Lightning in 2018

Below is an archived and reformatted tweetstorm from Nov 29, 2018. Enjoy!

#1

Lightning Network is on fire lately

12500 channels (up 38% this month) 4000 nodes (up 9% this month) 450 BTC capacity (up 317% this month!) Hundreds of apps & integrations

Just saw the #LightningHackdayNYC demos and was super impressed, wouldn’t bet against lightning right now

stats

#2

Starting a comprehensive thread of @lightning resources and apps.

First off, here’s a site with more stats: https://1ml.com/statistics

#3

There are now over 20 lightning maps and explorers. Here’s a partial list:

https://gist.github.com/bretton/798ec38165ffabc719d91e0f4f67552d

#4

Here’s a particularly slick Lightning Explorer:

https://explorer.acinq.co/

#5

There are now dozens of mobile wallets for Lightning (17 currently listed at http://lightningnetworkstores.com/wallets)

mobile wallets

#6

Zap is a beautiful Lightning wallet for macOS & iOS

It’s only on test-net for now but use test-net sites & you’ll get an identical experience

https://zap.jackmallers.com/

zap desktop

#7

For the full main-net experience on iOS today you should get Thin Wallet, but you’ll need to run your own node

https://www.lndthinwallet.com/

thin wallet

#8

Android users should try Eclair, though Lightning support is limited to sends while deposits have to be made on chain for now

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.acinq.eclair.wallet

eclair wallet

#9

For the full Lightning experience on Android today you should get “Bitcoin Lightning Wallet”

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lightning.walletapp

bitcoin lightning wallet

#10

Joule is an insanely convenient browser extension that lets you make instant payments from right in the browser with the WebLN protocol (similar experience to Web3)

https://lightningjoule.com

joule home joule payment

#11

Casa Node is a device for your home that runs a Lightning Node for you

https://keys.casa/lightning-bitcoin-node/

casa node

#12

Yalls is a pay-per-view content site that’s the first of its kind:

  1. Can support real micro-payments
  2. Works w/out a membership subscription
  3. Uses open protocols & supports multiple payment apps
  4. Is usable w/ just a click, w/out signup

https://yalls.org/

yalls

#13

This directory lists 171 lightning network stores on mainnet:

http://lightningnetworkstores.com/

#14

4000 active merchants now accept Lightning through Coingate

https://coingate.com/

#15

Don’t yet have a Lightning wallet and want to pay Lightning invoices?

Submarine Swaps lets you send them Bitcoin and will pay the invoice for you!

https://submarineswaps.org/

#16

Lightning Roulette lets you play for lightning awards:

https://lightning-roulette.com/

#17

Satoshis Place is a collaborative artboard where you can send a lightning payment to paint a single pixel at a time

https://satoshis.place/

#18

lndwork lets you complete tasks for lightning payments

https://www.lndwork.com/

#19

Here’s a reddit thread on more Lightning resources:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/7pwna9/lightningnetworkmegathread/

#20

Amazing work @starkness @roasbeef @jackmallers @alexbosworth @wbobeirne @jeremyrwelch @lopp @stile65 @bitconner @johanth @bvu @tdryja @jcp @rustytwit @snyke @AlenaSatoshi @tankredhase @dickersondes @vallywal @joostjgr @CReckhow @andrewshvv & many others I’m missing. Keep it up!

Full Thread

https://twitter.com/ryaneshea/status/1068172724835618816