30 Apr

Following the April 19 Bitcoin halving, the price of BTC has not been able to continue its upward trend; yet, the network has not stopped producing transactions and headlines. A significant portion of this activity has been attributed to Bitcoin Runes, a technology developed by Ordinals inventor Casey Rodarmor that became operational after the halving. 

Runes have shown their capacity to support future lower block rewards by accounting for $135 million in miner fees following the halving. The signals seem encouraging thus far, but it remains to be seen if the strong interest in Runes can be sustained. Alvin Kan is one person who thinks Bitcoin Runes will have a prosperous future. Because the industry has been actively watched by the Bitget Wallet COO because it is included into the wallet's dapp browser. 

Analyzing Runes

Runes were created to facilitate fungible tokens on the Bitcoin network without causing congestion. They outperform BRC20, the prevalent fungible token standard up until this point, in terms of efficiency and native integration. What Ordinals achieved for NFTs, runes could do for tokens on the Bitcoin network.

Rune follows the same UTXO model as Bitcoin, in contrast to other Bitcoin token specifications. As a result, UTXO management and transaction ordering become more effective. Bitcoin users can now experiment with memecoins and other tokens without worrying about slowing down the network.

Bitget Wallet has always been a proponent of Bitcoin innovation, as evidenced by its swift acceptance of BRC20s and Ordinals. Being one of the first wallets with Runes integrated, users of the non-custodial wallet can utilize the integrated dapp browser to buy and sell Runes assets.

Co-Owner Alvin Kan cites a number of factors for Runes' early success, which included 300 BTC in trading volume in the protocol's first day of launch. He highlights Runes' position as the top Bitcoin tokenization system, which prompted a number of wallets and sites to swiftly add support. Numerous Runes projects' airdropping of tokens to current Ordinals holders has also aided in the massive onboarding of bitcoin users.

Setting a Fee for Bitcoin Transactions

Although miners have profited greatly from the increase in network activity, pocketing tens of millions of dollars in additional fees, consumers have been forced to pay exorbitant fees to have transactions processed. Alvin observes that as interest in Runes reached a fever pitch, fees shot up to 2,000 Sats/byte. Because developers were vying to mint inscriptions in the first block published after the halving, the activity was especially intensive. However, the COO of Bitget Wallet is optimistic that these early issues can be resolved as prices decrease and developers fully utilize Runes' capacity to provide effective UTXO utilization.

Alvin expressed his confidence in the Runes Protocol's future. "This is only the start of a worldwide phenomenon that will undoubtedly become a significant area for innovation in web3."

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