On Thursday, Twitter introduced a new feature to allow non-fungible token (NFT) owners identify themselves on the site. NFTs are unique digital assets that are commonly connected to images of cartoon artwork. Instead of the circular window used by the rest of Twitter, owners of NFTs will be identified by a hexagonal-shaped profile image. However, there is a catch: the new service is only available to customers of Twitter’s premium Blue service, which was launched in June to mixed reviews.
Feature and News Flash
Owners of NFT can now display their stats using the new feature. When you hover your mouse over a hexagonal NFT profile photo, it displays information about what makes that NFT special, such as if it’s from the coveted Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection, which creates NFTs of cartoon monkeys with different accessories or qualities. Serena Williams, the tennis star, disclosed that she owns a BAYC NFT with pink fur and teary eyes in a tweet on Thursday.
Many users utilized NFT photos as their profile pictures before Twitter announced its new functionality, but NFT photos contain a deadly fault. Anyone can save the image by right-clicking on it and using it as their own without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to do so.
The “right-click and save” tactic is seen as NFT theft by crypto enthusiasts, while it is seen as proof that the apparently unique jpegs are worthless by crypto critics. Twitter’s new service adds another layer of authentication for NFT owners, but it doesn’t solve the “theft” issue because NFTs are also made by anyone.
Hexagons and Blue feature?
The NFT capability will be available to iOS users first. It will be added to the Android and web versions in the not-too-distant future. However, everyone on Twitter will be able to see the new hexagon-shaped photo that iOS users have uploaded. The Blue subscription service is only offered in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This reduces the number of people who use NFT Profile Pictures.
Twitter currently supports a number of crypto wallets, which users may use to connect to their accounts and validate their NFT tokens. Argent, Coinbase Wallet, Ledger Live, MetaMask, Rainbow, and Trust Wallet are among them. If you no longer want to display an NFT as your profile picture, users will be able to remove it. This can be accomplished by just changing one’s profile photo.
What to do before setting up an NFT profile picture?
Twitter states on one of its FAQ pages that the platform would never ask for money from your cryptocurrency wallet. As a result, users should be cautious and double-check all incoming requests to their wallets. You also stay away from requests for transfers that aren’t familiar to you.
The business goes on to warn that it will never ask for your private key or seed phrase, and that you should never share them anywhere, especially on Twitter. “We save your public address to ensure that it continues to hold the NFT you set as your profile picture, even though we won’t maintain an ongoing connection with your crypto wallet,” Twitter explained.