Hall of Flames – Cointelegraph magazine

Name: Mason Versluis — known as “The Cryptomason”

Anonymous: Not

Followers on Twitter: 146.2K

Known for: He amassed more than a million followers on social media before he could legally drink in the United States

Who is this guy anyway?

Mason Versluis may only be 22 years old, but he’s already a full-time crypto influencer thanks to his wise old father who introduced him to the world of XRP and Ripple before he was 17.th birthday.

He attributes part of his success to hating his first job in a plant greenhouse, as it forced him to quickly find something else to do because he “wanted to get out right away.”

This led him to run a music marketing agency in university, which in turn led him to quit after a year to focus on work, as he was making some sweet money.

“I was making more money than my professor on the phone, running a music marketing agency.”

How did he become popular on Twitter?

Versluis admits that many of his 146,000 Twitter followers likely came from his TikTok account, where he has amassed more than a million followers.

Versluis decided early on that the key to success was networking with other crypto influencers. This led to occasional likes and retweets from people like XRP crypto enthusiast Bearable Bull, which helped it gain more visibility.

Versluis believes Twitter is “a pretty tough place to grow,” saying “people have to love you for your words.” Paying people certainly works, and in the early days he gave away giveaways with prizes of up to $10,000 in cash and crypto for those who would “like a tweet, retweet and tag three people.”

Did he do it and pay? He assures us that there is “proof for every single tweet”.

“I like to give back. I wouldn’t be in this position if these people hadn’t followed me.”

Being only 22 years old, he feels pressure to be “right and accurate” with what he posts on Crypto Twitter.

“A lot of people think, how could this guy know anything, do I have to be forty-three, fucking three? Why can’t I have an opinion just because of my age?

What you can expect on his Twitter

“You can expect discussion of any current crypto events, breaking news, alpha on major utility coins XRP, HBAR, ETH, QUANT, and controversial hot takes on anything and everything,” he says.

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Twitter beef

Mild beef: The Crypto Lark

The beef Versluis is banging his head on is why Lark Davis — better known as “Crypto Lark” — doesn’t like him. Versluis said he “never had any interaction with him,” but Davis blocked him.

Medium Roast Beef: HEX Community

While Versluis says he’s “neutral” toward HEX, he thinks founder Richard Heart “built a pretty controversial project” and got into some hot water with HEXicans, which he says “really pissed him off.”

After posting a few tweets questioning HEX, which Versluis says, “They weren’t even that bad,” community members made a music video with Versluis’ face on a tombstone that read RIP.

Versluis said, “I felt very weird and threatened,” which got worse when Heart shared the video himself.

“One thing about the HEX people, they’re so willing to turn down a project for you, even if you hate the project – they’re still willing to discuss the topic.”

Premium quality beef: Bitcoin maxis

Versluis went to war with the Bitcoin maxi community after he was quoted in an Insider article saying, “Ethereum will kill Bitcoin.”

Insider debunked the article on social media, which ended with death threats against Versluis on Facebook, which he says are “the only death threats” he’s ever had on social media. Not that he changed his mind:

“The standard position is that ETH will eventually turn Bitcoin.”

Likes on Twitter

Versluis enjoys “controversial people” on Twitter, saying he’s a big fan of The Bearable Bull, Digital Asset Investor, Watcher Guru and Zerohedge. “I only use Twitter for research; everything is crypto on my Twitter.”

Looking ahead

Versluis is quite conservative for an influencer when it comes to predicting Bitcoin’s price for 2023, believing it will reach somewhere around the “$40,000 to $60,000 mark.”

“Nothing is completely immune to a bear market… a major banking change could drive up the price of the token.”

Versluis also believes that “another catastrophic event like FTX will happen.” “What’s meant to come down, will come down,” he says.

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Ciaran Lyons

Ciaran Lyons is an Australian crypto journalist. He is also a standup comedian and has been a radio and TV presenter on Triple J, SBS and The Project.

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