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John McAfee will hype your cryptocurrency endeavor for $105,000

Tweets for sale by a libertarian technocrat

Whether you know him as founder of a world-famous software company, as an international fugitive wanted for murder, or as a 2016 Presidential candidate, 72-year-old John McAfee has reinvented himself again, this time as high-dollar crypto-pundit.

His name once synonymous with antivirus software, McAfee’s latest venture is McAfee Crypto Team, a one-stop consulting shop for all your ICO needs. The site hawks something called “the McAfee effect,” or in simplest terms, “tweets for sale.” With paid tweets going for the rather publicly displayed price of $105,000, this access to McAfee’s 811,000 Twitter followers is extremely appealing to anyone seeking to publicize their ICO or blockchain startup.

The McAfee Crypto Team site provides plenty of proof that McAfee’s Twitter influence is far-reaching in the crypto space. A logged-in Twitter screenshot reveals the number of times people saw one of McAfee’s promotional tweets about a cryptocurrency called Digibyte—it generated more than 7 million impressions. A screenshot of a Motherboard piece proclaims that the storied entrepreneur seems to “move cryptocurrency markets with a single tweet.” And he shares poll results from his Twitter followers, showing that a meaningful portion of them are invested in or otherwise care about cryptocurrency.


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At the time of this writing, indicates that 90 percent of McAfee’s followers, some 729,000 accounts, are associated with real human users rather than brands or spambots. If you’re trying to bring a crypto-message to the crypto-people, McAfee will charge you about 14.4 cents per person to do it at scale.

The tweet-for-hire business is only one part of what McAfee and his people are offering for sale. The “services” page suggests this team is equipped to troubleshoot just about any cryptocurrency or ICO problem, as well as help facilitate a full ICO from conception to completion. Theirs is a fully featured crypto consultancy with some meaningful star power behind it.

Whether it’s by releasing weird videos that feature drug use or running for office on the Libertarian ticket, McAfee has established himself as a hardcore freedom-seeker. As cryptocurrency technology takes control of finance in a way that does away with middlemen, it makes sense that this is where he’s now choosing to pitch his tent.

Perhaps it takes a wild man to normalize a wild idea.

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Dylan Love is an editorial consultant, contributing reporter, and fiendishly curious technology enthusiast. He owns no cryptocurrencies.