The first ever tweet, of course by Twitter’s own Jack Dorsey, is up for auction. Just in case you consider this a piece of tech history and would like to own what would be an autographed version of this tweet. The first ever tweet, from March 21 back in the year 2006 reads, “just setting up my twttr.” We can all collectively wonder why Dorsey didn’t write Twitter and instead wrote “twttr”—this tweet wasn’t on the cusp of the character limit, for sure. This tweet is up for auction on the Valuables platform, and you can make your bid here. At the time of writing this, someone with the username @sinaEstavi has already bid what is the highest offer so far—an eye-watering $2500000. That would be Sina Estavi, the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Oracle.
The tweet will be auctioned off as digital tokens, and their authenticity as well as ownership can be verified. The blockchain storage system, that was made for bitcoin transactions, will be used for encrypting these tokens along with the creator’s autograph. “The creator of a tweet decides if they would like to mint it on the blockchain, creating a 1-of-1 autographed version. Before they accept an offer to mint the tweet, anyone can make a counter offer on Valuables,” says the platform where the tweet is up for bidding. While tweet itself will continue to reside on Twitter as it has done so far, the winner of the bidding will be getting a digital certificate of the tweet, signed and verified by Jack Dorsey.
Valuables also clarifies that if the creator then changes their mind at some point and doesn’t accept the bid offer, the person who made the bid will receive their money back. However, transactions on blockchain are irreversible once the bid has been accepted. “You are now indisputably the owner of that tweet NFT. Of course, you can always sell it back to the original creator, or you can give it back for free,” says Valuables, illustrating a scenario where the creator may change their mind after accepting your bid offer.