Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sells for $3 million in NFT auction


Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has sold a digital version of his first tweet for over $2.9 million.

The tweet – “just setting up my twttr”, and was published 21 March, 2006 – has been bought by Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi, according to Valuables by Cent, the digital platform where the digital auction for the tweet was held.

The tweet was made purchasable as an NFT or “non-fungible token”, which is essentially a signature on a piece of digital art that confirms its authenticity on a blockchain ledger.

The blockchain technology is also used by cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin or etherium, to track and verify the movement of transactions.

Mr Dorsey said that the money from the purchase would be converted into bitcoin and given to the nonprofit GiveDirectly’s Africa Response, which has been raising money to support African families struggling from the coronavirus pandemic. Five per cent of the purchase price, however, will go to Valuables by Cent.

“Incredible – huge thanks @jack and @sinaEstavi – looking forward to getting this $ into recipients’ hands soon,” GiveDirectly tweeted following Dorsey‘s announcement.

After the bid was secured, Mr Estavi wrote on Twitter: “This is not just a tweet! “I think years later people will realize the true value of this tweet, like the Mona Lisa painting.” He added that he was “glad this money is being donated to charity”.



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