral after the FTX debacle, during which it dropped below $10, its worst performance in two years. The network got a lot of bad press because of its links with disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, which contributed to the negative sentiment.

The heavy lifting undoubtedly has been done by BONK, which has caught the attention of memecoin enthusiasts. Consequently, BONK’s market capitalization hit over $60 million at press time.

According to data from Dune Analytics, the number of users has exploded since the beginning of the year with more than 100k cumulative BONK wallets recorded at press time. 

Source: Dune Analytics

DeFi activity picks up

BONK’s impetus led to a jump in SOL’s Defi activity. As per data from DefiLlama, the number of protocols on the Solana chain increased by 13% over the previous day, even more than other networks like Ethereum [ETH] and Tron [TRX]. The total value locked (TVL) on the network also shot up by 11%. 

Source: DefiLlama

However, SOL’s NFT trade volume tapered down, which went against the trajectory of price, per data from Santiment. After hitting $1.21 million on 12 January, it halved on the next day and progressively reduced until press time. The social dominance exhibited the same behavior. 

Source: Santiment

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However, SOL investors may want to put this short-term dip behind their backs and bet on BONK’s popularity in the coming days. Anyway, memecoins have a history of cashing on the perceived popularity among community members.


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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