Introduced back in December 2013 as a joke, Dogecoin has so far been a lesser-known cryptocurrency when compared with Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin. It was developed by IBM software engineer Billy Markus and Adobe engineer Jackson Palmer as a new decentralised cryptocurrency for peer-to-peer transactions.
Instead of choosing a fancy currency symbol, Markus and Palmer decided to go with the Japanese dog breed Shiba Inu as the branding for Dogecoin, which was already very popular online because of the “Doge” meme. The odd branding, however, provided some distinction over other cryptocurrencies.
Dogecoin uses password-based script technology. This makes it different from Bitcoin that uses SHA-256 encryption.
Interestingly, Elon Musk, who has brought Dogecoin into the news, has been one of the supporters of Bitcoin. Last week he tweeted, “Bitcoin is a good thing.” He also changed his Twitter bio to “#bitcoin” and said that he was “late to the party” in supporting the cryptocurrency. That development led to Bitcoin’s resurgence to over $38,000 (roughly Rs. 27,70,000).
How did Dogecoin get into the spotlight?
The Shiba Inu-themed cryptocurrency rose to an all-time high price after US billionaire Elon Musk tweeted, “Who let the Doge out.” This was the second time in the last week when Musk posted about Dogecoin on Twitter that led to its growth among other cryptocurrencies. The open-source digital currency is amongst a list of alternatives to Bitcoin.
Shortly after supporting Bitcoin, Elon Musk moved to Dogecoin. He initially tweeted “Doge” followed by saying, “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto.”
That led to over 50 percent growth in the cryptocurrency and brought it to the headlines across leading media outlets. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk once again tweeted about Dogecoin on Monday. This time, the coin reached its record growth of crossing 8 cents (about Rs. 6).
The coin is currently selling at Rs. 5.21 ($0.071), which shows nearly 17 percent growth in the last 24 hours. However, it is significantly lower than Bitcoin and Ethereum — the two leading cryptocurrencies — that are available at Rs. 28,62,952.38 ($39,277.90) and Rs. 1,19,986.67 ($1,646.19), respectively.
Just like any other cryptocurrencies, it can be purchased through any cryptocurrency wallet or online platform. There is also a dedicated Dogecoin wallet that can be accessed through a smartphone or a desktop.
You can purchase Dogecoin in India via options including BuyUcoin, Bitbns, or Zebpay. These platforms often need a KYC process under which you need to provide your details, such as your full name and phone number.