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AI and Meme Coins Top Investment Trends in Crypto, Solana Leads with Increased Investor Interest

Last Updated April 18, 2024 4:30 PM
James Morales
Last Updated April 18, 2024 4:30 PM

Key Takeaways

  • Meme coins and AI were the top trending crypto investment themes in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Among blockchain ecosystems, Solana drove the most interest.
  • AI tokens continue to attract significant attention from investors.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and meme coins were the most popular narratives that captured crypto investors’ attention in the first quarter of 2024.

That’s the finding of CoinGecko’s analysis of trending categories in crypto, which also observed that Solana was the most talked-about blockchain ecosystem in the quarter.

Interest in Solana Ecosystem Runs High

Reflecting its rising prominence in the crypto space, the report noted that Solana attracted 6.78% of all web traffic to CoinGecko categories  pages in the first 3 months of the year, making it the most visited ecosystem category on the site. 

A key pillar of investors’ interest in Solana is the blockchain’s native token itself.

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Source: CoinGecko 2024 Q1 Crypto Industry Report.

From $101 at the beginning of the year, SOL doubled to $202 at its most recent peak on March 18. 

Other Solana tokens fared even better. Most notably, Bonk and DogWifHat helped establish Solana as a major meme coin player.

Solana Meme Coins

Solana meme coins sit at the intersection of interest in the ecosystem itself and another one of GoinGecko’s top trending narratives.

As a category in and of itself, Solana meme coins attracted 4.77% of all CoinGecko traffic.

Accounting for 10.44% of all traffic, meme coins in general were the second most popular category after AI.

Trending AI Tokens

Attracting more traffic than any other category on CoinGecko, AI emerged as the top trending narrative of the quarter.

Five cryptocurrencies commonly associated with AI now have a market capitalization of more than a billion dollars. 

These include old tokens that have benefitted from new AI-focused use cases like The Graph’s GRT. A decentralized blockchain data indexing protocol, The Graph could soon enable AI-powered crypto analysis by plugging foundation models  into live blockchain data feeds.

Meanwhile, later AI crypto platforms have also attracted significant attention.

Recent breakouts include Render (RNDR) and Fetch.ai (FET), the latter of which could soon merge with SingularityNET and Ocean Protocol to create single unified token that will power all 3 platforms.

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