New York, USA (CNN) – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sold the first ever tweet posted on the platform as a non-exchangeable code for $ 2.9 million.
Dorsey posted a tweet at the launch of his platform, in which he wrote: “I am setting up my own Twitter”, on March 21, 2006.
The tweet has been shared on “Twitter” more than 120,000 times and garnered more than 160,000 “likes.” Today, 15 years after its publication, a digitally signed copy of the tweet was sold to Sina Estafy, CEO of the blockchain service, Bridge Oracle.
And Estafi tweeted on Monday after buying the oldest tweet in history: “This is not just a tweet! I think after years people will realize the true value of this tweet, like the Mona Lisa.”
Estafi purchased the non-exchangeable code on the “Valuables by Scent” auction site, a digital platform that allows buying and selling of tweets signed by their creators. He paid for the tweet using the cryptocurrency Ether, according to the site.
Dorsey said he would immediately transfer the money from the deal into Bitcoin and the proceeds would go to the Give Directly Africa Fund, a charity that helps poor people in Africa.
Known as “NFT”, “non-exchangeable codes” are unique digital codes that document the authenticity and ownership of digital material on the Internet, and validate digital memorabilia such as photos, videos and intangible content available on the Internet. Non-exchangeable icons have recently gained popularity for selling digital art and other digital content such as graphics or music.