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What tweets would you be willing to spend millions on?

Jack Dorsey’s decision to auction his first ever tweet has got us thinking of other memorable bird app escapades
Jack Dorsey’s decision to auction his first ever tweet has got us thinking of other memorable bird app escapades

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:

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:

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.

Price estimation: $2.2 million (value only likely to increase)

This deep musing from Melania Trump

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?

Price estimation: $1.2 million

When 50 Cent effortlessly bridged the gap between fame and reality

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.

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.

Price estimation: $250,000

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