Ripple (XRP) just made a major announcement on its Twitter page yesterday that has the crypto community buzzing. It seems that former US President Bill Clinton is speaking at the Ripple Swell conference in early-October.
Bill Clinton is Speaking at the Ripple Swell Conference
We’re thrilled to announce @BillClinton as keynote speaker for this year’s #SwellbyRipple. For more details: https://t.co/KYQgI4YrWv pic.twitter.com/XSo46T2s3d
— Ripple (@Ripple) July 31, 2018
What Bill Clinton has to do with blockchain and cryptocurrency is not immediately clear, but it must be enough to put his face all over social media. The Swell conference will be held in San Francisco on October 1st.
However, most of the crypto community seems highly unimpressed with Ripple Labs’ choice of a keynote speaker this year.
The following tweet sums up many people’s sentiments:
Ummmm…. Am I supposed to be impressed by this? A 71 year old man that obviously knows nothing about payment settlement, international transactions, Blockchain, or Cryptocurrencies. Actually that sounds like just the person to shill how great $XRP is 🤔😂
— Nick Hellmann (@stunad620) July 31, 2018
Another commented said:
Very disappointing! The Clinton’s are the scums if the earth.
— Roger (@rovaking) July 31, 2018
It really just keeps going…
This is an all time low
— AnthonyKarrick (@AnthonyKarrick) July 31, 2018
What, @BillClinton, the guy who said he doesn’t use email is going to be a keynote speaker for a @Ripple event? #SwellbyRipple #cyrpto
— Casey Landry (@MrCaseyLandry) August 1, 2018
For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time Ripple has used high-profile individuals to headline its events, but I don’t think the company expected the reaction it has received from its latest announcement.
The company received way more kudos when Snoop Dogg hit the stage at the Ripple Charity event—even though his performance had nothing to do with crypto. Coincidentally enough, the rapper/singer didn’t even get paid in XRP.
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