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May Sees Record Surge in Google Search Interest for ‘Onchain’ Term

Ruholamin Haqshanas
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May Sees Record Surge in Google Search Interest for 'Onchain' Term

In May, the term “onchain” witnessed an unprecedented surge in Google search interest, reaching an all-time high, as indicated by data from Google Trends.

Over the past five years, global search interest for the term had mostly remained below 25 out of 100, with a temporary spike to around 30 in March.

However, between May 26 and June 1, the search interest for “onchain” skyrocketed to a perfect score of 100 on the index.

Onchain Becomes Widespread Knowledge

The increased awareness and popularity of the term reflect its evolution from tech jargon to widespread knowledge.

“Once tech jargon, ‘on-chain’ is now widely known. The next step is to record everything on-chain. The learning phase is over. A new era is coming,” CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju said.

Data reveals that Nigeria exhibited the highest search interest in the term over the past 30 days, followed by Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

Users who searched for “onchain” on Google also frequently explored related terms such as “onchain token,” “onchain coin,” “onchain crypto,” and “onchain summer.” The last term refers to a marketing slogan employed by Coinbase to promote its Ethereum layer-2 network, Base.

The surge in onchain interest corresponds to significant developments in the field.

For instance, in late April, the BlackRock USD Institutional Digital Liquidity Fund became the largest treasury fund tokenized on a blockchain, with assets under management reaching $459.9 million.

This achievement surpassed Franklin Templeton, which held the second position with $357.7 million.

Furthermore, Ethereum layer-2 blockchain Starknet announced a partnership with AI firm Giza in May, with plans to incorporate AI agents on its blockchain.

These agents will autonomously perform onchain activities such as optimizing yield and reallocating portfolios.

Another project, GaiaNet, raised $10 million for its AI infrastructure initiative, aiming to decentralize AI agent software onchain.

GaiaNet employs a distributed network of edge nodes controlled by individuals and businesses to host AI models, enabling each node to act as an AI twin carrying out tasks for its operator.

Onchain Metrics Find Popularity

Onchain metrics have also played a role in predicting the future trajectory of Bitcoin.

Analysts have utilized various onchain indicators to provide insights into the market.

In May, pseudonymous analyst ‘ELI5 of TLDR’ suggested that five out of seven onchain metrics indicate that the Bitcoin bull run may just be getting started.

Glassnode analysts also pointed to the Supply Last Active Age Band metric, which examines the duration since Bitcoin last moved onchain based on different levels of “supply last active,” as an indication that the cryptocurrency is preparing for a significant upward movement.

As reported, digital asset investment products saw $185 million in inflows last week, marking the fourth consecutive week of positive investment trends.

In total, these products attracted $2 billion in inflows in May, propelling year-to-date inflows past the $15 billion mark, reaching an all-time high.

Although the weekly volumes experienced a decline, dropping to $8 billion compared to the previous week’s $13 billion, the consistent inflows demonstrate the sustained interest in digital assets among investors.