Twitter launches NFT profile pics tool
Twitter NFT profile pics are now launched. Twitter has launched a tool through which users can showcase non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as their profile pictures. Twitter is tapping into a digital collectibles craze that has exploded over the past year. Twitter started experimenting with NFT profiles back in October 2021.
The feature, available on iOS to users of the company’s Twitter Blue subscription service, connects their Twitter accounts to crypto wallets where the users store NFT holdings. Twitter displays the NFT profile pictures as hexagons, differentiating them from the standard circles available to other users. Tapping on the pictures prompts details about the art and its ownership to appear.
The social media platform last year added functionality for users to send and receive Bitcoin.
Sales of NFTs reached some $25 billion in 2021, according to data from market tracker DappRadar, although there were signs of growth slowing toward the end of the year.
In a widely circulated tweet after the launch, security researcher Jane Manchun Wong highlighted one of those links, showing how an outage at venture-backed NFT marketplace OpenSea temporarily blocked NFTs from loading on Twitter.