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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey turned the first tweet into an NFT and sold it for $2.9M

One of the most expensive NFTs today is Jack Dorsey's very first tweet, which was bought in an auction.


Non-fungible tokens - better known as NFTs, have seen quite the rise in popularity. These digital assets have allowed people to purchase videos and images, verified by the blockchain. A lot of fascinating content has been sold off as an NFT, including a video of NBA superstar LeBron James dunking a basketball. One of the more interesting NFTs was the first ever tweet, which Twitter CEO posted for auction. The auction has closed, and the CEO’s first tweet has sold for $2.9 million.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced back on March 5 that he would be making the first ever tweet into an NFT and auctioning it off, with the proceeds going to the GiveDirectly charity. The auction officially closed on March 21, and was sold for a whopping $21 million. He then went on to show a screenshot of the Bitcoin withdrawal that he’s using to donate.

The bid was won by Bridge Oracle Sina Estavi, though entrepreneur Justin Sun had also been auctioning for the NFT. Originally posted on March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey’s “just setting up my twttr” post is the first ever tweet shared to the social media platform. With the massive ongoing popularity and significance of Twitter, the tweet that started it all holds a special significance.

Jack Dorsey’s original tweet is one of the most expensive NFTs sold to date. If you’re a bit confused on how all of this works, we put together a guide on exactly what a non-fungible token is. For more on NFTs, stick with us right here on Shacknews.

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    March 22, 2021 2:25 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey turned the first tweet into an NFT and sold it for $2.9M

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      March 22, 2021 2:26 PM

      this is the dumbest thing

      you thought you knew what the dumbest thing was, but you didn't

      unless you were thinking of this

      then you were correct

      but you probably weren't

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        March 22, 2021 2:27 PM

        that's... exactly right

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        March 22, 2021 2:29 PM

        Rich people logic.

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          March 22, 2021 2:32 PM

          i guess it went to charity so it's not awful but i really don't get the nft thing at all

          i thought i was hip with the technology

          i even said gnu/linux once unironically

          i don't get the nft thing at all. i don't understand how you own a tweet

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            March 22, 2021 2:33 PM

            We have currency based on a Internet meme of a dog

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            March 22, 2021 4:07 PM

            Not to go far down this rabbit hole but what does it say when a single person can Piss away 6 million dollars? I hate that money is relative.

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            March 22, 2021 4:15 PM

            You don’t even own the tweet (unless some special rights are conferred with the nft sale, but I can’t imagine there being many rights for a tweet).

            If it’s just for an nft, you basically own a certificate saying you “own” the tweet, but you really don’t. It’s kind of like buying a star, except paying millions for it.

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            March 22, 2021 4:24 PM

            It's going to the museum and buying a star to say yep that's mine. This is literally what an NFT is

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            March 22, 2021 4:31 PM

            You don't own the tweet. You own something symbolic that the creator of the tweet said is symbolic and a system exists to validate. Thinking of it as a signed print is probably the easiest shortcut: In this example, Jack "signed" (digitally) the tweet and sold the SIGNED tweet for 2.9M. This doesn't mean someone owns the actual tweet. It means they own a piece of paper that has value because enough people agreed that it has value.

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              March 22, 2021 4:33 PM

              i am selling an NFT representing my deleted post history. bids commence below

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                March 22, 2021 4:36 PM

                You can do exactly that. But you have to pay to "mint" the NFT and then convince someone to buy it. If you don't, all you've done is toss money in to the system to benefit people that know what they're doing lol

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              March 22, 2021 4:36 PM

              What’s even more funny is you could take a photograph of the tweet with you phone and own that photo.

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                March 22, 2021 4:38 PM

                You can do that in other markets to, but it's unlikely anyone would buy it because they would not see it as having any value. The same is true of NFTs

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                March 22, 2021 4:50 PM

                You could photograph a signed baseball.. but it would be worthless.

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                March 22, 2021 5:01 PM

                There’s already a bot out there that will generate an NFT for a parent tweet if you just @ the bot in the reply.

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                  March 22, 2021 5:03 PM

                  Also, we’re already entering into the future of blockchain that I feared. People still don’t know what it is, but are willing to pay money for it because they’ve been told it has value.

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              March 22, 2021 7:14 PM

              So basically you only "own" the owners endorsement that this is a thing they "minted"?

              This seems like a scam or a way to do something illegal.

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            March 22, 2021 7:19 PM

            I feel like the entire bottom will fall out of the market for things like this and it'll still hold value, but nowhere near what it can command now with everyone bored out of their minds with nothing to spend money on.

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