What started off as a meme-inspired parody cryptocurrency has now become the center of a series of tweets in a bitcoin sound-off from Elon Musk.
The Tesla (TSLA) CEO tweeted some Bitcoin banter Sunday, including calling bitcoin BS. He shouted out Dogecoin in a tweet saying, “One Word: Doge.”
The tweet sent shares of Dogecoin up nearly 20% and landed it on the list of trending Twitter topics. The tech billionaire even went as far as updating his Twitter bio with the title “Former CEO of Dogecoin.”
Musk’s Twitter antics come as the dominant cryptocurrency surged to all-time highs during the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, bitcoin skyrocketed past the $20,000 mark — topping $24,000 — as the currency continues to grow in popularity among investors.
This isn’t the first time Musk has tweeted about Dogecoin, the bitcoin descendant.
The SpaceX CEO mentioned the digital coin in July when he tweeted “It’s inevitable” with an image depicting the dogecoin standard engulfing the global financial system. The tweet sent shares up 14% at the time.
Dogecoin was created in 2014 as a parody of a popular internet meme “doge”, which involves a picture of a Shiba Inu dog. Although the virtual coin started off as a joke, it currently has a market value of nearly $570 million.