Shortly before Twitter’s 15th birthday, co-founder and current boss Jack Dorsey is auctioning a digital copy of the very first tweet. Although the buyer basically only buys an electronic signature while the Twitter message is still available online for everyone, the highest bid on Saturday was $ 800,000. Dorsey wrote on March 21, 2006 “just setting up my twttr” (something like: “I’m setting up my twttr”, as the platform was originally supposed to be called).
Authenticity by signature
The Twitter boss sells the copy as a so-called NFT (non-fungible token), the authenticity of which is secured with the blockchain data chain of the crypto currency Ethereum. The blockchain is basically a database that stores all transactions with a digital item and is distributed across many computers on the network, which makes it forgery-proof.
NFT are currently experiencing a small boom. Digital works of art signed with it have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Tenth birthday pictures from Twitter 2016: