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Solana: Will the Flood of Meme Coins Be SOL’s Downfall?

Over 100,000 new tokens, mostly meme coins, have been launched weekly in Solana’s ecosystem, attracting fraudsters. Experts estimate 99% are scams, tarnishing Solana’s image and risking its price stability. Successful meme coins like BONK differ, having fair initial distributions. The rampant scams threaten Solana’s future by deterring serious investors and damaging its credibility.




In the Solana (SOL) ecosystem, meme coins are springing up like mushrooms. The reasons for this are not that complicated, but the risks are. We explain what the Solana meme coins trend is all about.

More than 100,000 new tokens have been launched in the Solana ecosystem every week since spring, and the trend is not slowing down. The majority of these new coins are in the meme coin category, and examples like JENNER demonstrate the hype. But experts estimate that 99 percent of the new Solana meme coins are simply scams.

In no other large ecosystem than Solana is it as easy and inexpensive to launch your own tokens. This would actually be a quality feature for SOL and has paid off in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector, for example. But on the other hand, the situation magically attracts fraudsters. With little effort, they can launch meme coins and often find SOL investors who supposedly do not want to miss out on huge profit opportunities.

After all, Solana meme coins such as BONK or dogwifhat (WIF) have made it into the TOP 100 of the most capitalized cryptocurrencies

Why shouldn’t such stories repeat themselves, many risk-taking speculators believe. But the meme coins that have been successful for a long time are based on communities and were distributed more or less fairly at the start. In the thousands of scams, on the other hand, the fraud was planned from the start and those responsible quickly make a run for it once they have realized their profits.

The even bigger problem: When the topic of meme coins gained momentum on Solana in 2023, there were two motivations for it. On the one hand, the performance of the SOL ecosystem was to be demonstrated and, on the other hand, the claim that Solana is a platform by people for people. But this could now backfire, because the scam stories are damaging Solana’s image. They are also likely to lead to investors exchanging their SOL on a large scale for failing meme coins, thereby damaging the Solana price curve. The theory is currently doing the rounds on X that we are witnessing the “death of Solana” and that the foundation’s hands are tied.

Conclusion: Solana Meme Coins – from blessing to curse

The entire meme coin sector is and remains a controversial topic in the crypto scene, not everyone likes to laugh at Dogecoin (DOGE) and the like. But with Solana, the situation has escalated and new meme coins are appearing every day with only one goal: to put money in the pockets of their inventors. For SOL, this reduces future prospects if the trend cannot be stopped – after all, who wants to invest in a cryptocurrency in whose immediate vicinity there are scammers galore.


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Sharon Harris is a feminist and a part-time nomad. She reports about businesses primarily involved in tech, CBD, and crypto. She started her career as a product manager at a Silicon Valley startup but now enjoys a new life as a personal finance geek and writer. Her primary aim is to provide readers with a new perspective on the overlapping world of finance and technology.