Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin tweeted about the blockchain platform Solana. In his tweet, Buterin argued that “some smart people” had told him there was a “friendly and intelligent developer community” in Solana, and that now “the opportunistic stingy people have been cleaned up”, the chain has a bright future.
“Some smart people tell me there is an earnest smart developer community in Solana, and now that the awful opportunistic money people have been washed out, the chain has a bright future. Hard for me to tell from outside, but I hope the community gets its fair chance to thrive.”
It was unusual for Buterin to make such a good statement about another blockchain platform, causing excitement in the cryptocurrency community. While some saw it as a sign of Buterin’s confidence in Solana’s future, others saw it as a subtle reference to Ethereum’s main competitor. Whatever the intent behind the tweet, Buterin appears to see potential in Solana and believes he has the potential to improve.
Despite his successes, Solana also faced some difficulties. In May 2022, the platform experienced a congestion issue that resulted in high transaction fees and delays. This issue was eventually resolved, but raised concerns about the scalability of the platform. In addition, Solana has faced criticism of high centralization due to a small group of nodes controlling the majority of the network. This centralization has led some to question the decentralization and security of the platform.
Solana and FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, had a close relationship before FTX’s bankruptcy. Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX, was one of SOL’s investors and played a key role in the development and growth of the platform. In fact, FTX was one of the first exchanges to list Solana’s native token SOL and supported the platform with various initiatives.