On December 6th, @Lightning Tweeted that the Lightning Network had been used to make two small purchases:

Announcing the first-ever interoperable Lightning transactions using real bitcoin with @acinq_co@blockstream! We bought a Starblocks coffee ☕️ and a https://t.co/XOnbhZMCZG article ?. https://t.co/jJ90GHpmr5https://t.co/Vvw7YaFxII

— Lightning (@Lightning) December 6, 2017

While the average onlooker might wonder what the “big deal” is about Bitcoin being used to buy a cup of Starbucks Coffee and a Yalls.org article, the crypto community has a reason to get excited.

Scalability and high transaction fees have ... (read more)