Coinfeeds brings AI to crypto
Depending on how plugged-in you are to the crypto space, you may be familiar with some or all of these happenings in the past 180 days:
These days I spend hours a day being “plugged-in” to crypto news. There is just so much to read, or listen to, or watch, or try. I have put together a guide that strives to be a comprehensive lay-of-the-land for crypto news.
I’m taking a top-down approach, starting with news sources that give a bird’s eye view, to the ecosystems on almost every social media platform. Each ecosystem is actually quite rich, so I try to do something to capture the Lay of the Land for each one.
Follow the blockchain sections of financial publications
They offer very informed views on the blockchain industry, but in many ways present only the tip of the iceberg, explaining major price movements after the fact.
Here’s a fun graph to illustrate what I mean. Below are words from crypto headlines coming from the business pubs (Forbes, CNBC, and Bloomberg), vs headlines from crypto pubs.
You can interact with the chart, some interesting observations can be made — but the main point is that the crypto pubs cover a lot more detail.
[See interactive one here: https://observablehq.com/@coinfeeds/untitled]
There are actually a lot of crypto publications, with new ones cropping up all the time, so which ones should you focus on? Well I tried to select them in an objective way, so here is a list of the most engaged crypto pubs, as measured by number of comments on crypto subreddits over a year. (I believe that comments are the best measure of engagement, not posts)
CryptoTwitter is a fascinating community and a great source of information. You will find engaging insights, arguments, and memes. Here is a view of Crypto Twitter, divided into different groups.
Click on a group to zoom in: [interactive here: https://observablehq.com/@coinfeeds/crypto-twitter]
If you would like to follow these accounts, you can check the list here
Here is a list of general crypto subreddits. The ones listed here are active, and well moderated.
r/CryptoCurrency — The official source for CryptoCurrency News, Discussion & Analysis.
r/ethtrader — community-driven sub for Ethereum news, memes, investing, trading, miscellaneous market-related subjects and other relevant technology.
r/CryptoMoonShots — a place to discuss low market cap cryptocurrencies that might be potential moonshots.
r/CryptoMarkets — FOREX community for cryptocurrencies
r/Crypto_Currency_News — crypto sub for news
r/defi — sub devoted to all things around the development of decentralized finance
r/CryptoCurrencies — like r/CryptoCurrency, but with less strict moderation rules
Another great way to catch up on the markets while potentially multitasking is to listen to podcasts. There are some very high-quality ones in the crypto space, with great in-depth discussions on topical issues, or interviews with crypto founders.
There is also a large crypto YouTube scene. I did a pretty comprehensive search and found 173 English-language crypto YouTube channels. Here are the top 10 by subscribers. [You can see the complete list here]
These channels are smaller but great for DeFi education:
If you are interested in following a specific coin, (especially if the coin is not a large-cap coin), you are better off following the coin’s own news channels and community. Almost every coin would have some of these channels:
a project twittera project blog, often on Mediuma community on reddita Telegram channela Discord channelSector Specific News
You might have noticed that there are thousands of cryptocurrencies out there. Here is a map of all the cryptos by sector — the size of rectangles correspond to the market cap.
Ok, so Bitcoin takes up a lot of the space here. To better visualize the altcoin landscape, here is the same map without Bitcoin:
The two largest sectors are Currencies, and Smart Contract Platforms, driven by Bitcoin and Ethereum. You can also see other emerging sectors such as Stablecoins and Decentralized Finance (DeFi). Other sectors pale in comparison in terms of market cap.
DeFi is bigger than it looks really, because many Stablecoins are minted because of DeFi, and it is built on top of Smart Contract Platforms. It is a sector that many are focusing on, and has lots of dedicated news sources:
Research and Analysis
Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to sift through all this information yourself. Whoever you are, it is worth keeping an eye on the people whose job it is to analyze and/or invest in crypto markets. What I love about crypto is that you can access a ton of high-quality, alpha-generating information for free just by being good at doing some internet research.
Follow blogs of research & analytics firms
These include the emerging crypto fundamental-research companies and on-chain analysis companies that sell their research to professional institutions and traders. Many of them also share insights for free to the community, which can be a great starting point.
Sometimes VCs share their musings, or the investments they make. In the non-crypto world, these are often private investments so there is not much the rest of us can do about it. But in the crypto world, you can often trade the token and join the coin’s community, and almost all of these VCs have Medium blogs!
Here are some blogs to follow:
I must finish with a word of caution — because the flip side of being able to access so much good information openly, is that there are also a lot of scams. Please be careful. Some safety tips:
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