Twitter CEO and self-professed Bitcoin (BTC) maximalist Jack Dorsey is not giving Ether (ETH) fans an inch. In his latest offhand remark about the market’s second-largest cryptocurrency, Dorsey downplayed the platform’s potential to single-handedly shake up the status quo in Big Tech:
Disrupting “Big Tech” is exactly what’s needed and what I want.— jack⚡️ (@jack) August 12, 2021
No one technology alone will do that though.
Dorsey’s comment followed an online discussion of the usefulness of a full-blown integration of nonfungible tokens (NFT) into Twitter, which Twitter user Seyitaylor argued would be more to the benefit of Ethereum than to the social media site.
Dorsey agreed that such a move would be more consequential for the Ethereum ecosystem than for his own platform but added, “Every account on Twitter being able to link to a Lightning wallet however…”
Despite Twitter’s previous dabbles in the world of NFTs — and Dorsey’s own use of the technology to raise money for charity — Dorsey has remained a staunch Bitcoin advocate, much to the frustration of both Ether diehards and less sectarian crypto fans.
When one Twitter user responded to Dorsey’s comments, pushing him to explain, “Why the ETH hate then if there’s room for more than one piece to the puzzle?” Dorsey’s rejoinder was that “focus on one thing isn’t hate of the others. I’ve made my concerns known about others in comparison to Bitcoin. Key ones are founding principles, security, and centralization.”
In another Twitter thread, Garry Tan probed the “mystery” of Dorsey’s single-minded preoccupation with Bitcoin, which Timothy Kim proposed was the veteran crypto’s promise to serve as “sound money,” which he claimed was “critical,” “especially for the globally underprivileged.” Dorsey joined the discussion to agree, asserting that he’s in Bitcoin “to help fix the money,” adding he was “not trolling.”
In yet another thread circling the same theme, Dorsey rebuffed claims he was intentionally throwing shade at Ethereum and clarified that for him, “decentralization isn’t an end goal [...] it’s just one method of fixing the money.” Elsewhere on Twitter, Dorsey said that while he agrees with the spirit of NFTs, his advocacy of Lightning in this context had nothing to do with them but rather with “enabl[ing] a currency for the internet.”
This has been a long-time motto of Dorsey’s, who has repeatedly argued that Bitcoin will be the sole currency of the internet since at least 2018. Unlike other Bitcoin fans who concede there could one day be a “flippening” of the two top coins’ fortunes, he has remained, as far as is publicly known, reluctant to invest in the altcoin to this day.