Crypto currencies like Bitcoin have been populating the news for the better part of 2013 as their popularity and value continue to increase. It's way too early to know if Bitcoin and other top virtual currencies will ultimately have a serious impact on Internet commerce and the global economy in general but it's certainly intriguing to watch as it all plays out.

With this week's open forum, we'd like to hear your thoughts on Bitcoins and virtual currencies in general. Have you purchased any coins yet, or perhaps mined your own? Do you think virtual currencies have a future online or is it just the next fad that'll ultimately be shot down by local governments?