The Twitter account of one of Bitcoin’s biggest historical figures has come back to life after more than a decade of inactivity.
“This is Fran Feeney.” chirp Hal Finney’s Twitter headline is “halfin'” on Friday. “I’m tweeting to Hal to avoid having his account deleted by Elon.”
Hal Finney is one of the first Bitcoin testers to confirm with the network’s anonymous founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, in its early days. On January 12, 2009, he said Receive 10 Bitcoin from Satoshi – The first ever Bitcoin transfer completed. In fact, many today in the bitcoin community think Finney is a potential where Satoshi – or at least part of a group of developers behind Alias.
Finney passed away from a terminal illness in August 2014, leaving him and Satoshi absent from future Bitcoin development. As such, Bitcoin faithful treat Finney’s old messages, tweets, and forum posts as valuable artifacts — just as they do messages signed by Satoshi.
His message was particularly popular Announcement tweet He “turned Bitcoin around” on January 10, 2009. Posted by own accountHe was probably the second person to run the program after Satoshi himself.
Of course, Vinnie’s sudden revival surprised some. Jameson Loeb – co-founder and CEO of Bitcoin security and wallet company Casa – in the beginning I suggested The account may have been hacked after he realized he had been following his own Twitter account recently.
Others, however, were quick to point out that Finney’s account may have been reactivated by someone controlling it to avoid being “cleaned up by Elon.” Hal’s wife, Fran Feeney, has been confirmed himself that this is the case.
Twitter will soon start freeing up the namespace for 1.5 billion accounts
Since he took over Twitter, Elon Musk You have a promise To delete over 1.5 billion Twitter accounts to free up some Twitter handles for newer, more active owners. “These are clear desktop deletions with no tweets and no logins for years,” he said on Dec. 9.
His announcement raised concerns among Bitcoiners, who were concerned that such a policy could allow accounts like Finney’s to fall through the loopholes. After Fran reactivates the handle, the community is quick to thank.
Thanks @employee To keep Hull’s account alive. This means a lot to # Bitcoin social communication. You are both legends 🧡🧡🧡
Finney was a cryptographer – meaning he believed in using encryption to ensure freedom and privacy for everyone. He also lived in the same town as the man Dorian Nakamoto Newsweek Very famous and wrongly said to be Satoshi, for about 10 years.
For what it’s worth, Vinny to reject Claiming to be the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin before his death – exactly the same thing Satoshi would do.
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