Bitcoin has broken into the top 10 of most viewed pages on Wikipedia – a ground-breaking achievement that shows cryptocurrencies have arrived in general parlance.
Although bitcoin lags the Queen of England and US President Donald Trump in popularity, the cryptocurrency rates ahead of Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook.
The bitcoin page had 15.02 million views – behind the page listing deaths in 2017 which grossed 37.38 million views.
The bitcoin revelation came as part of Wikipedia’s annual top 50 pages reportfor 2017 in which writer’s described the year as ‘tumultuous and intriguing’.
Bubblier than tulips
This is what Wikipedia has to say about bitcoin: “For our dear readers who can’t make heads or tails of this novelty: bitcoin is as good as gold, shinier than lead, bubblier than tulips, held deep in the mines, and driving people nuts.
“Gold has enriched adventurers and bitcoin has held fools to ransom. You may dive in a pool of gold but lose it all at war. Strangely, while you can still buy gold today and forget about it until your great-grandchildren cash it out, the much-hyped “future of money” has turned into the most speculative intangible asset of all time, while proving totally unsuitable as a means of payment.
“Still, over 2017 at least, bitcoin would have been a better investment than Tesla stock.”
What rivalled interest in Bitcoin?
Tesla stock started 2017 priced at $229 and ended at $316 on December 31 – a rise of $87 or 38%., while over the same period, bitcoin increased from $900 to $19,065.
No other cryptocurrency appears in the Wikipedia top 50 pages.
The top 10 were:
- Deaths in 2017 – 37.38 million views
- Donald Trump – 29.64 million views
- Queen Elizabeth II – 19.29 million views
- Game of Thrones (Season 7) – 18.79 million views
- Meghan Markle – 16.94 million views
- Game of Thrones – 16.83 million views
- Bollywood films 2017 – 16.39 million views
- United States – 15.76 million views
- Bitcoin – 15.02 million views
- 13 Reasons Why (TV Series) – 14.93 million views