Almost all of us visit Wikipedia, an online repository of information and data created and edited by volunteers around the world. But very few people know what was the first edit ever made on a Wikipedia page. Due to the growing craze for blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens, the creators of Wikipedia are auctioning off newly created NFTs from the first edit made on the wiki page.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales started this open-source project on January 15, 2001, and then went on to say “Hello world!” on it.
The NFT that Wells is selling is much more than the JPEG capture of the website. It will provide an interactive experience with a dedicated webpage. Anyone who is able to buy NFTs can say “Hello world!” will be able to edit. Wiki pages as it pleases and can even revert the page to its previous state. Wells is auctioning off another piece of Internet history. His Strawberry iMac, which he used to develop the Wikipedia page. British auction house Christie’s is handling the auction, which will be open till December 15.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey posted his first tweet in the form of an NFT and sold it in cryptocurrency for $2.9 million (about Rs. 21.88 crore).
According to a report by Vice, Wells said it plans to use the money raised through the auction to develop an advertiser-free social network.
You can also check out the wiki page for yourself.
But what does Wells think of those who dislike NFTs and cryptocurrencies for a variety of reasons, including areas such as trust?
Wells said he understands there is a speculative bubble around NFTs right now, but he remains optimistic on the technology in general. “There’s going to be a lot of silly things and a lot of bad things out there,” he said. “But there’s also something interesting in all of this.”
So… first tweet for $2.5 million?
How about my Strawberry iMac I used when I launched Wikipedia?
It isn't an "NFT" but it's real and I could bring it to you and sing Sweet Home Alabama.
— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) March 6, 2021