- Justin Sun, CEO of TRON, apologized for a tweet claiming the Tron user base is greater than 10 billion.
- Critics see the tweet as just another cheap marketing prank to get attention.
TRON and its founder Justin Sun are known for their aggressive marketing in the crypto space. But now Sun has made a mistake that, to some critics, is a symbol of supposedly excessive marketing. In a September 19 tweet by Justin Sun that has since been deleted, the CEO wrote, “TRON users exceed 10B [billion]! Next goal 100B! ”.
The claim caused both confusion and amusement in the crypto community as there are actually only 7.8 billion people on the entire planet. The original tweet was also subsequently widely circulated and spread across multiple social media accounts.
Anyway, the crypto community had fun and made a fool of the statement. One running gag was that the 10 billion user count could be real due to fake and duplicate accounts. Crypto analyst Michael van de Poppe joked that aliens could use Tron:
It’s amazing that aliens are using Tron!
When the typo was discovered, those responsible deleted the tweet, even though it had already spread widely on Twitter by then. Ultimately, just 18 hours later, Justin Sun posted an apology for the typo, “Sorry for the typo 18 hours ago.” The Tron Foundation also posted an extensive thread on Twitter also apologizing for the misleading claim.
The slow response time, however, led some critics to speculate that it might as well have been another cheap marketing prank by Sun to get attention. In any case, the TRON Foundation made it clear that the TRON network had more than 10 million users on Saturday, which was a great success for the project.
TRON’s official statistics show that TRON users exceeded 10 million on September 19th. This achievement does not come easily. We have stayed true to our mission since our foundation in June 2018 and have announced this breakthrough to our supporters over the past two years.
Unfortunately, our staff made a mistake by entering 10B instead of 10M and posting the wrong message on Justin’s and TRON’s official Twitter. […] #TRON That way, we realized that at a time when the blockchain industry is in the spotlight around the world, we need to set higher standards for ourselves @Tronfoundation and @justinsuntron come closer to the center with great attention #TRONICS and the public. TRON will learn from this and act more responsibly and cautiously.
However, compared to its main competitor Ethereum, TRON has yet to attract a few new users. According to data from Etherscan, the Ethereum network has nearly 115 million unique addresses.