It's All About the Bitcoins

Titcoins! What Porn Can Do for Bitcoin

xbdz6h Titcoins! What Porn Can Do for BitcoinBitcoiners are always griping that the e-currency needs more users, not more publicity. The intersection of Bitcoin and porn, however, is likely to bring both. But the question is a logical one: if Silk Road brought Bitcoin into use by letting people buy drugs and other useful things semi-anonymously, perhaps taboo-but-legal sites could do the same. “Bitcoin won’t be popular until porn sites start accepting it as a discrete alternative to credit cards, which are a huge barrier to entry I think for many of their potential customers,” writes one user over on Reddit. Another pointed out that porn sites have been early adopters of technology before: “Porn used SD video cameras like the Sony VX1000 that proved small chip video was good enough for the small screen. The VCR, the DVD all owe their success, at least partially, to porn.”

It’s not that it hasn’t been tried: Wetcoin.co.cc launched back in July, an “adult-orientated website” that charged small amounts of BTC for downloads and required no registration. (The site is now defunct.) Cam4.com was another experiment, now defunct, which allowed users to tip amateur girls with proprietary “tokens,” which could be bought on the secondary market at xxxcoin.com (defunct), for Bitcoins.

The blog Bitcoin Porn is a Tumblr with information about Bitcoin interspersed with porn. There are no purchases possible, but you can support the site with a BTC donation. There is an associated podcast as well as a Twitter.

There is the argument that the fledgling currency should try to associate itself with more acceptable ecommerce like bit-strawberries rather than be thought of as the medium of exchange for drugs and porn. But needless to say, if Bitcoiners could get enough adult sites to accept Bitcoin, the e-currency would gain access to a massive audience. “That was actually the idea I had in mind when I bought titcoins.com, but I haven’t had any time to bring it to fruition,” another Bitcoin-Redditor commented.

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Comments

  1. Support says:

    Have a look at http://bitmit.net , it is a ebay like site for bitcoin

  2. Gavin Johnson says:

    After drugs and porn is gambling. All the same argument apply, surprising that there isn’t more competition to http://betsofbitco.in/

  3. Shane says:

    This is the most mindless “piece” of yours yet. I’m so tired of the porn adoption = success trope. This is a lame attempt to tie a novel new technology to the nastiest possible garbage. And that image is disgraceful. I’m no prude, but it has no other purpose but to shock readers and further strengthen the author’s invented link of bitcoin to smut.

  4. anon says:

    staremagazine.com accepts bitcoins

  5. Adrianne you should stop by the Bitcoin booth at CES this week.  Booth 70018.  we have some awesome new bitcoin stuff.