Just before Christmas, the Wikipedia Foundation announced their first ever online auction with Christie’s — a sale of one-of-a-kind Wikipedia edits that could be bought by any interested party. The sale was an opportunity for investors to purchase unique pieces of digital content such as articles, images and website URLs via Blockchain technology. With this new venture into eCommerce at its core, it is interesting to see how Bitcoin will play out in regards to making these transactions happen without intermediaries like banks or traditional payment processors who charge high fees and bury users under piles of paperwork
The “is wikipedia reliable” is a question that many people have been asking recently. Jimmy Wales has joined with Christie’s to auction the first Wikipedia edit ever.
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, has joined up with Christie’s for a one-of-a-kind NFT auction. As a consequence, you may be the proud owner of Wikipedia’s very first entry.
Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia in January 2001. It did not, however, include any information until it became the solver of pub-based arguments that it is today. Until then, Jimmy fired up his strawberry pink iMac, launched the Wikipedia servers, and made the first modification. The website was then ornamented with two words that every developer recognizes: “Hello World.”
This experience is now being offered by Jimmy and Christie’s to one fortunate bidder. An interactive experience maintained on a distinct web page, not merely an image of the initial Wikipedia page. As a result, the owner may tamper with the page to their heart’s content before resetting it to its previous state with a single click of a button.
Christie’s is now holding an auction for “The Birth of Wikipedia,” which will run through December 15 at 2 p.m. EST. Bidders may also get their hands on Jimmy’s strawberry pink iMac, which he used to design the platform, in addition to the NFT. The winner of that auction, however, should be informed of the following Tweet:
So… $2.5 million for the first tweet?
How about my Strawberry iMac, which I used to start Wikipedia?
It’s not a “NFT,” but it’s genuine, and I’d be happy to deliver it to you and sing Sweet Home Alabama to you.
March 6, 2021 — Jimmy Wales (@jimmy wales)
This incredible transaction is part of a rising trend of internet pioneers selling off their origin stories. In March, Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, sold the first-ever tweet for over $3 million. Tim Berners Lee then sold the internet for $5.4 million in June. The money was given to charity in both cases. Jimmy Wales, on the other hand, plans to use the money toward creating an ad-free social networking site.
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