2021 was the year of social audio applications. The clubhouse became famous and well known in the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 lockdown. People all over the world have been instructed to stay indoors and away from other people. They were advised to wear masks and disinfect their hands as often as possible. The cabin fever had risen to critical levels. People were looking for a release. You found this post on Social Audio.
A group of individuals built new tribes. They burned bridges, sent DCA to every newcomer they saw, spat out poison and vitriol against supposed scammers and baby coins, but mostly shared love and education while chewing Wagyu ribeye steak in their underwear on their chaise longue. This group of people I’m talking about are Bitcoiners.
Bitcoiners from around the world joined in a chaotic, harmonious chorus across many of the social media apps. Bitcoin voices could now be heard.
While Bitcoin provided Twitter with snippets of text, Clubhouse became a hodgepodge of monologues, banter and tirades revolving around the fact that Bitcoin is the most solid money ever created.
Lines were drawn in the sand. To meat or not to meat, that was the question.
Many new and old Bitcoin voices popped up. Here are just a few of the highlights that would not have been possible without social audio.
Some of the very first Bitcoin podcasters showed up and said, “Hey, let’s talk about Bitcoin,” but they were quickly received by the energy Uncle Phil had for jazz.
A confident male voice argued with a veteran Wall Street refugee named “TINA,” followed by a Korean cowboy with the most powerful microphone ever built, adding his opinion on non-fungible trash (NFTs).
An amazing woman, whose name could be mistaken for a programming language, wrestled for babycoin sellers in rooms named after adorable little dogs.
A brave van resident argued that Bitcoin fixes everything! It even repairs the poison from broccoli and seed oils.
A Bitcoin priest who presided over the Satoshi Church shouted his sermons as the congregation responded with a loud shout, “Hodllujah”.
A room full of frogs discussed the value of tokenized assets with a powerful coffee merchant and his cronies, while monkeys, 8-bit pixel heads, and a goldfish listened from the crowd.
A Brit and Haitian have teamed up to rid the world of incels and betas by maintaining an optimistic outlook on Bitcoin’s development.
And one man’s attempt to party for another’s dime turned into a club coup!
Two BLACK BLACKITY BLACK BLACK and another BLACK Bitcoin OGs formed a group to educate people about Bitcoin.
The Black Bitcoin Billionaires (BBB) developed with over 140,000 extremely different members into one of the largest Bitcoin clubs in the clubhouse. Social Audio provided the group with the vehicle to give Bitcoin to over 8,000 families, and enabled BBB to educate thousands of people and reveal new hidden thought leaders in the Bitcoin space.
At another club down the hall, a subgroup of aspiring Nodestern (people who actually run nodes) formed. They were guided by a group of developers, one of whom was a man with a letter who knew a lot about Knuckles’ knuckles. This subgroup was called “Plebnet”.
Plebnet became one of the main drivers behind the introduction of the Lightning Network. It has community created, operates nodes, and has rooms to evangelize the benefits of participating in the network. Plebnet also hosted Lightning poker nights on Mondays, played to the tunes of Muddy Waters.
Café Bitcoin, another large club at the clubhouse (with more than 128,000 people), brought up current events on a daily basis. Everyday spaces were created that highlighted Bitcoin news and events. Some days they would play the sound of Senate hearings. On other days, ex-Wall Streeters would come in and try to flush the room down.
(Hold on for a second! Someone has a question … “Hey, I’m new to Bitcoin. What wallet would you recommend to keep my sats in?” Sorry … back to my thoughts.)
Conversations about any coin other than Bitcoin were intolerable. It was a safe place for bitcoiners. Cafe Bitcoin was the kind of place where ugly babycoin ducklings turned into swans.
But Clubhouse’s success brought with it competition, and its biggest adversary was social media giant Twitter. Twitter launched Twitter Spaces in 2021 and gave Bitcoin Twitter a voice.
On Twitter Spaces, Bitcoin Twitter was not so much about clubs, but about personalities. Some of these personalities weren’t known before Twitter Spaces, but quickly developed following.
Some of the biggest names on the existing Bitcoin Twitter list held historic rooms. In one of these rooms a leader of a sovereign nation spoke about his love for everything Bitcoin related. Later, the same leader let us listen to a legislature that passed a law making bitcoin legal tender in his country.
Twitter also spawned the Autistic Council of Bitcoin, led by a cool autistic Brit. Its rooms bring clarity to a noisy Twitter room.
But my favorite group on Twitter Spaces has to be that little group of teenage Bitcoin maximalists called #yellowbeltmaxis. They know a little bit about bitcoin, but not enough to be dangerous. They are like the adorable little kids in the dojo who are just getting their yellow belts and trying to kick everyone they meet. Aren’t you so cute?
With this in mind, Bitcoin’s social audio rooms have become something of a dojo. People of all faiths, cultures, backgrounds and skills come together to discuss and learn about what brings them all together, Bitcoin. In an increasingly divided world, it has proven that many of us are more alike than we first thought, and many of us are as divided as we can be, but it doesn’t matter. Bitcoin is money for everyone.
Even cute little #yellowbeltmaxis. Come back to the dojo!
This is a guest post by Lamar Wilson. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.