Where to Find Token Information
Cryptocurrency (tokens and coins) information is widely available online. You can find detailed information about individual cryptocurrencies on data websites, such as TokenInsight, CoinMarketCap, and CoinGecko, which provide comprehensive market data, news, and reviews on cryptocurrencies. You may also find helpful information on Reddit, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
Generally, despite projects' official websites and social communities like Twitter or Discord, you can discover a token in the following three classes of third-party information providers. They are crypto aggregators, blockchain explorers, and smart contracts tools.
We will define them, briefly introduce what they can do, and recommend websites for each source.
Crypto Aggregators (data + news)
Crypto aggregators are crypto data one-stop-shop information providing a fundamental cryptocurrency market analysis. A typical aggregator like TokenInsight often contains a list of thousands of tokens detailed page where you can obtain most of the token information you want. Specifically, in a token page, it provides the following:
- Basic info. Token name, symbol, project introduction, official website, the social media community, GitHub, documents, whitepaper, etc.
- Smart contracts and explorers. A token's contract address can help you access the trading pool accurately in a DEX and check and analyze its on-chain activity in the explorer or other contract tools. It is like an identification number, one of the most critical pieces of information you need to know about a token. A token may have multiple contract addresses since it may be deployed on various blockchains.
- Trading metrics. Price charts, trading volume, market cap, supply, all-time high, etc.
- Listed exchanges. They are places to trade that token, mainly divided into centralized and decentralized exchanges.
- Tokenomics. This section provides a token's function, utility, distribution, and vesting schedule.
- News. The most related crypto news to that token.
These platforms are suitable for all users to find the target token quickly.
- I have heard of a token, and I want to know more. ➡️ Search for a specific token you want to know more about.
- I don't know anything about tokens and want to discover them. ➡️ Browse the token list (with multiple tags and filter functions to apply) and find what you are interested in.
Blockchain Explorer (data)
A blockchain explorer is an online tool that enables searching, tracking, and monitoring blocks, transactions, and blockchain network metrics (e.g., average transaction fees, hash rates, block size, block difficulty).
For more information, check out “What is a Block”
Since all tokens are standard smart contracts (learn more about token standards here), an explorer can also discover tokens' on-chain activities (better has that token address). Specifically, taking etherscan as an example, a detailed token contract page gives you the following information:
- Max total supply, price, FDV
- Holders number and a detailed list of each holder. (True token distribution)
- Total transfer number and a detailed list of each transfer. (Where, when, who transfers, how many tokens.)
- DEX trading detailed list
- Contracts details.
Blockchain explorers are more suitable for users familiar with smart contracts and token standards.
Smart Contracts Tools (analysis)
On-chain trading performance is crucial to all DeFi traders. Hence some tools help to show pairs' pricing performance across DEXes.
- DEX tracking tools like Dexcreener and gecko terminal provide detailed pair price info of AMM pools across different dexes. You can search and monitor live trading pairs with candle charts.
- DeFiLlama is a multi-chain supported TVL status dashboard, where data connectors are contributed to and maintained by its community.
- Nansen is a blockchain analytics platform that enriches on-chain data with millions of wallet labels. Crypto investors use Nansen to discover opportunities, perform due diligence, and defend their portfolios with real-time dashboards and alerts.
- Dune Analytics is a community-based open-source blockchain data querying platform. Anyone can query the data and create visualizations using Dune. The platform supports data from Ethereum — including layer-2 solutions such as Polygon, Optimism — Binance Smart Chain, and Gnosis Chain.
- Phalcon provides comprehensive data on invocation flow, balance changes, and transaction fund flows. It helps developers, security researchers, and traders intuitively understand transactions and build to improve safety for the DeFi community.
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