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Wikipedia’s Co-Founder Is Auctioning His First Edit As an NFT – VICE Media

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Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is auctioning off two pieces of internet history: the Strawberry iMac he used to develop Wikipedia, and a newly minted NFT of the first edit ever made to a Wiki page. Christie’s is handling the auction, which runs from December 3 to the 15. Wales said he plans to use the money to develop an advertiser-free social network.

On January 15, 2001, Wales launched Wikipedia. When the website went up he made the first edit to the open source project b…….

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Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is auctioning off two pieces of internet history: the Strawberry iMac he used to develop Wikipedia, and a newly minted NFT of the first edit ever made to a Wiki page. Christie’s is handling the auction, which runs from December 3 to the 15. Wales said he plans to use the money to develop an advertiser-free social network.

On January 15, 2001, Wales launched Wikipedia. When the website went up he made the first edit to the open source project by publishing “Hello World!” on the site. The NFT that Wales and Christie are selling is not just a JPEG capture of the website at this time, but an interactive experience with a dedicated webpage. Whoever wins the NFT can edit the page however they want and, with the click of a button, revert the page back to that moment on January 15 when all it said was “Hello World!”

You can see the site right now at https://www.editthisnft.com/cgi-bin/wiki.cgi. “You can’t edit right now because we didn’t want to let it be live during the auction,” Wales told Motherboard on the phone. “I did. Saner heads prevailed.”

Wales said he held onto the Strawberry iMac because he thought it might be worth something someday. “Not because I owned it,” he said. “Because it’s this beautiful Strawberry iMac, it’s an iconic part of the rebirth of Apple…amusingly, up until just a few months ago, it was my printer stand.”

Wales got the idea for the auction when he saw Twitter founder Jack Dorsey had minted his first Tweet as an NFT and sold it for $2.9 million in crypto. “How about my Strawberry iMac I used when I launched Wikipedia?” He said on Twitter at the time. “It isn’t an ‘NFT’ but it’s real and I could bring it to you and sing Sweet Home Alabama.”

Wales reached out to Christie’s to set up the auction and they started talking about NFTs. Then Wales noticed Tim Berners-Lee had sold a piece of web history as an NFT and he started to learn more about the technology. “I thought I wanted to do something a bit more than just a picture or a JPEG of how Wikipedia looked to me on the day when I was installing the software,” he said.

The Wiki NFT auction is not just a picture of the moment of creation, but an experience. Whoever wins the auction can relive the moment of being the first person to edit a Wiki, over and over …….

Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akvvpe/wikipedias-co-founder-is-auctioning-his-first-edit-as-an-nft