Twitter Embracing NFTs With New Hexagon-Shaped Profile Pics
Last September, Twitter announced it would introduce a way for authenticating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by owners using the NFT images as their profile pics. That feature has now gone live, for a $2.99 Twitter Blue subscription and with an iOS device.
You asked (a lot), so we made it. Now rolling out in Labs: NFT Profile Pictures on iOS pic.twitter.com/HFyspS4cQW
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) January 20, 2022
Currently, NFT owners face the “right-click save” problem. Virtually, anyone can copy an NFT and use it as their profile pic. With the new Twitter service, it would now be possible to use non-fungible tokens as profile pictures in a very authentic way. It will make verifiable NFT profile pics clearly distinguishable as they will appear as soft hexagons rather than as standard circles.
For NFT enthusiasts, this would be a huge deal with the integration adding a real utility to digital assets that have been verified.
The new Twitter NFT integration now clearly separates the real NFT images that are linked to blockchain tokens from those that have merely been downloaded from the internet. For those who value the bragging rights that come with NFT ownership, the Twitter integration turns off the light bulbs on the posers and thrusts the real NFT owners into the spotlight.
The new feature will be available to users of Twitter’s Blue subscription services and is Twitter’s biggest foray into NFTs so far.
Twitter will support a number of crypto wallets at launch which users will be able to connect to their profiles in order to verify the tokens are non-fungible. These wallets include the following: –
- Coinbase Wallet
- Trust Wallet
- Ledger Live
However, the fact that blockchain interaction only covers a few approved sources means that information on who owns the respective NFTs isn’t as easily accessible as we would expect in a decentralized blockchain ecosystem. An OpenSea database outage last week also affected Twitter’s NFT collection pages which also lost their information, as reported by the researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
OpenSea is down
Twitter uses OpenSea’s API for loading NFTs
Therefore, Twitter’s NFT feature is down#decentralization pic.twitter.com/Etqjvwhi9Y
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) January 20, 2022
Some have pointed out that Twitter’s NFT setup isn’t sufficiently verifying the provenance of NFT tokens. The Twitter integration and the hexagon logo only checks to see if there is a nonfungible token connected to a user’s wallet but it doesn’t verify or tell you whether the NFT has been verified as belonging to a high-profile collection such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club. A user can simply go through a ‘right click save’ to retrieve the image and remint it as a new nonfungible token and on the Twitter profile page, the NFT will look the same as that of a person who owns the verified image.
All due respect, that's not good enough.
Part of what makes this feature important to #NFTs is the ability to prove ownership at a glance.
You've created a system that still allows people to right-click-save & benefit.
Verified collections need to be marked ON the hexagon.
— Adam Hollander (@HollanderAdam) January 20, 2022
Someone will tell your NFTs are actually from a collection they appear to belong to when they click on your profile picture and look at the details. A fake NFT token looks exactly like an officially minted at one at first glance and Twitter says this is on purpose as it doesn’t want to limit the NFT integrations to verified collections only as such a restriction will not support the broader NFT movement. Anyone should have the freedom to mint anything and make them their NFT.
According to Twitter FAQs on the NFT setup, Twitter will continue to display the image of an NFT in your profile pic even if you sell it but the image will revert to a common circle frame instead of the soft hexagon shape which is for crypto wallets only.
From now on, if you see someone with a soft hexagon NFT profile pic, you can click on the hexagon profile pic to know more about their NFT collection. Select ViewNFT details and then check out the information on the “NFT owner, NFT description, collection, properties, and additional details.”