Currency stories hosts Natalie Brunel – who has 302,600 followers on Twitter – recalls feeling very nervous before meeting Salvadoran President Najib Bukele in March 2022.
“It was very formal and there were guards outside his office. What’s funny is that it felt very formal outside of his actual office. And then he walked in, and he’s very warm and very generous and very humble.”
Brunel is surprised Bukele learns about bitcoin.
“He was very educated and well-read on the topic of bitcoin and economic theory, and it seemed like he really wanted a positive change for his country by expanding monetary freedom.”
Brunell, who is also a host hard money show, took an unorthodox approach to getting the meeting going, relying on the power of memes that bitcoins would end up working at McDonald’s every time the price dropped — so she put out a call on Twitter asking which McDonald’s could find Bukele In which.
Surprisingly, it worked very well.
Brunel used to work as an investigative journalist covering politics, particularly “public corruption and public officials engaging in things like bribery and manipulation.” But since Bitcoin is not trusted, they suggest that there is no real need to trust the politicians who adopt it.
“I am naturally suspicious of politicians, especially because of my news background. […] I think it’s a very strong statement that it was chosen to make sure it’s legal and protected tender in El Salvador.”
Despite her best efforts, Brunell’s attempt to contact Cathy Wood of ARK Invest using the same method proved unsuccessful in June.
What made Twitter famous?
Brunel never imagined her number of followers would explode the way it did.
“I think the biggest shock, honestly, was when I hit 100,000 followers because I didn’t intend for bitcoin and podcasting to be my full time job.”
She believes she was so caught up in her Bitcoin obsession that when her Twitter following reached six figures, it surprised her.
“I’m really excited about Bitcoin, and I love teaching people about Bitcoin, and I love interviewing people about it, and I didn’t know what was going to happen. So when this following came to pass, I was really grateful.”
What type of content can I expect?
The majority of their content is “very much about bitcoin”.
Whether she’s penning her opinions on the latest developments, sharing video interviews with cool people in the space, or inviting high-profile Bitcoin clients to join her on her podcast, Brunell’s Twitter is a one-stop-shop for all things Bitcoin.
However, there is a useful feel to her Twitter content that is missing from some of the other orange colored accounts.
“I try to keep it real and I try to keep it positive, and I try to talk about things that can really be fixed in our society. And a lot of that can be fixed with Bitcoin.”
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What content do you enjoy on Twitter?
Brunel says she “loves” Twitter content from “notable Bitcoiners” like MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor, economist Lyn Alden, Bitcoin advocate Jeff Booth, and Bitcoin basics Host Preston Beech.
“They are generous with their knowledge, and I am grateful to learn from them,” she says.
“I am a fan of Bitcoin memes, and I love how clever some of the accounts are in this area,” she says.
Brunel predicts that Bitcoin will face “a lot of headwinds” over the next six to twelve months, but believes it will reach “six figures” and all-time highs within the next “24 months.”
While many can’t wait for the bull market to return, Brunel finds itself in a slightly different boat.
“I don’t want Bitcoin to reach ATH anytime soon because I didn’t start stacking until 2017 and I always want to stack more.”
However, she is very excited about the recent developments with Bitcoin ETFs.
“What is different this time around is that the entities applying for the ETF are not native crypto companies, but respected institutions like BlackRock and Fidelity that are deeply embedded in the traditional financial system.”
“This could significantly increase institutional and retail investors, allowing them easy exposure to bitcoin,” Brunel says.
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