Here's Why Bitcoin And Other Cryptos Have Thrived
Everyone is all smiles about the recent price hike and is now greedily expecting Steem to go over $3, while diversifying their portfolio with a bit of Bitcoin, ZCash and Etherium. It's the cryptoparadise, baby!
And certainly there were people who were discouraged and flung brown handfuls at the Steemit developers, claiming that printing money out of nothing will devalue the currency. Indeed, Steem did devalue, while Bitcoin's price kept going up.
But everyone seems to have forgotten that.
Now, everyone is holding hands, singing songs of Steemit's success as a social media, and praising the developers for being right about this whole experiment, which involved millions of man hours, invested by people from around the world. Steemit must be going in the right direction, right?
Steemit is going in the same direction it did several months ago - be it right or wrong. Nothing has changed, as far as our social media is concerned. There's still no logical financial explanation why hundreds of thousands of people posting online would get paid handsomely, even if their content was unique - and let's face it, most Steemians right now simply copy paste content from the web.
But why did the price of Steem go up, then?
Wannacry Screnshot. Image from Wikipedia.
WannaCry ransomware went viral on the 12th of May, at least according to Wikipedia. Certainly there were infected computers before that and much more after that. Coincidentally, the price of Bitcoin, Etherium, ZCash and Steem began its definitive upwards movement around this date.
The relation is simple. The developers of WannaCry demanded Bitcoin to decrypt hijacked personal data. People bought Bitcoin to get their files back. And as we all know, the less there is of a product (Bitcoin in our case), the higher its price.
Countries Affected By WannaCry Ransomware. Image labeled for reuse.
But why did other currencies appreciate alongside Bitcoin? Imagine you are the crook behind WannaCry - you get Bitcoins, but their typical transactions are easily tracked. In order to hide the trail, Bitcoins need to be exchanged by as many services as possible, using as many different IP addresses available. Buying alternative cryptocurrencies is part of this process - one of which is Steem. And, as we already know, the less of a product there is (the higher its demand), the higher its value.
If I have to answer the question in everyone's mind, "Will Steem continue going up?", I would have to say "No." First, because Steem is not widely used, not widely trusted, it doesn't have a cap (unlike Bitcoin, which won't be mined forever), and its value is mostly related to the value of Steemit - which is not much higher, than any other spammy site, automatically aggregating (copy pasting) content from other sites, which is what most of our users do.
Will the price of BTC go up? Undeniably, in the long run, unless the rumors that the Chinese already own more than 50% of the mining pool turn out to be true (i.e. they can "print" fake Bitcoins).
So where does this leave us? As I've posted before, unless we offer something unique (we've pretty much failed here), spread the use of Steem to other business ventures (still waiting for that to happen) or Steem continues to be used for illegal activities (Yay, WannaCry, right?!), Steem will keep falling.
My suggestion is to keep your Steem profits in the form of Bitcoin (now widely trusted, or at least until the Chinese mess it up) or ZCash (the future currency of illegal trading), unless you hear news of new ransomware on its way.