What’s a popular blockchain?

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9 months ago

I’ve been hearing a lot about blockchains and cryptocurrencies and I’m trying to decode all the jargon. Specifically, I’m really lost when it comes to identifying what a popular blockchain would be. Not necessarily the ones only used for cryptocurrencies, but in other sectors as well. I understand that blockchains are digital ledgers used to record transactions, but I’m not sure when we call one “popular”.

From what I gather, the popularity of a blockchain could be determined by the user base or the applications it supports? I might be wrong, so I’d appreciate it if you could shed some light on it. Are there certain factors that we need to consider when saying that a blockchain is more popular than others? Such as security, speed, size of the network?

Also, could you give specific examples of popular blockchains and a brief explanation of why they are considered as such? Is it because they are widely used by investors or is there more to it? For instance, I’ve heard Ethereum cited a lot, but I’d like to understand why it is preferred over others.

Lastly, how do these popular blockchains impact the cryptocurrency market as a whole? I assume their performance may affect the value and adoption rate of cryptocurrencies. By understanding this, I hope to make a more informed decision before getting into the crypto game myself.

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9 months ago

Sure, I can help you with that. When we say a blockchain is popular, you’re right in thinking it might be down to the number of users or the quantity, quality, and variety of applications it supports. The blockchain size, security, and transaction speed could also be factors. Ethereum, as you mentioned, is indeed one of the most popular blockchains. It’s not just used for cryptocurrencies but also for decentralized applications (dApps). Its notoriety lies in its flexibility and adaptability, enabling the development of various other projects on its platform. The popularity of a blockchain can greatly impact the cryptocurrency market. If a blockchain network is widely used and trusted, the cryptocurrencies associated with it typically gain credibility and value. Conversely, if a blockchain faces security issues or other problems, this could negatively affect associated cryptocurrencies. Understanding which blockchains are popular and why can certainly give you a better insight into the crypto world.

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