Back in 2014 the crypto space was simply a lot more fun. Dogecoin reigned supreme, with much wow echoing in every chatroom, and r/dogecoin being pretty much the biggest and most fun crypto community on the internet. With the success of Dogecoin, there was a thirst for more meme coins, like Nyan Coin, a cat shooting out rainbows, and then came Flappy Coin (FLAP). Apparently Flappy Coin came from a somewhat popular video game called Flappy Bird, but most people who used FLAP did not even play Flappy Bird, its just the Flappy Bird itself looked so ridiculous and funny. A cryptocurrency did not need a serious premise or investors back then, someone could literally slap a funny image on a coin, and with some luck a whole community would be born.
FLAP was founded on similar principles to the Dogecoin community, and made tips much more exciting when it launched. Dogecoin actually had value, and people would tip generously, but usually less than 100 Dogecoins at a time, maybe up to thousands of Dogecoins for really good posts. FLAP was suddenly raining out of the sky, with millions upon millions of FLAP being tipped. Someone could take a tiny amount of Dogecoin or Bitcoin and get tens to hundreds of millions of FLAP; I know this because I was one of the first and only FLAP dealers, for a brief time. The community enthusiasm led to the rapid formation of the r/flappycoin subreddit, which had intimate ties with r/dogecoin, since both communities were based on generosity and fun.
Further, FLAP was innocent. There was not a premine, people actually mined FLAP on their personal computers, and there was so much FLAP being mined even by people with normal computers, that it was being given out for free all over the place. Nowadays new cryptocurrencies usually have premines, and launch with ICOs, making them available only to people with money. It is sad there are no more exciting new cryptocurrencies that can actually be mined. There is nothing like mining a new cryptocurrency on the day of its launch and accumulating significant amounts of it.
Also, people tend to be very greedy with their cryptocurrency now, and rarely give out any. This has totally changed crypto communities from being fun, and a place to teach each other generosity, to being an aggressive place where people flash the new cars they bought and their earnings, without giving out a dollar. Maybe the market crash will eventually teach people that there is no good reason to hoarde cryptocurrency, and sending a little crypto to someone is worth it, since it makes people happy and helps accelerate crypto adoption.
GenesisBlockNews misses the days of Flappy Coin, and wishes it was still possible to say ‘FLAP me’ and receive millions of coins in response. Technically FLAP still exists, but according to CoinMarketCap it has no active exchanges.