On Friday (October 29), the two most popular dog meme coins, i.e. Shiba Inu ($SHIB) and Dogecoin ($DOGE), continued their flight for the title of ninth most valuable cryptoasset by market cap.

On Wednesday (October 27), Joe Weisenthal, the executive editor of news for Bloomberg Digital, looked at $DOGE and $SHIB, and explained why the former is now considered boring while the latter is considered cool.

Weisenthal, who is “also the co-anchor of ‘What’d You Miss?’, Bloomberg Television’s flagship markets program, as well as Bloomberg’s ‘Odd Lots’ podcast”, shared his thoughts about these two highly popular meme-based cryptoassets in today’s Bloomberg Markets newsletter.

Weisenthal says that although “it’s tempting to just call SHIB just a Dogecoin ripoff,” it has two big advantages over its older rival:

  • SHIB is built on Ethereum, and so has more advanced smart-contracting Profile capabilities.
  • SHIB is a lot cheaper.

In other words, Weisenthal is saying that unlike $DOGE, $SHIB more than just a meme coin since there is a lot more to it than just being a dumb cryptocurrency since Shiba Inu has decentralized exchange ShibaSwap — which “gives users the ability to DIG (provide liquidity), BURY (stake), and SWAP tokens to gain WOOF Returns through our sophisticated and innovative passive income reward system” — and support for NFTs. And of course, as many $SHIB fans are aware, there are other interesting products being worked on by the $SHIB dev team as part of Shiba Inu Phase 2, such as blockchain Shibarium, stablecoin SHI, and e-commerce platform ShibaNet.

In contrast, he says that $DOGE — like Bitcoin — “just sits there” waiting for billionaires such as Elon Musk and Mark Cuban to tweet about it.

Also, Weisenthal believes that the fact that one $SHIB costs much less than one $DOGE makes buying a large quantity of coins much more affordable for ordinary retail investors.

He went on to say:

You might still say it’s a total joke, and that there are more serious crypto projects that should be getting attention. And maybe that’s true. But as the longtime holder who goes by Shib Barbie on Twitter told me: ‘People are always going to hate things that aren’t what they view as serious. Take the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) for example. There are still people who don’t consider them seriously films, despite making obscene profits and getting rave reviews.’

And he closed his report by saying that he expected $SHIB to flip $DOGE “any day now” and to “expect all out chaos in the memecoin community if it happens.”

Well, Weisenthal’s prediction about the “flippening” came true just hours after he wrote the above piece.

This was the first time that $SHIB had entered the top 10 part of the market cap table, and naturally the SHIB Army was celebrating:

This victory by $SHIB over rival dog coin $DOGE led New Zealand-based crypto analyst and influencer Lark Davis to mock $DOGE and declare $SHIB “the new dog in town.”

However, much to display of the $SHIB holders, the following day, perhaps due to some profit taking by some $SHIB holders, $DOGE managed to move back into 9th place.

And now, one day later, these two meme-based cryptoassets have traded places again.

According to data by TradingView, on crypto exchange FTX, currently (as of 18:55 UTC on October 29), $SHIB is trading at $0.007463, up 12.73% in the past 24-hour period.

One-Day SHIB-USD Price Chart (FTX) by TradingView

In contrast, on crypto exchange FTX, $DOGE is currently trading at $0.2935, down 4.30% in the past 24 hours.

As for Shiba Inu’s decentralized exchange ShibaSwap, it seems that today it had its second highest ever trading volume.


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