Tweet sells for £2.1m
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 24th March 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Jack Dorsey’s first ever tweet sells for $2.9m
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first ever tweet has been sold for the equivalent of $2.9m (£2.1m) to a Malaysia-based businessman.
The tweet, which said “just setting up my twttr,” was first published on March 21, 2006 and was auctioned off by Mr Dorsey for charity.
The Malaysia-based buyer Sina Estavi compared the purchase to buying a Mona Lisa painting.
The tweet was bought using the ether cryptocurrency, a rival to bitcoin.
It was sold as a nonfungible token (NFT) on Monday to Mr Estavi, the chief executive of technology firm Bridge Oracle.
An NFT is a unique digital certificate that states who owns a photo, video or other form of online media. Each NFT is unique and acts as a collector’s item that can’t be duplicated, making them rare by design.
NFTs have become hugely popular this year, with expensive digital artwork also being sold this way.
Mr Dorsey said he would convert the proceeds to bitcoin and then donate them to the Give Directly’s Africa Response fund.
“This is not just a tweet!” Mr Estavi posted on Twitter. “I think years later people will realize the true value of this tweet, like the Mona Lisa painting.”
Take a virtual tour of Mars House
Jack Dorsey’s first tweet selling for $2.9m (£2.1m) is not the only digital deal making the headlines today in the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). A virtual property called “Mars House” has also been sold on marketplace SuperRare for 288 ether cryptocurrency – the equivalent of $512,000 (£371,694).
Designed by Toronto artist Krista Kim, Mars House is described by SuperRare as “the first NFT digital house” and is a 3D digital file that can be experienced in virtual reality.
The sale of the NFT digital property “might be most easily understood as the most expensive game of the Sims to ever be played”, says The Guardian.
Kim created Mars House using software that is commonly used to develop video games, architecture and design magazine Dezeen reports. She says it was designed to be a “light sculpture”.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN ABBA videos on their official channel on Youtube.
The official ABBA channel had 37 videos available to watch (32 in English plus another 5 videos with ABBA performing in Spanish). The top ten was compiled by counting the ‘views’ number.
Rank Song Title Number of views (as of Feb 2021)
1 Dancing Queen 476,629,000
2 Mamma Mia 214,949,000
3 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! 207,530,000
4 Chiquitita 152,593,000
5 Take A Chance On Me 110,145,000
6 The Winner Takes It All 99,251,000
7 Fernando 92,205,000
8 Money, Money, Money 71,003,000
9 Happy New Year 66,375,000
10 Super Trouper 65,024,000
Notable hits that didn’t make the top ten list included: ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ (63 million – 11th), ‘SOS’ (62 million – 12th), and ‘Waterloo’ (58 million – 13th) – the song that started it all.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale.
Happiness is…an ABBA video.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Apple is designing a new automatic car. But they’re having trouble installing Windows!
Love is…taking a chance on me.
A time for a bit of Dancing Queen…A time for a bit of Waterloo.
2005 US version of “The Office” created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, developed by Greg Daniels, starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski premieres on NBC
1962 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys
1958 Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army (serial number 53310761)
1939 “Wuthering Heights” based on the novel by Emily Brontë, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles.
LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE
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Total Cases 4,307,304 Latest Daily New Cases 5,379
People in Hospital 5,461 Change on Day -122
Total deaths 126,284 New Deaths 24 Hr Period 112
Total 1st Vaccine Dose 28,327,873 Latest Daily Figure (1st Dose) 329,897
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