- Use Bitcoin
- Use a Full Node
- Keeping Up w/ Technology
- Meet-ups & Conferences
- Set them up
Bitcoin is a new and radical disruptive technology. It is redefining money and has us questioning; what is money?
If you want to help educate others, even just the basics, you need to learn it yourself. The space is always changing too, so try to keep up! If you get some things wrong, don't take it too hard, people always get things wrong in this space and no one knows everything. Just make sure you learn from your mistakes as with anything and try not to take things personally.
When you are confident in your own basic knowledge start educating family, friends, advocates, the curious, the skeptics, the neutral and the critical about the benefits and strengths of Bitcoin. Let them know what makes Bitcoin special, what differentiates it from anything else that exists and what differentiates Bitcoin from other cryptocurrencies.
Not good at explaining? Not a coder? No sweat - you can help Bitcoin by just simply using it.
Store some wealth in bitcoin long term, it is a savings technology after all.
You can spend a little bit once in a while too! Did you know places like Microsoft, NewEgg, Expedia and many other large and small online shops accept Bitcoin?
This section is directed towards everyone.
Please do your due diligence and follow the trends and technological advancements in the Bitcoin space. We all benefit from adopting the latest and greatest tecnologies aimed at optimizing the network.
Segregated Witness (SegWit) was introduced not too long ago to help securely scale Bitcoin, reduce transaction fees, enable more innovation and fix a long standing malleability bug among other things.
All wallets should have SegWit integrated by now. If not, you should be questioning that wallet/service.
You use SegWit by sending and receiving from a SegWit Bitcoin address. You can tell if an address is SegWit by checking if the address begins with a "3" (P2SH) or a "bc1" (Bech-32).
bc1qnc69v3hfznag9zdrwgutusp0f95js6c38ckvwj = Native SegWit / bech32 (Best)
35JZ72myPm2HUNLHq2ozA6Z2dvbmSCFV3W = SegWit / P2SH (Better)
1FnN243Tu3oNaZazwTNpgvvh6Hi8jpjK2U = Legacy / P2PKH
For Everyday Users
Use wallets and services that have SegWit integrated. By now, all wallets/services should have SegWit integrated. If not, you may need to question the service's integrity.
Any company that uses Bitcoin should have SegWit integrated by now, even if it's something as small as accepting donations. Companies should get their developer(s) to work on getting SegWit integrated.
Transaction batching became more relevant when the Bitcoin mempool began getting bloated which raised the transaction fees during the 2017 bull run.
Some exchanges and companies that had high transaction traffic were unintentionally spamming the network with thousands and thousands of legitimate transactions in a very inefficient manner.
Transaction batching increases efficiency by combining many transactions into a single transaction to pay out multiple users thus greatly reducing the transaction efficiency of Bitcoin companies. Batching optimizes the network, reduces the transaction fess for everyone and significantly reduces the accumulated transaction fees of large companies.
Example: An exchange needs to pay out 7 users that want to withdraw their bitcoin. Instead of creating 7 separate transactions with 1 output each, the exchange creates 1 transaction with 7 outputs for the 7 users needing to be paid out.
Companies need to get their developer(s) to setup transaction batching for them.
There can never be enough competent developers in this space - in fact, the space could use a lot more! Get employed by a Bitcoin company, volunteer code to open source Bitcoin projects or contribute code to protocol level development.
Bitcoin development is the Mount Everest of the "crypto" ecosystem. It is the most challenging project but the most meaningful and rewarding. Bitcoin attracts the best developers from all over the globe.
Not a programmer? Some projects would really appreciate help with documentation!
- Bitcoin White Paper
- Bitcoin GitHub
- Subscribe to Bitcoin Dev Mailing List
- Bitcoin IRC Dev Channels
- Mooniversity (Bitcoin Coding Course)
- Bitcointalk.org Development & Technical
- Programming Bitcoin: Learn How to Program Bitcoin from Scratch
- Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain
- Google: "Learn programming online"
Bitcoin Technical Books
Don't know how to code? Learn at:
Bitcoin miners race to be the first to solve a complex mathematical puzzle using special hardare called ASICs. If they win, they get to add a transaction block to the Bitcoin blockchain and get paid bitcoin.
Bitcoin mining requires expensive hardware, high capital and a lot of planning to be profitable.
Join forums and social media platforms to discuss, debate and educate Bitcoin to the uneducated..
Meet people face to face to discuss Bitcoin and build connections! Make some friends with like-minded people along the way too!
Have a friend or family member that wants to get some bitcoin but needs help? Hook them up!
Set them up with a wallet, explain what a wallet backup is and how to secure it. You can show them where to buy bitcoin or even send them some yourself!
"GiveBitcoin" is designed to educate new users and timelock their bitcoin so they can educate themselves before making newbie mistakes like selling because of price volatility.
Financial privacy is extremly important. Did you know that every Bitcoin transactions can be tracked on the blockchain? More coin mixing increases the fungibility of the Bitcoin network for everyone.
Some Bitcoin wallets allow you to change the settings to run it over the TOR network for increased privacy. Some wallets might even run over TOR automatically!
Use Bitcoin via satellite anywhere in the world without an internet connection and without consuming internet bandwidth.
- Blockstream Satellite Info Page
- Buy Blockstream Satellite Kits
- Build Your Own Bitcoin Satellite Node Guide
- Completely Offline Bitcoin Transactions
Use Bitcoin on your phone through a mesh network of other goTenna users. The larger the mesh network, the stronger your signal will be.
Did you know that your ISP can track everything you do online? Other users online can collect information about you as well, such as your location.
With a VPN, you increase your web browsing privacy and are able to view content from other countries. To further increase privacy, register to a VPN service using a dummy account and pay in Bitcoin.
You can download and use TOR web browser for free. It's more privacy oriented than a VPN but will degrade your user experience for everyday web browsing. Some wallets use the TOR network or have an option to enable TOR which doesn't degrade user experience.