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Type of site
Available inMultilingual, primarily English
URLWelcome post by Satoshi
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Launched2009; 12 years ago (2009)

Bitcointalk is an Internet forum dedicated to the discussion of bitcoin, blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The forum was initially created by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin in November 2009.


The first user on the forum was named "admin", and has an account registration date of November 17th, 2009. Satoshi Nakamoto created the Bitcointalk forum and posted the first public message in 2009 under the pseudonym "satoshi", an account which was registered on November 19th, 2009.[1]

Originally, the forum was hosted at "", a domain registered prior to the release of Bitcoin's whitepaper.[2][3]

The first bitcoin transaction took place at the forum, when software programmer Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 bitcoins to purchase pizza, three days later a deal could be arranged to purchase two pizzas.[4][5]

The commonly used cryptocurrency-trader meme "HODL" originated from a 2013 Bitcointalk forum post.[6][7]


Initial coin offerings are sometimes announced at the forum.

A 2016 study by researchers from the University of New Mexico, and University of Tulsa, Oklahoma identified 1780 scams, based on forum reports.[8] There is a demand for more privileges for older user accounts. Traded accounts were reportedly used to scam people.


  1. ^ "From Nakamoto to 'HODL': 5 Intriguing Facts About Iconic Bitcointalk Forum". Cointelegraph. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  2. ^ "Bitcoin Forum - Index". 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  3. ^ Bernard, Zoë. "Everything you need to know about Bitcoin, its mysterious origins, and the many alleged identities of its creator". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  4. ^ "8 surprising places where you can pay with bitcoin". Business Insider. December 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "If You Bought $5 of Bitcoin 7 Years Ago, You'd Be $4.4 Million Richer". Fortune. May 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Will This Battle For The Soul Of Bitcoin Destroy It?". Forbes. October 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Only Good Bitcoin Advice Is Four Years Old Today". Motherboard Vice. October 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "A new bitcoin Ponzi scheme or scam pops up almost every day". New Scientist. January 4, 2018.

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