This Iconic Bitcoin Tweet Is Now 12 Years Old

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Mon, 01/11/2021 - 14:53
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Alex Dovbnya
Bitcoiners are celebrating the 12th anniversary of Hal Finney's "running Bitcoin" tweet
This Iconic Bitcoin Tweet Is Now 12 Years Old
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Twelve years ago, Hal Finney, one of the most important people in the history of Bitcoin, published the very first tweet related to the world's largest cryptocurrency.

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The late cryptographer's account is expected to be commemorated as part of Twitter's new policies.

Finney's prescient mind

Finney was the first follower of Satoshi Nakamoto, who is famous for receiving the very first Bitcoin transaction on Jan. 12, 2009.

Some of Finney's other famous tweets include the one about adding more anonymity to Bitcoin and reducing the CO2 emission from mining, a problem that is now on many environmentalists' minds.

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Finney also famously predicted that Bitcoin could potentially reach an eye-popping target of $10 million per coin.

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Why some think Finney is Satoshi

In October 2009, Finney disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

After a five-year battle with the disease, he passed away on Aug. 28, 2014.

There is a ton of speculation as to whether or not Finney himself created the cryptocurrency due to the timing of Satoshi's disappearance and the fact that he lived in the same town as Dorian Nakamoto, the Japanese-American man who was misidentified as the man behind Bitcoin by a Newsweek journalist.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.