Wiki Bitcoin - Your Bitcoin knowledge sources
Wiki comes from a Hawaiian word that stands for "fast" or "quick". Wiki Bitcoin gives you a quick overview of the most important Bitcoin related knowledge sources. Some of these sources are Wikis like Wikipedia. Hence the name of this site Wiki Bitcoin.
Contents of Wiki Bitcoin
1. Bitcoin Wiki entries
- Bitcoin :: This is the main Wikipedia entry. It gives a good introduction into what Bitcoin is. This is your go to place for a first overview on Bitcoin. Since knowledge accumulation about Bitcoin has grown, so has Wikipedia. Therefore two other directly Bitcoin related entries exist.
- Bitcoin protocol :: From a technological point of view Bitcoin is a protocol. That's exactly what this article covers. It's an overview about the technological building blocks of Bitcoin.
- History of Bitcoin :: Bitcoin exists since January 2009. Since then some notable things happened around this digital currency. This Wikipedia entry records the most important historical Bitcoin events.
The dedicated Bitcoin Wiki is probably the most comprehensive resource about Bitcoin. It covers many aspects. There are introductory articles as well as in-depth technological entries. Moreover, many interesting economic aspects of Bitcoin are covered.
Even experienced Bitcoin Wiki useres sometimes stumble on articles they find interesting but haven't seen before. Here is a list of a few selected articles that are good entry points for the various Bitcoin aspects.
The Bitcoin Wiki can be edited by any user. The only requirement is to pay a small Bitcoin fee to prevent spamming of the Wiki.
- Main page :: Your entry point to the Bitcoin Wiki.
- FAQ :: Answers to the most frequently asked questions.
- Software :: A lot of software is developed on top of Bitcoin. This is a good overview of what already exists.
- Mining :: Today Bitcoin mining is mostly done by professionals. Hardware requirements to do Bitcoin mining have become too demaning. However, if you want to know what mining is and how to get started, this is the place to go.
- Forums :: The easiest way to get answers to your questions are Bitcoin forums. Here is a list of them. The most frequented Bitcoin forum is probably bitcointalk.
- Buying Bitcoins :: A comprehensive list of Bitcoin exchanges.
- Trade :: Currently, new Bitcoin merchant directories come up almost on a daily basis. While there are some useful directories, the Trade section of the Bitcoin Wiki is probably still the best. Another reason to come back to the Wiki every once in a while. This is the best way to find places where you can spend your Bitcoins.
- How to accept Bitcoin, for small businesses :: If you have a small business and consider the integration of Bitcoin is a means of payment this is your article. It's just great how simple it is.
- Promotional graphics :: Once you have set up everything to accept Bitcoins, you need to get noticed. Promotional graphics help your customers to notice your Bitcoin integration - online and offline. Again, everything is free. The Bitcoin Wiki has all the info and resources you need.
- Controlled supply :: From an economic point of view the limited Bitcoin supply is one of the most interesting aspects. This entry explains the supply of Bitcoins over time. An in-depth article that is based on the knowledge about limitied Bitcoin supply is Bitcoin money supply and money creation.
- Contracts :: This Bitcoin Wiki entry introduces some of the most exciting future Bitcoin use cases. Besides being a payment network, Bitcoin offers many new opportunities. If you are interested in building new services based on the Bitcoin protocol, start with this entry. It gives you some creative ideas that you can take from here.
StackExchange and reddit
While StackExchange and reddit are not a Wikis, they have some characteristics of a Wiki. StackExchange is a network of question and answer sites. The knowledge provided there is therefore related to specific questions.
Many aspects covered in the Bitcoin Wiki are taken to a deep dive on Bitcoin StackExchange. Therefore it makes a great Bitcoin Wiki complement. Once you started to get involved here, you will become a Bitcoin pro pretty soon.
The other Bitcoin Wiki like site is the Bitcoin subreddit r/bitcoin. The number of posts here is huge and hard to follow on a daily basis. But it's definitely a good resource when you search it for particular topics of your interest.
2. Bitcoin blogs
Besides the Bitcoin Wiki entries, there is a number of blogs that are relevant. Wiki Bitcoin shows you, which are the most popular Bitcoin blogs to stay up to date. All of these blogs offer RSS feeds which makes it easy to follow them and never miss a good read.
The blogs are listed in alphabetical order. Wiki Bitcoin doesn't claim to say which blog is better or more relevant. If a blog is listed here it means the blog does have a certain level of quality.
- Bitbond Blog :: Covers finance and banking related topics of Bitcoin. The blog is published by Bitcoin peer-to-peer lending platform Bitbond. Articles are published on a weekly basis. The site also runs a great bitcoin affiliate program.
- Bitcoin Blogger :: A well written blog with up to date news about Bitcoin. Publishes articles almost daily.
- Bitcoin Examiner :: One of my favorite daily Bitcoin blogs. A good mix of relevant Bitcoin news and trivia.
- Bitcoin Foundation blog :: The Bitcoin Foundation is a lobby for Bitcoin users and businesses. Their blog covers topics of larger meaning to Bitcoin itself. Also, they have a quarterly grant which they always announce on this blog.
- Bitcoin Life :: The Bitcoin Life blog has the subtitle "Diary of a Bitcion User". And that's what it is - a well written blog from the perspective of a user.
- Bitcoin Magazine :: The Magazine was probably one of the first Bitcoin publications. They even have a printed paper issues that you can buy on Amazon. The blog publishes articles daily. The head-writer Vitalik Buterin has tremendous in-depth knowledge about a wide range of Bitcoin related topics. It is not just a good resource for Bitcoin news but also for in-depth articles on every aspect of Bitcoin.
- Network status and alerts :: This one is not exactly a blog. But it's probably the best way to learn about Bitcoin related network issues as fast as possible. The RSS feed would let you know if there is a network problem. This is crucial if you rely on Bitcoin as a technology on a daily basis.
- Bitcoinism :: A blog which is more about the political side of Bitcoin.
- Bitcoins21 :: A German blog that covers mainly economics related Bitcoin topics. Some of the articles are translations of the author's articles from English to German.
- Bitslog :: Articles and analyses about a wide range of mostly technological Bitcoin topics.
- BXB :: This is the blog of Bitcoin Exchange Berlin - a monthly physical exchange where people buy and sell Bitcoins. This blog is also in German, but since German speaking people are approximately the third largest Bitcoin user group there might be some of you who find this interesting.
- Coding In My Sleep :: A programmers view on Bitcoin.
- CoinDesk :: This is the blog which currently has the highest frequency in publishing articles. It covers all Bitcoin and crypto-currency related topics. It also offers some good material if you're new to Bitcoin.
- DGC Magazine :: DGC stands for digital gold currency. Another way of looking at Bitcoin is to reagrd it as digital gold. That's the approach of this blog.
- Dustin D. Trammell :: Dustin is an entrepreneur and security researcher and one of the very early Bitcoin adopters. His Bitcoin related articles shed light on topics many Bitcoin newbies would never know of without his statements.
- Economics of Bitcoin :: The author Peter Surda is a Slovakian early Bitcoin adopter who does a lot of reasearch. He shares his results on this blog.
- GavinTech :: Gavin Andresen is the chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation. He works as a lead developer on the Bitcoin project. In his personal blog he shares some of his knowledge.
- Life on Bitcoin :: This blog is written by a newly married couple which traveles the world and purely lives on Bitcoin. They have some great stories to tell from their trip around the world. At the same time, they prove how far the Bitcoin economy has advanced.
- TechCrunch Bitcoin feed :: The famous tech blog TechCrunch has a RSS feed that features all their Bitcoin related articles. The provided link directly opens the feed as there is no associated website for a Bitcoin category.
- The Genesis Block :: A well written mostly mining and trading related blog.
- The Monetary Future :: Blog of Jon Matonis. Jon is Executive Director and Board Member of the Bitcoin Foundation and a money researcher. In his personal blog he covers regulatory and innovation related Bitcoin and crypto-currency aspects. Jon also writes for the above listed blog CoinDesk.
3. Bitcoin charts
This list provides links to Bitcoin charts on various sites. Most of them are price related and provide good Bitcoin trading support.
- bitcoincharts.com :: Get price and trade volume information from alle Bitcoin exchanges around the world. You can also pull the data from this site directly or embedd a price chart on your website like the one below.
- blockchain.info/charts :: Blockchain.info is a site with many functionalities. It is mainly a block explorer (see Bitcoin Research) and a web wallet. But the site also provides many interesting charts. Most of which are based on data from the Bitcoin block chain. The great thing is that you can pull the data that goes into these charts directly into a spread sheet or display them in a browser. If you copy and paste this url 'https://blockchain.info/charts/n-transactions?timespan=all&format=csv' into you browser's address bar you will get a list of the number of Bitcoin transactions per day since Bitcoin existence. This allows you to make analyses based on the retreived data.
- blockr block reader :: blockr is also a block explorer with the advantage that it includes a few more digital currencies. Much of the data is also shown on charts which makes it well readable.
- Bitcoin network graphs :: Graphical representations of the network difficulty, hash rate and other factors.
- Bitcoinity.org :: This site has two main parts. One shows Bitcoin market charts. These are very easy to use. You can choose an exchange, the currency and make further configutations of the data display. The other part shows embedabble charts for webmasters. You can use these charts for your website which comes in pretty handy.
- Cryptocoin Charts :: The most comprehensive overview of different digital currency pairs and the respective exchange rates. When you click on a particular currency pair a price chart becomes available. There is also a beta version which shows lists of cryptocurrencies and exchanges.
- ZERO BLOCK :: A combination of Bitcoin charts and data for various exchange plus news feeds. Also available as a smartphone app.
- Quandl Bitcoin data :: Quandl is a website for a wide range of data. Their Bitcoin section is mostly an aggregation of data from blockchain.info and bitcoincharts.com. The good thing is that they are one single source for a large amount of Bitcion related data. They also provide an API which makes it easy to retrieve data for own purposes.
4. Bitcoin statistics and other sources
The following links don't perfectly fit into other categories of this site. They are however interesting sources for analysis and information.
- Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations :: Check out the market capitalization of many crypto-currencies in one overview
- Earn Bitcoins :: This is a comprehensive list of sites where you can earn Bitcoins. It is great to see how many ways there are to earn Bitcoins for a living.
- Bitcoin Average :: Bitcoin price information calculated as a weighted average of different exchanges that meet certain criteria. The data is also available through their API.
- Bitnodes :: This projects shows the number of Bitcoin nodes per country. Therefore it is an estimate about the distribution of Bitcoin users around the world.
- Fiatleak :: A world map that shows data from major Bitcoin exchanges. It's amazing to see graphically how fiat money goes into the Bitcoin system.
- Mining Dashboard :: The mining dashboard is published by the above listed blog The Genesis Block. If you want to do Bitcoin mining this is a good starting point. You can calculate mining profitability depending on your harware, the Bitcoin price and your electricity costs.
- bitcoin pulse :: This site tracks general Bitcoin adoption by collectiong numerous amounts of available data. It is the most diverse overview that I know of. It is not restricted to pure price data, but offers a large amount of other interesting economic factors. For instance they show the number of merchants of various Bitcoin payment providers. Moreover, they have data about Bitcoin related Github repositories, Google search results and so forth.
- Map of Coins :: Displays a history of different crypto-currencies. You can click on different dates and see which currencies already existed at that point in time.
- BitLegal :: Get an overview of the legals status of Bitcoins all around the world.
- A&D Bitcoin Consulting :: This is the website of two professional Bitcoin Consultants. It is listed here because they also publish interesting reports about Bitcoin that they make publicly available.
- The Bitcoin Database :: A list of all Bitcoin startup companies including key metrics about these companies.
- Coinometrics :: Institutional level bitcoin data and research