How sharing your bitcoin address just got easier
Tuesday 25 March 2014
With the ever growing number of cryptocurrencies, not to mention the number of addresses one individual might have, keeping track and sending the right address for payment to the right person can be a bit of a hassle. If you ever had to give your cryptocurrency address to someone like a friend, you’d have to find it somewhere, copy it, paste it in an email or something of that sort, and send it.
What if instead of having to go through that inconvenience, you simply gave that friend a memorable username and they could find it from there?
One of the latest services to enter the bitcoin scene is Addie, which claims to make the sharing of your cryptocurrency addresses as simple as this. BitScan have taken a look to see what it is about and whether it is as useful as they claim.
What is Addie?
Addie is an easy-to-use service whereby you create a profile and enter your preferred cryptocurrency addresses for various cryptocurrencies. Currently they support bitcoin, litecoin, peercoin, dogecoin, quark, primecoin, namecoin, and vertcoin. There is a possibility, though, that they may support more in the future.
How do I use Addie?
When you create your profile, you’ll immediately find an “add an address” section; it’ll have a space to input an appropriate cryptocurrency address, as well as a dropdown menu to select which cryptocurrency you’d like that address to be for. So if I wanted to add a litecoin address, I’d have to select “LTC” from the dropdown menu and paste a litecoin address into the input bar.
Once this is done, a “your addresses” section will be created on your profile, which will have your first newly added address on display. You can always add more addresses in the “add an address” section right below it. Also when you hover over an added address, a QR code for it is shown for the convenience of others.
Why use Addie?
Having a username allows people to easily share their cryptocurrency addresses in general. Given this and the fact that they have an easily accessible API, there is potential for services and applications to allow users to use their Addie for cryptocurrency address information rather than going through the inconvenience of finding your address somewhere, copying and pasting it, and so on.
A couple such potential usage examples I got from the Addie development team would be that users can simply submit their Addie when registering for an exchange or mining pool. While these may be simple examples, this can be integrated into any application or service you can think of that requires a cryptocurrency address.
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