Twitter Launches Verified NFT Profile Pictures

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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Twitter announced it would implement verification for NFT profile pictures. It rolled out the new feature for iOS users on Thursday.

Hexagons Mark the Difference

Twitter has moved to capitalize on the booming crypto trend by introducing verification for NFT profile pictures. 

A recent viral trend has resulted in an explosion of NFT art used as profile pictures by enthusiasts on Twitter. A sizeable section of them uses characters from the Bored Apes Yacht Club, one of the most popular collections. Now the social media platform has rolled out a mechanism so users can authenticate their unique digital assets.

Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are unique tokens that are non-interchangeable and can be traded on the blockchain. Typical examples include digital artworks, photos, and music, but even poems or tweets can count as NFTs. 

The new feature will help owners of these assets identify themselves. It introduces a hexagonal-shaped border to the digital art used as a profile picture. This is markedly different from the circular shapes used by regular users. Clicking on them will pull up details about the art, such as its creator.

For now, the feature only works with Etherum-based digital wallets and on iOS devices.

Verified NFT profile pictures are available to customers on Twitter Blue, a paid service the platform launched last year. So far, the premium upgrade has not caught on much with users after it received a tepid reception on launch.

In a video released alongside the announcement, Twitter Blue explained how the new feature works. Subscribers can link their digital wallets to their accounts and then choose the NFTs they want to use as profile pictures. 

Twitter’s new rollout is another step in its attempt to cement a place in the burgeoning virtual space. Last September, it announced a feature that allows users to tip their favorite content creators with Bitcoin.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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