Twitter is adding a new feature today that will enable users to show off their NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which certifies digital assets stored on the blockchain that may be shown on the platform. The business is distributing NFT Profile Pictures to Twitter Blue customers on iOS devices via the early access Labs feature of Twitter Blue. Support for Android users, as well as for the web, will be added later. However, although only iOS users will be able to use their NFT as their profile picture, everyone on Twitter will be able to view the new hexagon-shaped image regardless of whatever platform they are presently using, according to Twiter.
Because the Twitter Blue subscription service is not yet accessible in all countries, the use of NFT Profile Pictures will be limited to the early areas where the product is now available – the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — for the foreseeable future.
The firm has previously hinted at its ambitions to adopt NFTs more comprehensively, which has been a popular subject of discussion on the platform. Many crypto-enthusiasts have also changed their profile pictures to include a snapshot of their NFT. However, Twitter has not yet provided an official authenticating with a user’s crypto wallet and validating their cryptocurrency ownership.
In September, among a flurry of other announcements, Twitter provided the first glimpse at its intentions for near-field communications (NFTs). TweetDeck emphasized how authentication would help creators promote their work on Twitter and said that it was looking at ways to showcase their collections on the social media platform.
a business spokesman told TechCrunch in an emailed statement. “Twitter is a social media platform where individuals may discuss topics that interest them, and it is often where people get their first exposure to cryptocurrency and NFTs.” We see more of using NFTs as a form of identification and self-expression and a method to participate in the growing community and more active debate on Twitter.
Users of Twitter Blue will go to their profile and modify their profile picture as they would usually do to use the functionality. You’ll be given the new option of selecting an NFT instead of a traditional NFT. You then establish a connection with your cryptocurrency wallet.
Coinbase Wallet, Rainbow, MetaMask, Ledger Live, Argent, and Trust Wallet are among the wallets that will be supported upon launch. Following authentication, you’ll be able to choose which NFT you’d want to display. According to Twitter, JPEG and PNG NFTs issued on the Ethereum blockchain (ERC-721 or ERC-1155 tokens) may be used as NFT Profile Pictures at the time of publication.
Once the NFT’s profile photo is up, Twitter users who come across it will be able to touch on it to learn more about the artwork, its collection, provenance, and other information. For example, you’ll be able to check whether OpenSea or another third-party marketplace has confirmed a project or group before proceeding with it.
It comes as a result of Twitter’s increased interest in introducing decentralized technologies into its platform, which has included things like support for Bitcoin tipping and the hiring of Tess Rinearson as its Crypto Engineering Lead in the last few months. In addition, the corporation last year experimented with minting its own NFTs, which are provided to customers for free.
The firm has not yet decided whether or not it will make the functionality accessible to non-subscribers later. Still, it has been said that it will monitor input from Twitter Blue users and make further adjustments as needed over time.