On Thursday, the popular microblogging platform, Twitter announced a new feature that allows paying Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS to officially link non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to their profile pictures. Once done, the Twitter profile pics in question will show with a hexagonal border instead of a circle, and users will be able to click the picture for information about the associated NFT.
Twitter Users Can Now Link NFTs to their Twitter Profile Pics
“This new feature provides a seamless, user-friendly way for people on Twitter to verify their NFT ownership by allowing them to directly connect their crypto wallets to Twitter and select an NFT from their collection as their new profile picture,” explains a Twitter press release.
Furthermore, the release also mentions plans to bring the feature to Android and the web but does not cite a specific timeline for doing so. A Twitter Blue subscription presently costs $2.99 per month. Twitter’s action follows the increasing trend of people using photos linked to NFTs, such as the cartoon apes of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, as profiles pics on social media platforms.
In addition to this, by enabling users to officially designate their Twitter profile pics as tied to an NFT, it can perhaps be read as an action to combat another online trend: people right-click saving the JPEGs associated with NFTs and using those photos as profile pictures, too. Notably, Twitter has established some limitations on which NFTs can be linked to Twitter profile pics. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that, at least for now, this only works with NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain.
Twitter is Currently Focusing on Ethereum for Their First Iteration
“We’re currently focusing on Ethereum for our first iteration to get it right before moving onto other chains,” explained the spokesperson over email. What’s more, for this to work, “for now” users must use one of six digital currency wallets to store their NFTs: Coinbase Wallet, Rainbow, MetaMask, Trust, Argent, or Ledger Live.