Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency have been getting the attention of various investors, specially since Tesla owner, and current richest man on the planet, Elon Musk, bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin earlier this year.
Bitcoin enthusiasts have started a new trend, in which people who support the crypto market, especially Bitcoin, have been placing red laser eyes beams in their profile pictures on Twitter.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has also hopped on the trend and updated his Twitter profile picture to that of an anime woman with glowing red eyes and Bitcoin in the background.
This trend has even reached the Congress, and Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis and Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), who have added red laser beams to their Twitter profile pictures. The 66-year-old Republican has been an advocate for bitcoin and is assigned to the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee. “Sen. Lummis is a big supporter of digital assets and financial innovation, and the laser eyes are showing that support,” the statement by given by Cynthia’s office explained.
How did this trend start?
“It’s meant to convey activation and growing power levels,” Neeraj Agrawal, head of communications for cryptocurrency think tank Coin Center, told Decrypt. “Think about when a character’s eyes glow in a movie.”
The origin of this red laser trend is unclear, but it seems like it’s part of a campaign to raise bitcoin’s worth to a $100,000 valuation. Tweets with both #Bitcoin and #LaserRayUntil100k also seem to support this reasoning. On February 15, crypto podcaster Greg Zaj tweeted #LaserRayUntil100k in reference to Bitcoin, which is currently priced at around $55,000, moving up to $100,000.
Bitcoin is the world’s first peer-to-peer cryptocurrency. It was invented by a mysterious inventor Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009 and is regarded as the first digital currency to fix the double spend problem.