The acceptance of Bitcoin is set to skyrocket as the Square Cash app is now allowing a select few to buy and sell the digital currency.
It’s been a long, hard road as Bitcoin and other digital currencies have sought mainstream acceptance. All that effort is slowly paying off as major financial institutions are getting involved in cryptocurrency, and another huge step has just been taken. News has started to spread that a small number of users of the Square Cash app can now use it to buy and sell Bitcoin.
Huge deal if @Square customers can soon buy bitcoin, opening up an entirely new market of users and a great UX. ?? https://t.co/WuEhS5IqLG
— elizabeth stark (@starkness) November 15, 2017
A Monumental Development
The fact that some people can use the Square Cash app to deal in Bitcoin has come as a surprise. There was no big announcement beforehand touting this new feature, but the word has gotten out and has started to spread like wildfire.
Square has acknowledged the Bitcoin feature of the Cash app, and they issued a statement, saying:
We’re always listening to our customers and we’ve found that they are interested in using the Cash App to buy Bitcoin. We’re exploring how Square can make this experience faster and easier, and have rolled out this feature to a small number of Cash App customers. We believe cryptocurrency can greatly impact the ability of individuals to participate in the global financial system and we’re excited to learn more here.
One Happy CEO
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Square (and Twitter), has to be grinning from ear to ear with the reaction to this development. He has long been a major proponent of blockchain technology, and he recently discussed in an interview about how a lot of people asked him on a recent trip back home to St. Louis about how to buy Bitcoin. He said:
I said why do you want to buy Bitcoin, and they said, I heard it was a fast, easy way to make money. So I said, you want to treat it like an investment, and they said yes, someone said it’s like digital gold… It was just amazing how mainstream the brand is.
the experience is instant and seamless. here is a video showing where it is in the app: pic.twitter.com/GMJulaQWVr
— Zach Miles (@zachmil_es) November 15, 2017
The new Bitcoin functionality on the Square Cash app is huge. Dorsey hinted in the interview above how Bitcoin could be a tool that Square offers to merchants. Many Americans, and others around the world, would be thrilled to make purchases using Bitcoin via the app.
As for now, only a small number of users of the Square Cash app can buy, hold, and sell Bitcoin. It cannot be used to make payments, but chances are that it’s only a matter of time if this test run is successful. Bitcoin has been blowing up all year, and it looks like it’s going to erupt again.
What do you think about the Square Cash app allowing people to buy and sell Bitcoin? Is this a huge leap forward in Bitcoin acceptance? Let us know in the comments below.
Images courtesy of Square, Bitcoin, Twitter/@starkness, and Twitter/@zachmil_es.