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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales auctions very first wiki page edited as NFT

Almost all of us go to Wikipedia, an online repository of information and data created and edited by volunteers around the world. But few would know what was the first edit ever 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 created NFT of the first edit to a Wiki page. Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, started this open source project on January 15, 2001, and then released “Hello World! above.

The NFT Wales is selling is more than a JPEG capture of the website. It will offer an interactive experience with a dedicated web page. Anyone who is able to purchase the NFT will be able to edit the “Hello World!” Wiki page as they wish and can also reset the page to its previous state.

Wales is auctioning another piece of Internet history. His iMac Strawberry, which he used to develop the Wikipedia page. UK auction house Christie’s is handling the auction, which will remain open until December 15.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey created his first tweet as NFT and sold it for $ 2.9 million (around Rs. 21.88 crore) in cryptocurrency.

Wales said he plans to use the money he raised through the auction to develop an advertiser-less social network, according to a report in Vice.

You can also see the Wiki page for yourself.

But what does Wales think of those who dislike NFTs and cryptocurrency for multiple reasons, which include areas like trust.

Wales said he understands that there is currently a speculative bubble around NFTs, but is optimistic about the technology in general. “There are going to be a lot of stupid things and a lot of bad things,” he said. “But there is also something quite interesting about this.”


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