Bitcoin’s “Lightning Torch” Obscures Importance of Usability

A proof of concept to demonstrate the capabilities of the Bitcoin Lightning Network has seen growing support and use in 37 countries, but has not addressed the usability issues surrounding the technology.

Participants in the Lightning Torch, also known as the “LN Trust Chain”, are supposed to send a transaction around to other Lightning Network users and add 10,000 satoshis every time. So far, it has garnered the use of 139 people in 37 countries. The activity is supposed to highlight the technology and the ability to conduct transactions super cheaply, but it appears to be reminiscent of the early days of cryptocurrency when the technology was first invented, rather than attempting to gain new adoption.


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