Bitcoin Lightning Network hits 6,000 nodes after week of Twitter spotlight

posted 10 days ago
Bitcoin’s mainnet Lightning Network implementation hit new records across the board as its rapid growth continues in 2019. Data from monitoring resource 1ML.com confirms the number of active nodes at 6,000, with 25,000 channels, and the overall Lightning transaction capacity, at an all time high (13 month history), is at 660 BTC ($2.4 million).

The increase in size comes as Lightning gains publicity beyond the Bitcoin technical community thanks to a user-driven initiative getting other familiarized with how the network works. Specifically, Lightning Torch, a relay transaction being bounced between nodes, has already gained participation from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in what became a widely-publicized event last week.
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