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March 27, 2024

Degen token on Farcaster

Anthony Allen

Popular Farcaster meme coin Degen was created to reward quality content but now it’s gaining attention outside the ecosystem. So what is Degen, how does it work, and what comes after the airdrops?

Of the millions of tokens on Matcha, one meme coin in particular has been going viral on decentralized social media protocol Farcaster: Degen. While Web2 platforms like Twitter are being overwhelmed by bots shilling the latest premined airdrop, Warpcast threads are lovingly spammed with Degen tips from other users. 

“What’s the difference? Spam is spam!”, you might say. Yes, if you pick a trending cast on Farcaster you’ll probably see a dozen or more replies saying the same thing, “420 $Degen”, but these comments are rewarding the original caster for their content. Degen is an eyesore for some, but behind it is one of the fastest growing communities in Web3, and it’s beginning to become more than just a meme. Let’s dive in!

What is Degen?

Degen is an ERC-20 token on Base Layer-2 (L2) that was distributed to Farcaster users through airdrops, according to engagement within the ecosystem. Degen token’s official contract address is 0x4ed4e862860bed51a9570b96d89af5e1b0efefed.

Trade Degen on Matcha now!

Although originally designed as a meme coin awarded to active content creators, Degen has gained utility over time and has started to be adopted in other ways and on other platforms.

Degen airdrop eligibility

Eligible users must subscribe to the Degen channel and hold a minimum amount of Degen in their Farcaster-connected wallet. Once eligible, you are awarded a daily tip balance according to how many points you have, and you can gift those tips to other Farcaster users. Tokens are then distributed at the end of the month. 

Degen tip daily allowance and remaining tips
Your tip allowance is calculated based on engagement.

Check your points and claim your Degen by visiting degen.tips and connecting your wallet. Your Degen tip allowance resets at the end of each day. 

History of Degen token

Degen started as a Farcaster channel where users congregated to discuss the future of another memecoin, Points token, which had seen some controversy at the end of 2023. Degen is a term used by self-identified crypto degenerates who acknowledge their often irrational actions, such as investing money into a project like Points for fun, and embody ‘up-only’ culture by keeping positive vibes flowing even when they’re down bad.

Degen token was introduced as a series of airdrops for the channel, starting in January 2024. Launching on the Base L2 network, it tapped directly into Farcaster engagement metrics, allocating points to channel participants as a reward for creating engaging casts. Those points translated into a share of the first token airdrop.

Breakdown of Degen token distribution
60% of all Degen is reserved for airdrops. Source: degen.tips

The second Degen airdrop put more control in the hands of Farcaster users, who were given a daily points location which they could use to tip other casters simply by commenting a Degen amount. This created a feedback loop where allocations increased based on the previous day’s engagement and tips received. At the end of the first season of Airdrop 2, points were again converted into a share of Degen tokens. 

Currently, the second season of Airdrop 2 is underway, and the tipping mechanics remain the same. What has changed, is that Degen usage has begun to bleed into other communities both within Farcaster and elsewhere, as well as crypto-native apps such as Drakula, Perl, and even Zora, where you can now mint NFTs with Degen!

Degen L3 on Base

The next phase of Degen is the launch of the Degen Layer-3 (L3) chain on Base. This promises to offer lower fees than Base itself, which saw a sudden spike to around $8 per transaction despite the massive gas fee reductions achieved by ERC-4844 in the Ethereum Dencun upgrade. 

Degen Layer-3 launched soon after this article was published, powered by Syndicate, using other providers including Conduit, Decent and Airstack. Airstack was originally included in this article following the announcement of their strategic partnership, providing APIs for developers building on the Degen L3, for which they received a $3 million Degen grant.

Farcaster frames and Degen

Farcaster Frames are interactive applications that can be embedded directly in Farcaster posts. They have played a major role in the massive surge in Warpcast activity since early 2024 and introduced a range of new use cases to the platform. 

Frames and Degen have a mutually beneficial effect on one another. Since Degen is awarded to engaging posts, it has incentivized builders to create Frames which captivate the community and push the boundaries of what is possible.

A farcaster frame by Matcha for Degen claims
Over 2.5 million Degen has been claimed by Matcha users.

In return, Degen has also benefited from being a preferred currency for interacting with Frames and claiming rewards. Matcha has already gifted millions of Degen to users through Frames.

While both Frames and Degen token operate independently of each other, together they have created a circular economy native to Farcaster, and this continues to be strengthened as usage increases both within the ecosystem and outside of it. 

Why is Degen trending?

Degen has been sitting in the Matcha trending token list for weeks, even before the recent price rally. Farcaster itself has seen sustained momentum as Frames and other features are being built out, and Degen may benefit from being closely associated with Farcaster as a whole, as well as speculation over future utility. 

A chart showing the number of unique Degen tippers daily
Over 5000 users tip Degen each day. Source: rchen8 on Dune

Although the value of Degen has now increased several times over, the rate of tipping has been fairly sustained, indicating that it still retains its meme status and lightheartedness, which may be attributed to the fact that tip allocations are reset each day and do not come out of the tipper’s own Degen balance.

More than a meme coin?

While Degen has all the hallmarks of a meme coin, it was designed to foster an engaging community and incentivize quality content, something which was made possible by the Farcaster protocol. Degen is still very much a meme in terms of its cultural position, but it has also found wider utility that resonates with the emerging Farcaster community and Web3 users in general. 

As Farcaster goes from strength to strength, Degen and Frames have caught the attention of a wider audience and may be the catalyst for growth that decentralized social media has long needed. Try it for yourself and get Warpcast today!

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March 27, 2024

Degen token on Farcaster

Degen token on Farcaster

Popular Farcaster meme coin Degen was created to reward quality content but now it’s gaining attention outside the ecosystem. So what is Degen, how does it work, and what comes after the airdrops?

Of the millions of tokens on Matcha, one meme coin in particular has been going viral on decentralized social media protocol Farcaster: Degen. While Web2 platforms like Twitter are being overwhelmed by bots shilling the latest premined airdrop, Warpcast threads are lovingly spammed with Degen tips from other users. 

“What’s the difference? Spam is spam!”, you might say. Yes, if you pick a trending cast on Farcaster you’ll probably see a dozen or more replies saying the same thing, “420 $Degen”, but these comments are rewarding the original caster for their content. Degen is an eyesore for some, but behind it is one of the fastest growing communities in Web3, and it’s beginning to become more than just a meme. Let’s dive in!

What is Degen?

Degen is an ERC-20 token on Base Layer-2 (L2) that was distributed to Farcaster users through airdrops, according to engagement within the ecosystem. Degen token’s official contract address is 0x4ed4e862860bed51a9570b96d89af5e1b0efefed.

Trade Degen on Matcha now!

Although originally designed as a meme coin awarded to active content creators, Degen has gained utility over time and has started to be adopted in other ways and on other platforms.

Degen airdrop eligibility

Eligible users must subscribe to the Degen channel and hold a minimum amount of Degen in their Farcaster-connected wallet. Once eligible, you are awarded a daily tip balance according to how many points you have, and you can gift those tips to other Farcaster users. Tokens are then distributed at the end of the month. 

Degen tip daily allowance and remaining tips
Your tip allowance is calculated based on engagement.

Check your points and claim your Degen by visiting degen.tips and connecting your wallet. Your Degen tip allowance resets at the end of each day. 

History of Degen token

Degen started as a Farcaster channel where users congregated to discuss the future of another memecoin, Points token, which had seen some controversy at the end of 2023. Degen is a term used by self-identified crypto degenerates who acknowledge their often irrational actions, such as investing money into a project like Points for fun, and embody ‘up-only’ culture by keeping positive vibes flowing even when they’re down bad.

Degen token was introduced as a series of airdrops for the channel, starting in January 2024. Launching on the Base L2 network, it tapped directly into Farcaster engagement metrics, allocating points to channel participants as a reward for creating engaging casts. Those points translated into a share of the first token airdrop.

Breakdown of Degen token distribution
60% of all Degen is reserved for airdrops. Source: degen.tips

The second Degen airdrop put more control in the hands of Farcaster users, who were given a daily points location which they could use to tip other casters simply by commenting a Degen amount. This created a feedback loop where allocations increased based on the previous day’s engagement and tips received. At the end of the first season of Airdrop 2, points were again converted into a share of Degen tokens. 

Currently, the second season of Airdrop 2 is underway, and the tipping mechanics remain the same. What has changed, is that Degen usage has begun to bleed into other communities both within Farcaster and elsewhere, as well as crypto-native apps such as Drakula, Perl, and even Zora, where you can now mint NFTs with Degen!

Degen L3 on Base

The next phase of Degen is the launch of the Degen Layer-3 (L3) chain on Base. This promises to offer lower fees than Base itself, which saw a sudden spike to around $8 per transaction despite the massive gas fee reductions achieved by ERC-4844 in the Ethereum Dencun upgrade. 

Degen Layer-3 launched soon after this article was published, powered by Syndicate, using other providers including Conduit, Decent and Airstack. Airstack was originally included in this article following the announcement of their strategic partnership, providing APIs for developers building on the Degen L3, for which they received a $3 million Degen grant.

Farcaster frames and Degen

Farcaster Frames are interactive applications that can be embedded directly in Farcaster posts. They have played a major role in the massive surge in Warpcast activity since early 2024 and introduced a range of new use cases to the platform. 

Frames and Degen have a mutually beneficial effect on one another. Since Degen is awarded to engaging posts, it has incentivized builders to create Frames which captivate the community and push the boundaries of what is possible.

A farcaster frame by Matcha for Degen claims
Over 2.5 million Degen has been claimed by Matcha users.

In return, Degen has also benefited from being a preferred currency for interacting with Frames and claiming rewards. Matcha has already gifted millions of Degen to users through Frames.

While both Frames and Degen token operate independently of each other, together they have created a circular economy native to Farcaster, and this continues to be strengthened as usage increases both within the ecosystem and outside of it. 

Why is Degen trending?

Degen has been sitting in the Matcha trending token list for weeks, even before the recent price rally. Farcaster itself has seen sustained momentum as Frames and other features are being built out, and Degen may benefit from being closely associated with Farcaster as a whole, as well as speculation over future utility. 

A chart showing the number of unique Degen tippers daily
Over 5000 users tip Degen each day. Source: rchen8 on Dune

Although the value of Degen has now increased several times over, the rate of tipping has been fairly sustained, indicating that it still retains its meme status and lightheartedness, which may be attributed to the fact that tip allocations are reset each day and do not come out of the tipper’s own Degen balance.

More than a meme coin?

While Degen has all the hallmarks of a meme coin, it was designed to foster an engaging community and incentivize quality content, something which was made possible by the Farcaster protocol. Degen is still very much a meme in terms of its cultural position, but it has also found wider utility that resonates with the emerging Farcaster community and Web3 users in general. 

As Farcaster goes from strength to strength, Degen and Frames have caught the attention of a wider audience and may be the catalyst for growth that decentralized social media has long needed. Try it for yourself and get Warpcast today!

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