BitShares Has About 33,000 Active Users

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While Bitshares has 138,000 accounts with BTS, only about 33,000 have been active in the last month. Bitshares is a decentralized open block chain crypto-currency exchange. As a result, one is able to view the holdings of every account and one can look at the balance of every account.

Great, let’s take a look at the BitShares Data and get a good basic understanding of what is going on the in the blockchain.

First off there are 138,000 BTS accounts.

I downloaded this data and did some analysis in excel.

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So if we divide the users into 10 groups based on balance we get 10 groups of accounts each with 13,885 accounts. Ranking these accounts by value, the richest 1/10 of the accounts have 99.5% of all the money.

Yes, you read that the top 10% of the accounts have almost all the money.

Hint: Most of these are dead accounts.

Ok so how many of the accounts have had a change in BTS balance from June 1 to June 28?

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So of the 138K account only 33,000 accounts have had a change in BTS activity.

One can assume that those accounts traded in the last month, and all other accounts have not.

(See since BTS is the default way to pay trading fees, if an account has not had any change in BTS there is a good chance that account has not traded. While it is true that trading fees can be paid, in other coins, we are simplifying the analysis for our purposes.)

How many accounts trade on any given day?
That is around 10K to 12K.

How many of these accounts are bots?

Some. Most of the active ones are.

So Lets take a look at a little of the raw data….

Who are the richest accounts?

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Note: This only includes accounts on the decentralized exchanges not BTS on other exchanges.

So how about a few random looks alphabetically…

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If you are having trouble coming up with account names… you can go for more z’s.

Some of the account names are 63 characters long.

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And they can be a little interesting…

Ok so that seems mildly interesting and a little pointless.

So how many people are really “on the exchange”

Well there are 15,500 accounts with more than 1,000 BTS

There are 27,400 accounts with more than 100BTS

There are 94,000 accounts with less than 5 BTS.

So there are between 20,000 to 40,000 real accounts on Bitshares. There is another 100,000 accounts that were likely used in the past or are currently inactive.

Now this is only including accounts that held BitShares. If you don’t have BTS in your account you are not “real” in my book. I have heard reports, of account numbers in the 1 million range. That is to say there is a large number of accounts that do not hold BTS, but have been registered. I have seen evidence to indicate those numbers are true but do not have a conclusive way to easily confirm that.

The number of people that are active on a platform can be an important number to know. This frequently gets misquoted. I wanted to set the number straight. You are welcome to check my numbers. There are other ways to slice and dice these numbers, but ultimately, BitShares has a certain number of active users. There is nothing wrong with people coming here to change coins and leaving. There is no way to “close” an account. I do think there is some highly suspicious mass account creation going on. I don’t know the purpose of it though, so I am just saying… it is there. Go research it yourself.

There are several block explorers that can help in your analysis...

That said, diving into the data can be useful and interesting.

Have fun browsing the blockchain.

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Thank you @cryptick for your analysis. It is great to see how active the BitShares blockchain is. I would love to see some more graphics about your figures that we could share on the social media.

@cryptick you were flagged by a worthless gang of trolls, so, I gave you an upvote to counteract it! Enjoy!!

I trade there daily,there are some people there,but mostly bots.

great work. So the shortage of bitshares is too few people are really using the dex.

Absolutely Correct!

So recently, there has been some discussion about fee schedules. I believe the BTS needs to raise fees in a sustainable way. What exactly this means, well, it is complicated. One way we might be able to backwards figure out what fee to charge is look at the total cost/budget we want for the BitShares blockchain, and then divide that by the actual (not an inflated) number. Another way is to look at what competitors are charging. There are lots of factors to take into account. The average credit card transaction pays a about $1.50 in transactions fees (mostly paid by merchant.)

Can you do the same analysis on WAX?

So 90% of the data you need to do that analysis is located here.

So what one can do is download the data now, then download it again in 30 days. Then compare the two. Spreadsheets make it easy to do this, but if that is difficult, a random sampling of data will likely give you a close idea as well.

So I followed up on this data set 6 months later. Of the top 64,000 accounts only about 17,800 had a change in balance 6 months later. 72% were not active and these held 40% of the tokens. (in this data set). Given the great crypto winter bear market, it is not surprising to see less activity. This followup data point does not include new accounts opened since.

So there is another site that gives a "active users in the last 24 hours" number. This data is compiled a little differently, in that it looks at all users, or all accounts. That would obviously result in different numbers. I am guessing these numbers would be able 25-50% more than what I had calculated. That said they may be easier to generate on a consistent basis.
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