Blockworks looked back at 2022 from the point of view of the crypto community on Twitter — the favorite social network of many blockchain enthusiasts.
From the FTX exchange to the Ethereum Fusion, passing through the collapse of Terra Luna, the ups and downs have all been immortalized in the history of the internet through Twitter.
Here’s a list of some of the most liked tweets by some of the industry’s most prominent figures this year.
1. Elon Musk (789.2 thousand likes)
In first place with the most likes for a crypto-related tweet is Elon Musk, billionaire and current CEO of Twitter.
With 789,200 likes, the businessman’s Nov. 18 tweet is a meme about FTX’s loss of user funds and mocks the US Federal Trade Commission for focusing its investigations on Twitter.
The tweet became the platform’s “pic of the day”, with one user asking if the image should be edited to refer to the more than nine billion dollars FTX lost, instead of just over a billion.
2. Vitalik Buterin (194.9 thousand likes)
The co-inventor of Ethereum announced on September 15 that The Merge had been completed, an event that saw the blockchain’s consensus algorithm switch from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake.
This “big moment for the ecosystem”, as Buterin tweeted, served to reduce the grid’s energy consumption by 99%, in addition to reducing the time to verify blocks, resulting in an increase in their daily production.
After The Merge, Ethereum developers are putting together the first of many more updates, which will focus on allowing the withdrawal of staking ethers and is scheduled for March.
This is Vitalik’s most liked tweet of all time:
Changpeng “CZ” Zhao (136.9k likes)
The most popular tweet in history from Binance CEO and co-founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao comes third on the list. It was published on August 2nd and has a message about “building”.
On that day, crypto bridge Nomad had lost over $190 million to hackers, the third biggest bridge hack of 2022, just behind the Ronin (625 million) and Wormhole (325 million) attacks.
CZ’s tweet likely referred to the divide between good and bad actors in the community and encouraged the use of cryptocurrencies for their original purpose.
4. Nayib Bukele (100.2 thousand likes)
El Salvador’s leader Nayib Bukele, president of the first country to consider bitcoin its official currency, tweeted that he had “bought the dip” of bitcoin on May 9.
With 100,200 likes, this tweet was posted on the day that Terra’s stablecoin, UST, dropped to 95 cents. Terra’s native token LUNA ended up going to zero later that week, marking the start of this year’s bear market.
While the bitcoin price had been steadily dropping throughout the year, it dropped precipitously over the course of that week, when the average bitcoin price hovered around $30,000, a figure not seen since July.
On November 17, Bukele pledged to buy one bitcoin a day.
Michael Saylor (87.5k likes)
MicroStrategy founder Michael Saylor took fifth place with a tweet made on the same day as Bukele’s, just a little earlier.
Saylor, considered a bitcoin maximalist, tweeted a photo of himself dressed in a McDonald’s uniform and the following caption: “Monday morning it’s time to go back to work.”
Reflecting on the bitcoin price drop, Saylor was referencing the joke that people would need to get jobs at fast food outlets if the price of cryptocurrencies continued to fall. Fun fact: MicroStrategy was hired by McDonald’s for $10 million in 1992.
6. Sam Bankman-Fried (58.4 thousand likes)
Infamous former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried received his record number of likes on his apology thread. “I fucked up and should have acted better,” he said.
The 22-part tweet was published the day before Bankman-Fried’s resignation as CEO of FTX Group and the exchange’s filing for bankruptcy, which was followed by around 130 companies associated with FTX Group that also started their voluntary processes of bankruptcy that same day.
Bankman-Fried was recently arrested in the Bahamas and extradited to the United States, where he was released after a federal court in Manhattan offered him $250 million in bail, secured by Bankman-Fried’s family home in California.
Do Kwon (41 thousand likes)
Rounding out our list is another prominent community figure who has fallen out of favor. Do Kwon, the co-founder and CEO of Terraform Labs, is being sought internationally for his connection to the collapse of the Earth’s ecosystem.
After his tweet announcing a “recovery plan” on May 10, Kwon is rumored to be in Serbia or Dubai.
Meanwhile, the Terra Ecosystem Rival Plan created a new Terra blockchain without the algorithmic stablecoin, renaming the old versions to Terra Classic (USTC) and LUNA Classic (LUNC),
The South Korean businessman has remained active on social media and continues to say that he is not hiding or running from the authorities.
Translated and adapted from Blockworks