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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Engages in Bitcoin Lightning Network ‘Torch’ Experiment

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Engages in Bitcoin Lightning Network ‘Torch’ Experiment

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Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is one of Silicon Valley’s biggest bitcoin bulls. | Source: REUTERS / Anushree Fadnavis / File Photo

Jack Dorsey has taken part in a ceremonial usage of Lightning Network “for the laughs.” The idea mimics the Olympic torch. Participants pass microscopic amounts of Bitcoin around the Lightning Network, using Lightning-enabled wallets to generate and pay invoices.

Dubbed the #LNTrustChain, the experiment demonstrates that Ligthning Network can send tiny amounts of Bitcoin. Each participant receives the full amount of the torch and adds 10 Satoshi to it. They then pick another person and the “trust chain” gets longer. The experiment even has a website.

The first transaction was for 100 Satoshi. By the time it got to Dorsey, the torch was 2860 Satoshi, which rounds up to 10 cents at press time.

Cool example of #BitcoinTwitter experimenting on the Lightning Network.


⚡️Torch received, now passing along to @starkness! #LNtrustchain

— jack (@jack) February 5, 2019

The process is simple enough. Twitter is used for the entire thing. The sender tags the person, who generates an invoice. The sender then creates the transaction, and the recipient posts confirmation, like this one:

Received! #LNtrustchain

Who’s next? 🤔

— elizabeth stark (@starkness) February 6, 2019

Non-Lightning wallets can’t participate. The experiment would not be possible without the Lightning Network – it’s the reason the fees are low enough. Ordinarily transactions this small would not make sense on the Bitcoin main chain.

‘Nah’ to Altcoins

Dorsey recently spoke of cryptocurrency on the Joe Rogan podcast. He said, “I believe the Internet will have a native currency and I don’t know if it’s Bitcoin.”

All the same, when a Twitter user asked for the Cash app to offer other cryptos besides Bitcoin, Dorsey was decidedly uninterested:


— jack (@jack) February 5, 2019

Elon Musk: The Next Frontier?

In an attempt to up the ante, Samson Mow is attempting to involve Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

@elonmusk you have until noon tomorrow to confirm, else the #LNTrustChain torch goes to me. 🔥 @Grimezsz text your bf.

— Samson Mow (@Excellion) February 6, 2019

However, the billionaire is probably a bit too busy at this point. He recently oversaw testing of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket.

A Global Chain

The chain has so far stretched into every major country and continent.

The Torch has now been to 37 countries.

Lightning Labs co-founder Elizabeth Stark was the last person to take the torch at time of writing. Jack Dorsey passed it to her.

Phew, @jack takes the Lightning Torch, sends it to me, tweets a bunch about #bitcoin, agrees to do a podcast on the spot with @stephanlivera and me. Pretty sure #LightningTwitter is now officially a thing!⚡️

— elizabeth stark (@starkness) February 6, 2019

The Lightning Network is both Bitcoin Core’s preferred scaling solution and its answer to the question of microtransactions, one of the primary arguments for the establishment of Bitcoin Cash.

Lightning has been functional for months, but mass adoption by merchants and users is still in progress. One could speculate that this is why some developers are discussing making Bitcoin blocks smaller, in an attempt to stimulate usage of the cheaper alternative.

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