Let’s look at some of the top cryptocurrencies that aren’t Bitcoin. Longstanding popular alternatives to Bitcoin including ETH, ETC, XRP, XLM, LTC, XMR, ZEC, NEO, and DASH. New top coins include BCH, EOS, ADA, IOTA, TRON, and ZRX.
Bitcoin Gold is a Bitcoin clone with a few code tweaks. It is the result of a Bitcoin fork. The coin hasn’t been widely embraced yet, but its worth keeping an eye on.
Coinbase has come out and eluded to supporting forks, but now they have officially announced support for Bitcoin forks and other forks.
Between 2017 and 2018 there at least 20 Bitcoin forks planned, if not more. Each fork potentially nets Bitcoin holders “free coins” based on their current Bitcoin holdings.
Some argue that Bitcoin Cash is “better” than Bitcoin because it often has faster transactions, lower fees, and is more profitable to mine. This argument is however misleading.
If you held Bitcoin during the Bitcoin Gold fork, you now have equal parts Bitcoin Gold. Although you can claim your Bitcoin Gold, you should consider “hodling.”
Let us offer a clear warning. Don’t go chasing Bitcoin Gold so hard you get scammed. There are fake wallets and fake instructions floating around. Using them can result in you losing Bitcoin.
After some confusion over Bitcoin Gold, Coinbase has released an official statement on how it plans to handle Segwit2x and Bitcoin Gold.
Bittrex.com, a popular Bitcoin exchange, is offering a different snapshot date than Coinbase for Bitcoin Gold.
Coinbase has come out and announced the Bitcoin Gold fork has already taken place! If that is true, it means the time to get free Bitcoin Gold by holding Bitcoin has already passed.
Bitcoin Gold “hard fork” means “free coins” for holders of Bitcoin, but it is unclear if the snapshot date is Oct. 25, block 491,407, or something else.