Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sells for over £2 million as an NFT

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Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has sold his first tweet as an NFT for just over £2m. The tweet is in the form of a NFT – a kind of unique digital asset that has exploded in popularity so far in 2021.

The digital certificate was purchased in an auction by Sina Estavi Twitter profile, @sinaEstavi, a Malaysia-based entrepreneur, the CEO of the blockchain company Bridge Oracle. Each NFT has its own blockchain-based digital signature, which serves as a public ledger, allowing anyone to verify the asset’s authenticity and ownership. The tweet – “just setting up my twttr” – was Dorsey’s first tweet, made on March 21, 2006.

The NFT was sold via auction on a platform called Valuables, which is owned by the US-based company Cent.

It was bought using the cryptocurrency Ether, for 1630.5825601 ETH, which was worth $2,915,835.47 (roughly Rs. 21 crore) at the time of sale, Cameron Hejazi, the CEO and co-founder of Cent confirmed.

On March 6, Dorsey, who is a Bitcoin enthusiast, tweeted a link to the website where the NFT was listed for sale. He then said in another tweet on March 9 that he would convert the proceeds from the auction into Bitcoin and donate them to people impacted by COVID-19 in Africa.

Dorsey receives 95 percent of the proceeds of the primary sale, while Cent receives 5 percent.

Cent CEO Cameron Hejazi said that his platform allows people to show support for a tweet that goes beyond the current options to like, comment and retweet.

“These assets might go up in value, they might go down in value, but what will stay is the ledger and the history of ‘I purchased this from you at this moment in time’ and that’s going to be in both the buyer, the seller and the public spectators’ memory,” Hejazi said, adding that this was “inherently valuable.”

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