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?
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