Twitter user sells @Israel username for six-figure sum

While Twitter tries to work out how to make money, a Spaniard has sold his username on the site for a six-figure sum.In 2007 Israel Meléndez set up a Twitter account under his first name. This year he was approached by the state of Israel, which wanted to buy @Israel from him for a quantity of dollars that, he told Spain’s Público newspaper, included “five zeroes”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/sep/14/twitter-user-sells-israel-usernameAlso see:Pornographer sells Twitter ID to Israel
Israel’s foreign Ministry has acquired the @Israel username on Twitter, the social networking site, from the Spanish owner of adult porn sites.The Spaniard, who now lives in Miami, Florida, is called Israel Melendez and he set up the account for free in 2007, when Twitter was still a relatively new phenomenon.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/pornographer-sells-twitter-id-to-israel-2079392.html

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