As crypto enthusiasts wrangle over the intrinsic value of digital art objects (non-fungible tokens, NFTs) and the value of owning them, Twitter deals a preemptive blow to the part of the community who thinks that to put a picture of any popular NFT collection as profile picture, there is no need to purchase it. The social network is testing a feature that will allow a non-fungible token to be used as a profile picture and even show which blockchain this digital art object belongs to, thus proving its authenticity.
Twitter’s head of consumer product marketing Justin Taylor posted a video in which chief software engineer Mada Aflak showed users the all-new feature that will allow them to use their NFTs as profile photos.
Here’s a sneak peek👀 on what we’re working on for NFT profile verification.— Justin Taylor (@TheSmarmyBum) September 29, 2021
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/Z8c6tH3BBy
How to do it?
Those who wish to use non-fungible tokens as avatars on Twitter should click on the “Change Photo” button, after which they will see a new “Select NFT” function. It will allow Internet users to connect a digital wallet such as Coinbase, Metamask or any other offered by the network to their Twitter account. Select an NFT and confirm the action!
We also know that in addition to NFT profile pictures, users will be able to display other NFTs they own via the upcoming menu option “Collectibles” which will be between “Tweets and replies”, “Media” , “Reactions” and other activities on Twitter. This option will contain information about all digital art objects owned by the user.
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Twitter hinted at these features when, on September 23, the network implemented a Bitcoin (BTC) payments tool via the Lightning Network protocol. However, the timing of the implementation of the capabilities associated with the NFT remains unknown.