The first ever tweet in the world, from Jack Dorsey is up for sale for a whopping US$D2.5 million (RM10.3m).
Exactly 15 years ago, the Twitter CEO typed out a banal message, “just setting up my twttr” which became the first ever tweet, which has today become a dominant and controversial force in civil society.
Dorsey had since said that he will donate the funds from the sale of the tweet to charity.
The tweet will be sold as an NFT, or a non-fungible token.
NFTs use the same blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies to turn anything from art to sports trading cards into virtual collector’s items that cannot be duplicated.
Since the first tweet, Twitter has certainly come a long way. In January this year, Twitter deleted former US president, Donald Trump’s account after he was blamed for allegedly inciting the violent resurrection of the US Capitol by extremist supporters seeking to overturn his electoral loss.
The banning of a head of state from the platform was both welcomed and denounced in a sign of the thin line Twitter and other social media networks often try to walk between neutrality, freedom of expression, and moderation and prevention of abuse.
Dorsey listed his post as a unique digital signature on tweets marketplace ‘Valuables by Cent’ to be sold as an NFTs. Old offers for the tweet suggest that it was put for sale in December, but the listing gained more attention after Dorsey’s tweet on March 5.
The tweet’s buyer will get an autographed digital certificate, signed using cryptography that will include metadata of the original tweet, according to the Valuables website. The tweet itself will continue to be available on the Twitter website.