After weeks of uninspired price action, Bitcoin (BTC) hit new heights today on a variety of metrics: new addresses, active addresses, hourly transaction count and hourly spent outputs.

Glassnode chief technical officer Rafael Schultze-Kraft listed the achievements in a tweet:

Looking up your address

Bitcoin hasn’t seen this number of new or active addresses since the bull run in 2017. From shortly after the drop in early 2018, the number of daily new addresses has been steadily on the rise from 195,000 to 450,000 today. Daily active addresses have grown almost three-fold from 423,000 to 1.08 million in the same period. 

The combination of increasing new addresses, combined with the surging active addresses and hourly transaction counts is welcome news, and comes only hours after crypto analyst Mati Greenspan from Quantum Economics tweeted:

“Man… even the difficulty adjustments are getting boring. Bitcoin volumes and social engagement have been falling for weeks.”

On July 1, the Bitcoin mining difficulty level remained essentially dead flat, with an adjustment down of just 0.0033%. Bitcoin daily volumes have fallen from $52 billion in mid May to $15 billion (at time of press).

Social Engagement

Looking at social engagement over 2020 by crypto analysis platform Lunarcrush, the overall trend is slightly positive from the start of the year. This week saw a slight gain in Bitcoin posts across all social platforms, to 927,000 posts. Despite the fairly flat social engagement throughout, Bitcoin’s price saw big gains in January and April.

Bitcoin’s social engagement relationship with price. Source: Lunarcrush