What are altcoins? Elon Musk tweets about baby dogecoin, shiba inu

As bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market value, became more mainstream this year, the number of altcoins, or alternative digital coins, such as XRP and polkadot, in the market began to increase rapidly as well.

Some have garnered more attention than others. Dogecoin, for example, is a meme-inspired altcoin that began as a joke in 2013, but recently surged in popularity. To even its co-founder’s surprise, it’s now one of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market value and hit an all-time…

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