Bitcoin’s previous highest price was all the way back in 2013 on November 29th when according to BitcoinAverage.com, the price peaked at $1,183.59. It then slowly dropped over a year all the way down near $250 and has been going up since, with 2016 being a huge year for bitcoin’s growth. Will the price continue to rise overnight with the Chinese bitcoin traders getting heavily into their day? It’s exciting to watch, now that the previous high that was undefeated for over three years has been vanquished. Onward and upward, bitcoin!
All this while the already strong Bitcoin community in New Hampshire continues to expand. Two websites were recently launched to focus on the various aspects of that community: ShireBitcoin.org and ShireBitcoin.com. Plus, in an effort to plan events without using Facebook and to reach out to new people, the Keene Bitcoin Network now has a Meetup.com group! Also, the Shire Society Forums have rebranded and expanded as the “Shire Forum” and now includes bitcoin-related subforums, which are open to anyone in the Shire, whether they are part of the Shire Society or not. Finally, things are looking promising on the political front with a bill making it out of the NH house commerce committee with an 11-9 “ought to pass” that would protect bitcoin businesses from regulation in New Hampshire!On the ground, NH’s (and maybe the world’s) number one area for bitcoin-accepting businesses per capita, Keene, continues to lead the way. Keene’s bitcoiners and libertarian activists have been experimenting with non-Facebook methods of communication. Some have caught on (like Trello and Telegram), others haven’t (Slack). Our most recent experiment is with Meetup.com – it was used successfully around the country during the Ron Paul campaign and turns out, it still works!
Within a few weeks of posting our Keene Bitcoin Network events to Meetup.com, we had new people show up at our meetings. Wow! Meetup had succeeded where Facebook has failed. Sure, new people join the Facebook group, but they almost never show up in real life. The Meetup people do. From here out, our meetings will be organized on Meetup rather than Facebook’s crippled Events “feature”.
In related news – to provide New Hampshire bitcoiners a place to discuss their favorite cryptocurrencies OFF of Facebook (a popular platform that has arguably hurt activism by providing drama and distraction and limiting-by-design one’s ability to reach others effectively), the Shire Society Forum has been rebranded and expanded as the Shire Forum. It is no longer a requirement that you be a signer of the Shire Society declaration to create an account and access the Shire Bitcoin subforums. (Though if you want to access the Shire Society subforums, you’ll still need to be a signer of the Declaration.) Drop in and join the conversation!
Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest from the Bitcoin scene in New Hampshire!