Almost all of us go to Wikipedia, an online repository of information and data created and edited by volunteers around the world. But not many people would know what was the first edit ever made to a Wikipedia page. Thanks to blockchain technology and the growing craze for non-fungible tokens, the creator of Wikipedia is auctioning off a newly minted NFT of the first edit made on a Wiki page. Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, launched this open source project on January 15, 2001, then published “Hello World!” am working on it.
The NFT that Wales sells is more than a JPEG shot of the website. It provides an interactive experience with a dedicated web page. Who can buy the NFT can buy the “Hello World!” Wiki page any way they want and can also revert the page to its previous state.
Wales auctions off another piece of internet history. His Strawberry iMac, which he used to develop the Wikipedia page. The British auction house Christie’s is handling the auction, which will remain open until December 15.
So… first tweet for $2.5 million?
What about my Strawberry iMac I used when I launched Wikipedia?
It’s not “NFT” but it’s real and I could bring it to you and sing Sweet Home Alabama.
— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) March 6, 2021
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had his first tweet hit as an NFT and sold it for $2.9 million (about Rs. 21.88 crore) in cryptocurrency.
Wales said he plans to use the money raised through the auction to develop a social network without advertisers, according to a report in Vice.
You can also check out the Wiki page yourself.
But what does Wales think of those who hate NFTs and cryptocurrency for multiple reasons, including areas like trust.
Wales said he understands there is a speculative bubble around NFTs at the moment, but he is optimistic about the technology in general. “There will be a lot of stupid things and a lot of bad things,” he said. “But there’s also something really interesting about everything.”