In this way, the work these figures did on Vine can be compared to the process of mining bitcoins: The system asks its users to invest a particular type of labor in the system, and the system in turn rewards that labor with a currency that operates internal to that system. In both cases, those who devote themselves to playing the game can gather a lot of currency. The question then becomes that of whether this currency can be transferred to the realm of the legitimate economy.
Great analogy here — I never thought of this similarity between crypto currencies and the developing economy of influence. I think that this is the underlying value and benefit of large networks. Invest early and reap the lions share of benefits.