Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has sold the first-ever tweet for nearly $3 million.
The social media giant’s co-founder shared a link two weeks ago to a website where people could bid to own his 2006 tweet, “just setting up my twttr” as a non-fungible token, or NFT.
Dubbed crypto-collectibles, NFTs are unique digital assets that use blockchain – the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency market – to give someone sole ownership.
Amid a surge in interest in all things crypto thanks to a bitcoin surge and the historic GameStop saga, NFTs have hit the mainstream in recent weeks, with the 2011 Nyan Cat meme notably selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and a team of financial traders destroying a physical Banksy painting with fire in order to create a piece of digital art, sold at a profit.
It was only a matter of time until Dorsey, who clearly believes in the promise of crypto technology, decided to get involved. But now that his historic – albeit pretty boring – first tweet has been sold to Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi for $2.9m, it raises the question – which tweets are so memorable you might be willing to spend actual money on them?
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Personally, we might start with these:
The historic outburst of a disgruntled civil servant
In the furore of the Dominic Cummings Barnard Castle row, this tweet from a disgruntled civil servant went viral for obvious reasons:
Arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?— That Civil Service tweet twice a day (fan account) (@That Civil Service tweet twice a day (fan account)) 1615279105
Price estimation: $1.5 million
This LeBron James rebuke of Donald Trump
After the former Twitter troll-in-chief sought to insult LeBron James’ intellect, the NBA star hit back in style:
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!— LeBron James (@LeBron James) 1506179844
Price estimation:$2 million
‘Chaos with Ed Miliband’
Former prime minister David Cameron’s fairly standard campaign tweet during the 2015 general election, which kickstarted the never-ending Brexit saga, has since gone down in history as arguably one of the most ironic of all time.
Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice - stability and strong Government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband: https://t.co/fmhcfTunbm— David Cameron (@David Cameron) 1430720819
Price estimation: $2.2 million (value only likely to increase)
This deep musing from Melania Trump
What is she thinking? http://t.co/rFufrgMb— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIA TRUMP) 1344625626
Price estimation: $3 million
...And from her husband
Price estimation: $5 million...covfefe
The tweet that nearly set technological advancement – or, Tesla, at least – back several years
...okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But who could forget Elon Musk’s goofy weed joke that led to fraud charges?
Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1533660493
Price estimation: $1.2 million
When 50 Cent effortlessly bridged the gap between fame and reality
I can't belive my grand mothers making me take Out the garbage I'm rich fuck this I'm going home I don't need this shit— 50cent (@50cent) 1282848965
Price estimation: $500,000
Anything by Cold War Steve
These masterpieces, heavily featuring Phil Mitchell of Eastenders fame, have been brightening UK Twitter for years. And you can actually buy them physically.
https://t.co/nKPru7H1mL— Cold War Steve (@Cold War Steve) 1615236986
Price estimation: $2.5 million (ono)
This pigeon’s job interview
...because spending millions of dollars on a tweet makes about as much sense as this picture.
You've seen nothing until you've seen a picture of a pigeon having a job interview to become a pigeon: http://t.co/gfkUGVcb3p— Periwinkle Jones (@Periwinkle Jones) 1387364181
Price estimation: $250,000
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