Reference page for Litecoin price, with detailed charts, analytics and social metrics. Litecoin in a nutshell:
Litecoin (LTC or Ł) is an open source software project to build a cryptocurrency, introduced on October 7, 2011, by Charlie Lee, a former Google employee.
Litecoin is a direct fork of Bitcoin. Its main differences are the decreased block generation time (2.5 minutes), the increased maximum number of coins (84m Litecoins), a different hashing algorithm (Scrypt, instead of SHA-256), and a slightly modified client GUI.
Like Bitcoin, the Litecoin network utilizes peer-to-peer technology for decentralized operation, meaning that the system collectively manages transactions and issues new coins without any 'central' authority.
In May 2017, Litecoin became the first of the top-5 (by market capitalization) cryptocurrencies to adopt Segregated Witness.