Elon Musk Says Twitter Introducing NFT Profile Pictures Is ‘Annoying’

    NFT profile pictures?

    Twitter has launched a new feature that allows users to display their non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which are a form of certifying digital assets held on the blockchain. Through Twitter Blue’s early access Labs feature, the company is rolling out NFT Profile Pictures to Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS. Later this year, Android users and the web will be able to use Twitter’s NFT product. While only iOS users will be able to use their NFT as their profile photo, Twitter promises that everyone on the platform will be able to see the new hexa-shaped image.

    Because the Twitter Blue subscription service is not yet accessible internationally, NFT Profile Pictures will be limited to the first markets where it is available – the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — for the time being.

    The firm had already indicated at its plans to adopt NFTs more fully, a hot issue on the platform. Because Twitter did not yet offer any formal means of authenticating with a user’s crypto wallet and proving ownership, many crypto fans have already changed their profile image to a photo of their NFT.

    Twitter and NFTs

    Twitter had given a first peek at its intentions for NFTs in September, amid a flurry of other upgrades. At the time, Twitter emphasised how authentication would help creators to better promote their work on Twitter, and it claimed it was looking into ways to allow them to showcase collections.

    “In an emailed announcement, a business spokeswoman told TechCrunch that Twitter is where people go to discuss about subjects they care about, and often where people have their first experience with crypto and NFTs.” “People are now using NFTs as a form of identity and self-expression, as well as a way to participate in Twitter’s dynamic community and ever-increasing conversation.”

    Elon Musk’s comment on the NFT Twitter profile pictures

    Elon Musk did not seem amused by Twitter’s decision to allow verified non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to be used as profile images. The integration, according to the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is “annoying,” and he claims Twitter is wasting engineering resources on it rather than working to reduce spam on the network. NFTs were first made available to Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS, who were able to use them as profile images. The most recent choice deviates little from Twitter’s standard round-type display image. Hexagonal in shape, this one.

    Musk has previously shown his support for blockchain technology, but he has also expressed his disdain with it in public. His recent criticism of Twitter’s NFT action was likely prompted by the rise of crypto giveaway scams perpetrated by people impersonating Tesla CEO Elon Musk and other well-known figures.

    In 2018, Twitter had to ban unverified users that changed their identities to “Elon Musk.”

    Twitter’s new steps

    The launch of Twitter’s NFT service comes after the company allowed users to transfer and receive Bitcoin for several months. An NFT is a data unit that is recorded on a blockchain, a digital ledger that also serves as the foundation for cryptocurrency. NFTs rose to prominence as the technology developed. Certificates are included with NFTs and are used to certify the uniqueness of a digital object. They represent digital data such as images, movies, audio clips, and other media.

    On social media and through his electric vehicle company, Musk has frequently shown his support for this new industry. Musk said in March of last year that Tesla would accept Bitcoin payments, then changed his mind in May, citing environmental concerns. Tesla began accepting Dogecoin as payment for some of its products earlier this month.

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