Bitcoin Runes made up 57.7% of transactions on halving day

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Bitcoin Runes made up 57.7% of transactions on halving day Bitcoin Runes made up 57.7% of transactions on halving day Andjela Radmilac · 8 seconds ago · 4 min read

Runes accounted for over half of Bitcoin’s transactions on halving day, highlighting their significant yet controversial market impact.

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Updated: Apr. 24, 2024 at 1:04 am UTC

Bitcoin Runes made up 57.7% of transactions on halving day

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Introduced during the buzz of the Bitcoin halving, Runes have sparked intense debate and speculation by embedding rich data within Bitcoin’s ledger, shifting how users interact with the blockchain. By leveraging transaction augmentation, Runes can enhance transactions with diverse data, from simple messages to complex scripts, showing a remarkable capability distinct from other Bitcoin-enhancements like Ordinals and BRC-20 tokens. As they rapidly accounted for a majority of the Bitcoin network’s activity, the impact on transaction fees and network congestion became evident. But dig deeper, and the potential of Runes unfolds — how exactly are they reshaping the Bitcoin landscape, and what unforeseen consequences might they herald for the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem?

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