Trumpchain Revealed: The Man Behind the Blockchain Parody

CoinDesk gives a short spotlight to the man behind a popular blockchain Twitter account that could be coming to a close with the US election.

AccessTimeIconNov 8, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 6, 2023 at 3:19 p.m. UTC

Social media is no stranger to bitcoin and blockchain parody accounts, but given the state of recent debates, none was perhaps a better industry barometer than Trumpchain.

A mysterious parody account that used the likeness of the presidential candidate (and his signature Twitter tactics), Trumpchain emerged this year as a short-lived Startup L Jackson for the blockchain industry, one ready to dispense wisdom on everything from bitcoin's block size debate to ethereum's hard fork with the candidate's usual bombast.

Trumpchain seemed to be at its best in Tweets that amplified the already outsized drama in the space, drawing comparisons between Iran's use of nuclear weapons with the hostility many have aimed at the big banks, and always ready to build a wall around whatever was unpopular.

Indeed, at points, even the tech-generated Tweets (often nonsensical word soups of terms) seemed to poke fun at the state of the industry's increasingly complex nomenclature.

But one complexity is now coming to a close, as CoinDesk can reveal that Trumpchain's curator is none other than former Square engineer and the newest employee for blockchain startup Chain, Tony Arcieri.

In interview, Arcieri said that, while notable for the blockchain Twitterarti, he feels the handle may have ultimately made a bigger point about the US election.

Arcieri told CoinDesk:

"I think with the polarization, it definitely made something of a statement about that. In the tweets, he ended up having inconsistent views, like Trump himself."

Arcieri noted also that he will be voting for Trump's rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton today, and that he is hoping for a Trump loss.

Asked whether he will shut down the account following the election, Arcieri was less clear, noting that, like many things, this may be determined by today's results.

Yet, if tomorrow does mark the end, it doesn't have to be goodbye forever.

CoinDesk has curated a few of our favorite tweets below:

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) January 24, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) September 28, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) September 27, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) September 27, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) July 19, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) July 5, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) June 19, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) May 25, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) April 4, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) April 1, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) March 20, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) March 13, 2016

— Trumpchain (@trumpchain) February 27, 2016

Image via Trumpchain


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