KIN: Your Friendly Community Cryptocurrency

Backed by the Kin Foundation – a non profit devoted to building an online ecosystem around fairness and productivity – KIN is all about “kinship” aka relationships, as the name suggests. Within the KIN ecosystem, real value is placed on the thoughts, opinions and time of application users.

The KIN motto is “cryptocurrency for the digital world”, and it is living up to this standard, in my opinion.

Unlike some apps that sit on my screen, unused, until I finally decide to delete them – I downloaded a few KIN apps a short time ago, and quickly got into the habit of using them every single day. I’ll give you a quick run-down on two of my favorites.

Pause For

If you’re like me and tend to get glued to your phone when there are other things you should be doing like dishes (or drafting your next blog post) – this productivity app is A MUST. All you have to do is choose a time limit (from 10 to 60 minutes), tap a button, and set the phone down. If you make it through the chosen time without picking up your phone to check your Twitter feed, email, etc. – you get to claim your KIN. Simple as that!

The incentive is even greater knowing that the cryptocurrency you earn ends up going to a great cause! Currently, you can use your earnings to donate a meal through Feeding America, plant a tree through One Tree Planted, or give a dog one month of heartworm meds through The Inner Pup.

Why would anyone NOT use this app?!

Kinit

The first iOS KIN ecosystem app to go live, Kinit is just good fun. Every day I open the app to find new surveys, quizzes, trivia or “this or that” opinion games.

Completing the games earns me KIN that I can use to purchase real gift cards. I’m not talking about cheesy gift cards, either – among them are ITunes, GameStop and Uber, to name a few!

Note: The pictures are grayed out because I’ve already played today 🙂

There are many more apps that I have yet to explore. You can find a list of the most popular ones here. There seems to be something for everyone. Social butteryfly? Try Kik. You like to express yourself through make-up? Check out Perfect360. In the mood for a game night? Pop.In would likely fit your fancy. It’s a pretty lengthy list.

So, how did I happen across KIN? I was introduced to the cryptocurrency on Twitter by @chasseb_, Co-Founder and Developer of @KinnyTips.

Kinny who?!

The unofficial mascot of the cryptocurrency, this cute little tip bot exists so that we can send and receive KIN over social media.

He currently works in Twitter, Reddit and in the Kin Foundation Discord channel. He will be making his way to Telegram soon, I hear!

Kinny has his own app, too! Within it you can link your social media accounts, view your KIN tip wallet balance and transactions, and even earn more KIN. Currently, Kinny is only available for Android devices, but the iOS app is in the works (and I can’t wait)!

One last thing I just HAVE to mention… There is a solution in development that will allow folks to spend KIN earned within one app in another! AWESOME SAUCE.

If so inspired, please share this post with your friends! Oh, and if you have friends or family who aren’t quite sure yet about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency – introduce it to them in a fun way with one of the KIN apps!

Thanks so much for reading. I’ll see you around the blockchain 😉

Christmas Shopping with Cryptocurrency

Photo by George Dolgikh from Pexels

I’m not going to speculate on if or when cryptocurrencies will replace cold hard cash, but there certainly has been an increase in the number of retailers accepting the digital coins in addition to traditional fiat. This Christmas, you could purchase gifts for everyone on your list with the crypto in your bag.

CRYPTO GEAR:

Spread good cheer among your fellow crypto-enthusiasts with cool gear, paid for in cryptocurrency. Check out Cryptoshirt.com – they don’t just sell t-shirts. They offer everything from hats, hoodies and baby clothes to towels, coffee mugs and mouse pads. The accept Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LCT), and Ethereum (ETC).

I would be doing a disservice to my readers and mother Earth if I didn’t mention @WanderingWare and his XRP Tree Project here. He has teamed up with One Tree Planted –  they’re on a mission to plant trees to offset carbon emissions produced by Ripple technology. For every T-shirt you purchase from WanderingWare.com (and yes, you can purchase them with XRP), he transfers money to One Tree Planted who will plant trees on your behalf. Use your #XRPforGood !

ELECTRONICS:

A favorite online shop for techies, Newegg.com, accepts BTC as payment. Check out their step-by-step instructions here.

FURNITURE & HOME DECOR:

Overstock.com has partnered with Coinbase to allow BTC as a form of payment.

GIFT CARDS:

We all have those friends and family members whom we haven’t the slightest idea what to get. Gift cards are ALWAYS appreciated! You can use your bitcoin to buy gift cards from Gyft.com or Egifter.com. Even cooler, in my opinion – with Giftoff.com you can buy gift cards with various different coins, including Digibyte (DGB), ETH, Ethereum Classic (ETC), LTC, OmiseGo (OMG), Decentraland (MANA), ZCash (ZEC) and more!

TRAVEL:

Traveling for the holidays? CheapAir.com accepts LTC, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), LTC and DASH as payment for flight and hotel bookings!

REAL ESTATE:

Ok, so I don’t personally know anyone looking to buy a new home for the holidays, but if you are, check out bitcoin-realestate.com!

COFFEE:

Who doesn’t love to treat themselves or their loves ones to a latte over the holidays? Apparently Starbucks now accepts BTC – you can read all about it here!

ETSY:

Everyone knows Etsy.com is a great place to find unique and personalized gifts, but did you know that many sellers accept crypto as payment these days?

SHOP LOCAL:

There are also a lot of small businesses now starting to accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. Coinmap.org can point you right to them!

XRP:

This list would not be complete without a mention of XRP and the fact that you can now spread your love of the digital currency by gifting some using new XRP TipBot Paper Accounts! Using XRP TipBot, you can generate an account for anyone and gift them up to 20 XRP! Ok, so I may be a bit biased, I happen to love XRP 🙂

A couple more things I thought worth mentioning… 

If you’re a fan of DASH, you can easily find online merchants who accept it here.

If you don’t want to shop online, and you don’t have any retailers nearby who have joined the crypto revolution, you’ve also got the option of crypto debit cards from Bitpay and Shift – accepted anywhere Visa is accepted!

Language of #CryptoTwitter

If you want to converse in #CryptoTwitter world (and sound credible), you need to know the language. 

Definitions

  • Altcoin: A cryptocurrency other than, launched after, and an alternative to Bitcoin (aka Alt). 
  • Bag: Refers to an investor’s portfolio (i.e. what cryptocurrency he or she is currently investing in)
  • Bearish: Refers to the market experiencing a downward trend.
  • Bullish: Opposite of bearish – the market is trending in the positive.
  • DLT: Distributed Ledger Technology. A digital system for recording, sharing and synchronizing transactions in an electronic ledger. Blockchain is a type of DLT. Click here for a more in-depth description. 
  • DYOR: Acronym for “Do Your Own Research”. Think of it as a disclaimer. Tweeters in the cryptoverse will often give their opinion on certain coins or blockchain projects. It should not be misconstrued as investment advise. Frankly, when it comes to investing in anything, you should always #DYOR. It’s called due dillegence. Don’t and you may get #rekt.
  • Fiat: Physical money backed by a government as legal tender (ex. USD, EUR)
  • Flippening: This awkward term refers to a possible dethroning of one coin by another, in terms of market cap. 
  • FOMO: Acronym for “Fear of Missing Out”. This fear is known to drive investors to make irrational decisions.
  • FUD: Stands for “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt”. FUD is usually evoked in cast a shadow over a competitor’s coin when the one you support is unable to compete.
  • HODL: Basically, #hodl means hold a cryptocurrency as a long-term investment.
  • ICO: Initial Coin Offering. A controversial crowd sale for a new blockchain project offering people the opportunity to buy their coin.
  • Long: Going long refers to buying and holding a coin with the expectation of selling it for a profit in the future.
  • Rekt: Ruined or hit hard from the devaluation of a cryptocurrency in a bear market.
  • Shill: A swindler who acts as an enthusiastic buyer of a certain cryptocurrency in order to entice others into buying.
  • Moon (or “To the Moon”): A rally for the price of a cryptocurrency to sky-rocket.
  • Whale: This term is used to refer to people (or organizations) that hold large amounts of a cryptocurrency. 

Examples

https://twitter.com/DC0100/status/1073211926048591872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw