#1 Trending : Bitcoin is the Hottest Trend on China’s Search Engine.

April 05, 2019

China’s top internet search engine saw ‘bitcoin’ emerging on the hottest new keyword list. A pointer system on the platform awarded the keyword 9715 points. The trend that came closest to that of bitcoin was almost four times behind at 2236 points. It signified that the digital currency’s volatility stayed well within the mind of an average Chinese internet user.

Bitcoin is now top of the list of trending keywords in the Baidu search engine, China’s equivalent to Google.

After plummeting from the all-time high in late December, Bitcoin reached a low of around $3,200 before surging in recent days above $5,000. The $5,000 line has proved itself to be a crucial battleground as a psychological market of support/resistance. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is testing resistance and trading at $4,997.95.

Understandably, the surge has led to a renewed interest in Bitcoin. The leading cryptocurrency is clearly a hot topic in the enormous Chinese market – Google also shows a major increase.

The following Google Trends search analysis shows a massive spike in Bitcoin searches in recent days. Bitcoin searches more than tripled from 31 to 100 since March 31.

Seeking Alpha wrote in July 2018 that Google Trends could allow analysts to predict a stock market’s performance. The article, penned by Nairu Capital, said that when more users search for keywords such as buy stocks, the stock market does well. Conversely, when keywords like ‘how to short stocks’ trend higher, it signals that more stock investors are bearish.

In bitcoin’s case, the trending keywords across the globe, including China, is more about whys than hows. It merely reflects internet users’ curiosity with the bitcoin price rally. After all, the near-term crypto boom prompted some of the most followed news publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Forbes, to cover it. The coverage reached millions of internet users, made them inquiring, and turned them into a statistic on a Baidu and a Google (and even Bing).
The top bitcoin-related searches on Google and Baidu remains ‘bitcoin price,’ followed by ‘bitcoin news,’ ‘bitcoin stock,’ and ‘BTC USD.’ None of them are about ‘how to buy bitcoin,’ ‘bitcoin buy, and whatnot. If Nairu Capital’s study is to be believed, the BTC boom is not immediately prompting internet users to purchase bitcoin. But the curiosity could lead them to the doorstep of this decentralized digital asset.

Bitcoin’s attractive trend jump on Baidu reflects that Chinese people are still interested in cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, the countries that are leading the trend globally are Nigeria, followed by the Netherlands, South Africa, Austria, and Switzerland. Interestingly, the countries with the most internet users, like the USA and India, are not on the top ten list.

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