Ok, so we messed up...we found this in December but somehow overlooked posting it...so please take this Tweetstorm in context...still a great read and still relevant (largely!)

Bitcoin Hat Guy (@knowbitcoin)
In all the years I’ve been involved in #Bitcoin, I’ve never been more excited. Here are 15 exciting things about bitcoin as we close out 2021.

In all the years I've been involved in #Bitcoin, I've never been more excited.

Here are 15 exciting things about bitcoin as we close out 2021.

1/ Wallets are getting better, smarter and more user friendly @SparrowWallet, @ElectrumWallet, @SamouraiWallet, @MuunWallet, @bluewalletio, @walletofsatoshi, @Breez_Tech, @PhoenixWallet

2/ Integration of lightning becoming easier and easier. You can send, receive or earn it. You can also receive it via awards programs. (@ln_strike, @fold_app, @bitrefill, @lnbig_com, @voltage_cloud, @BtcpayServer, @OpenNodeCo

3/ Bitcoin mining has become more geo-decentralized (The exit from China caused mining to move to more friendlier countries). United States was a big benefactor. Set the stage for a new booming industry.

China’s Bitcoin Ban Is The Unnoticed Geopolitical Event Of The Decade
It may be under appreciated just how badly the autocratic government of China blundered with bitcoin.

4/ At home bitcoin mining became more mainstream (Thanks to @econoalchemist, @Diverter_NoKYC, @SGBarbour, @upstreamdatainc, and many more)

Home mining for non-KYC Bitcoin.
An article on setting up an ASIC Bitcoin miner at home with the goal of generating a non-KYC stack. Procurement, electrical infrastructure, ventilation requirements, noise treatment, connecting to a pool, and operational costs/rewards will be covered here. Additionally, community questions from Twit…

5/ More bitcoin and lightning nodes than ever before. It became easier to spin up a node thanks to @RaspiBlitz, @RoninDojoUI, @mynodebtc, @getumbrel

6/ More privacy tools and content than ever. Something I'd personally like to see increase in 2022 Thanks to @SamouraiWallet, @SparrowWallet, @RoninDojoUI, @bisq_network, @Azteco_ . For content see @econoalchemist, @Diverter_NoKYC, @ODELL, @GunsnBitcoin, @BitcoinQ_A

7/ Hardware wallets are getting more advanced and yet easier to use. You can even DIY a hardware wallet. (@COLDCARDwallet, @Trezor, @FOUNDATIONdvcs, @SeedSigner, @ShiftCryptoHQ )

8/ First country to adopt bitcoin: El Salvador. It was also announced by the President of El Salvador @nayibbukele that a Bitcoin City will be built and funded by bitcoin backed bonds.

9/ Increase of States and Cities that are interested in bitcoin. States like Wyoming, Texas, North Dakota, Florida, Ohio, and Montana are hot spots for bitcoin mining and innovation.

10/ Adoption by corporations (@Tesla, @SpaceX, @blocks formally Square). Increase of corporations owning bitcoin on their balance sheets.

11/ Bitcoin ETF’s launched $BITO$BTF

First Bitcoin Futures ETF In The US Starts Trading
The first ever bitcoin-based ETF in the United States has started trading this morning, amassing $250 million in 15 minutes.

12/ Access to bitcoin has never been easier. Apps like @ln_strike, @cashapp, @SwanBitcoin and many more make it simple to buy/sell/DCA bitcoin with one or two taps. @PayPal and @RobinhoodApp make it easy but I don't recommend because you can not withdraw to a non custodial wallet

13/ Bitcoin education is easier to access and understand. There are some great content creators out there. @BTCsessions, @BitcoinQ_A, @ODELL ,@TFTC21

Piped
An alternative privacy-friendly YouTube frontend which is efficient by design.

14/ The integration of bitcoin in everyone’s life is becoming more prevalent. You see athletes post about bitcoin @TomBrady @AaronRodgers12 @RussellOkung. You see bitcoin in movies and TV shows. You see bitcoin on commercials. You see bitcoin within your financial institutions.

15/ Year of the second layer. 2021 saw the explosion of the lightning network. It has become the go to for bitcoins scaling solution. Also Liquid became a player in second layer innovation.

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2022. Special thanks to all the developers, contributors, and content creators that donate their time to bitcoin. Keep on Bitcoining Fam! If you like Bitcoin Hats check out my site bitcoinhatguy.com

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