Of course some people argue it wasn't the thunderclap that did it - it was China, it was interest in the mainstream media, it was new venture capital investing in Bitcoin projects. However, Dogecoin launched a thunderclap on Dec 25th 2013, which was wildly successful too.
Well, we're going to get another chance to see if thunderclaps really translate into price action as a couple of thunderclaps are due to be unleashed in the altcoin world.
What is a thunderclap, you are probably asking. It's simply a bunch of supporters, networking through their Thunderclap project page. They give thunderclap permission to tweet, facebook and tumble in their name - and on the "release date", thunderclap releases, well a thunderclap of tweets, facebook updates and tumblr posts at the same time. This gets the project to trend on those platforms, which gets the curious to click to see what the fuss is about, and perhaps to retweet or share themselves, creating a snowball effect.
Here are some thunderclaps coming up:
1. Quark thunderclap on April 7th.
2. Spartancoin on April 7th
3. Dogecoin Nascar thunderclap on April 12th
4. Dogecoin awareness on April 25th
5. Operation Doge4ever on May 3rd
Doge obviously really believe in thunderclaps, but it remains to be seen whether the technique works for the other altcoins. The success or failure of a thunderclap obviously depends on how many people participate in the project and what their personal reach is - click through the project links above to see the take-up.
Update April 18th: Did the quark thunderclap work?
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