According to an image of Google Trends that has been circulating and that tracks interests in Monero by states, the five states that exhibit the most interest are:
What is most interesting about these states is that none of them feature major cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, where most people would think awareness of such technology would be prominent. Although there are many questions that can arise as a result of this finding, one of the most significant is what is behind the interest in Monero?
There are queries related to Monero’s acquisition. There are also instances where Monero has been chosen as the first supported digital asset by Fortnite, a popular game. Another potential explanation for the boost in interest is legal action for defamation by Craig Wright against Hodlonaut. Bill Beatty writes in a Coingeek article, As Wright’s attorneys make clear, Wright
“has not fraudulently claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. He is Satoshi Nakamoto. He produced the report Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System in October 2008, sent the first Bitcoin to Hal Finney in January 2009 and played an integral part in the development of Bitcoin. He has explained his role in detail on previous occasions.”
Hodlonaut’s Twitter page is offline and according to the article, Wright is reportedly offering a $5,000 reward for his identity. At the end of the day, this issue could be the main driving force behind Monero’s popularity – but who knows.