Last night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted the phrase “running Bitcoin,” as both a nod to computer scientist Hal Finney and to reveal to the world he is running a full node.
Here’s what this means for the first ever cryptocurrency along with a look a how it all started, and where Bitcoin is going next.
How It All Started: Hal Finney Tweets He’s “Running Bitcoin”
Few realized at the time just how significant a tweet from Hal Finney dated January 10, 2009 would ultimately be. The tweet containing only the phrase “running Bitcoin” was among the first the internet had ever heard of the cryptocurrency.
The tweet arrived only seven days following the Genesis Block, and Finney himself was the first to ever be on the receiving end of a BTC transaction.