At the time of writing, ETH was trading at $552, with the cryptocurrency gaining by 6.2% over the previous 24 hours. In fact, the transaction fee for ETH had also risen alongside the rise in demand, relative to the previous week, based on trade volume data from spot exchanges. Closer to the launch of ETH 2.0, ETH needs strong social capital to drive its bullish sentiment and price rally towards a high monthly close and a bullish open.
The demand for a project may come from a price rally, or a new ATH, or a social layer. The easiest to capture is the social layer as it has the most visibility and it supports demand growth both in the short and the long-term. For ETH 2.0, the social layer will probably act as social capital, adding to its overall value in the community.
The social layer model has been proven in the past since Bitcoins initial price rallies can be attributed to rapidly rising interest and demand from users through Google Search results and Twitter mentions. Back in 2017, the Google search volume for Bitcoin increased by over 300% overnight, with the price rallying to an ATH of close to $20,000 subsequently.
Though this was not the only factor influencing the price, it does usually have a significant impact on demand and adoption. The current search volume for Bitcoin is nowhere close to the 2017 level based on data from Google. In fact, in the case of Ethereum, the same is just under half the 2017 bull-run level.
To determine the social capital of a project, scores of influencers are determined and there are several projects like Hive.one working on it. Influencers are divided into clusters based on projects they promote or propagate on social media and every time a member of a gi ...
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