[–]BillyM2kDogecoin co-founder 97 points ago

Wow. This news report is like, perfect.







I got in touch with the co-founders of Dogecoin, ex-IBM engineer Billy Markus and marketer Jackson Palmer, to ask a few questions about the lighthearted start-up digital currency. Dogecoin is on the rise in the past couple of days, with the trading price of coins up 911% over this time last month.

Not just another Bitcoin spin-off, Dogecoin is notable for its community’s effort to raise US$30,000 to send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Winter Olympics in Sochi (in some kind of hilarious 21st century version of Cool Runnings). The Dogecoin Foundation, and key members of the /r/dogecoin community on Reddit, are constantly involving themselves in new charitable initiatives, including Doge4Kids, crowdsourcing service dogs for children in need.

… Jackson owned dogecoin.com, but you do have to make a node (an initial machine for people to sync with), and as the dogecoin network scales, many nodes, so I spend a few hundred dollars a month on nodes on various VPS systems around the world.

/r/Dogecoin has 35,000 subscribers, active pools of miners, and quite a bit of publicity recently. Like Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin, do you think you could disappear and have the coin and community live on and grow? How instrumental has your role been in the philanthropic side of Doge?

JP: We’re over 45,000 subscribers now (Ed: 60,000 at time of publication!), and it’s not slowing down. I spent a lot of time on the subreddit and the community really has a kind heart. Dogecoin and the community kind of runs itself, but I like to be involved and chime in where I feel like I can help.

I think it’s important that we never take ourselves too seriously (cough cough, Bitcoin) and keep the generous vibe going. I really want us to focus on more life changing charity work in the future.

BM:  I want to be involved as long as people are continuing to enjoy the currency and need a developer. I’ve donated quite a bit to the things I value the most — dev help, people running expensive nodes for the network, and eSports outreach (including prize pools for eSports tournaments).

What do your colleagues and friends think about Dogecoin? Is it odd telling people that you’re one of the founders of an increasingly popular cryptocurrency based on an Internet meme?

JP: The crew at Adobe are aware and are quite supportive of my moonlighting as the founder of a digital currency. I’m making no money off the project (the coin wasn’t pre-mined), so I dedicate my evenings to Dogecoin out of the passion I have for the project, and based on the kindness of the community.

BM: Most everyone thinks it’s some combination of hilarious and a sign that the world has gone crazy. I tend to agree.

Dogecoin facebook tipping add testing


Needing help to test Facebook Tipping app! (self.dogecoindev)

submitted ago by lavacaballero

Greetings people 🙂 I’ve finished the core of the Facebook Tipping App I’ve started developing few days ago.

For reference, you can see the next two posts (intended to devs):

In short words, I’m developing as I’ve previously said: a platform instead of just a bot.

Right now, the working elements are:

  • The dogecoin daemon interface (the most secured part)
  • The tipping provider interface (the highly secured-yet attackable part)
  • The client app (which the final user goes over).

Getting your hands on it

Right now, the tipping goes over the “GiveDogesTo” group. It’s the only feed I could monitor with no issues.

In order to get started, you must authorize the app, then join the group and post your commands there (only tipping). The withdraw requests go over the app’s dashboard.

Tipping commands are issued every minute. The app sends requests to join if you’re tipping someone who isn’t registered, and it sends tipping+balance notifications to recipients and senders when the transfer success.

[Edit] It is was registered as a game but that’s no more 🙂 …at the end, it didn’t loose functionality with the Graph API.

Here be the links

One last note

Please be patient and don’t manage too much coins right now. I’ve ran several tests and got no issues, but in the case of an apocalyptic crash, I can’t afford refunding thousands of doges to affected users.

Wall Street Journal



WSJ Bit beat

– Okay, dogecoiners, you got us. It may surprise people who don’t even know about bitcoin to learn that there are number of alternative, electronic currencies out there. They include litecoin, Ripples, Mastercoin, Quark, the soon-to-come auroracoin (for Icelanders)…and dogecoin, a newcomer that started out just in December as something of a joke — the “doge” refers to an Internet meme that involves Shiba Inus and various sayings and haikus. But it’s grown rapidly, thanks in part we assume to a rabid fan base.

After a raucous party in downtown Manhattan that ended with the Shiba emblem stuck to the Wall Street bull statue, this fan base decided over the weekend to make it their goal to get BitBeat to write about their favorite currency. One acolyte posted his email to us on a reddit board, and encouraged others to also write us. They did. A lot.

Granted, dogecoin has gone from Internet meme to one of the top five alt-coins in a matter of months, and granted there are also some features to it that may even improve upon bitcoin’s system. Certainly, having fun and encouraging others to do the same can be a very effective strategy to build buzz and goodwill. That the community was able to donate enough doegcoins (more than $30,000) to get the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Olympics was a stroke of marketing genius.

But it’s worth remembering, too, that in the world of virtual currencies, there is almost no barrier to entry, and the success or failure of a system will depend upon its utility and its supporters. Because ultimately all these currencies – whether its dogecoin, bitcoin, or the U.S. dollar – are really just tools that aid commerce and business. How well they achieve that goal is the real measure of success.

On the other hand, it’s hard to take seriously a currency based on dog haikus.

So, there you go, dogecoiners. We’ve answered your fervent request, and to show how simpatico we are with your cause, we composed our own dogecoin haiku:

Dogecoin fans write us
Begging for some attention.
Shiba cracks hard snow. (Paul Vigna/Mike Casey)