You can now show off your prized NFTs on your Twitter profile as a PFP! Twitter and OpenSea have announced the fruits of their partnership in rolling out this new feature. From today onwards, Twitter Blue subscribers can connect their NFT wallets to their Twitter accounts, then choose a profile picture from their NFT collection. Once it is verified, the profile picture will be displayed in a soft hexagon instead of the usual circular icon.
Only static images (PNGs and JPEGs) minted on the Ethereum blockchain can be used at this point, including ERC-721 and ERC-1155 token standards. Besides, the feature is only live in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. Therefore, the rest of the world will have to wait a tad longer, along with Android users and owners with NFTs minted on other blockchains.
Twitter Blue NFT PFPs
As more users are expressing themselves with the NFTs that they associate themselves with, this rollout seems fitting. This feature simplifies and enables several activities within the community.
Firstly, the feature allows users to signal and display their membership within a certain NFT community through their profile pictures. This also opens the door for conversations and engagements across social platforms. Secondly, it is one of the easiest ways to flex a certain prized possession. Thirdly, the integration of OpenSea’s API, metadata, and collection verification makes it more legitimate than simply copying the image as a profile picture.
When viewers tap on a verified NFT PFP, they can get instant access to the NFT name, creator, collection description, and other additional properties of the artwork. This feature will be available as long as the user continues to hold the NFT in the connected wallet. Once the item is transferred, the image will remain as the PFP but there will no longer be any details available.
Since the announcement of the feature, the companies have received mixed reactions from the NFT community. Some users appreciated this timely introduction in the midst of the NFT bull run, some offered more suggestions on top of the existing features, and others have downright criticized it. It certainly did not help when OpenSea seemed to be down at the time of the announcement.
One of the common criticisms surrounds the fact that Twitter Blue is charging a monthly subscription fee. This led users to question the need to pay when many owners are already displaying their NFTs through their PFPs.
A Twitter user also pointed out a major flaw of the feature. Apparently, it allows stolen NFTs to be used as PFPs as long as an image is minted using the accepted format. However, if they only allowed verified collections to be used as PFPs, a ton of NFT owners will be left out, especially those having 1-of-1 pieces.
This feature is still in its early stages with the NFT market itself going through rapid developments. There is still much room for growth and enhancements. In any case, I’m pretty sure both these companies are listening closely to the voice of the community, loud and clear.
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