What was just a rumor last week has finally been officially announced by Twitter. Users of the premium version of the social network, Twitter Blue, will be able to connect their account with their wallet containing their non-fungible tokens (NFT).
A profile picture on the blockchain
The social network Twitter, founded by Jack Dorsey, has multiplied the connections with the world of Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies in recent months. In September 2021, for example, BTC payments sent by the Lightning Network were included in the new Twitter Tips option, which allows followers to tip their favorite accounts.
This Thursday, January 20, 2022, Twitter announced that paid subscribers to its Twitter Blue service – available on iOS devices – will be able to connect their social network account to their blockchain digital wallet, in order to retrieve and choose their NFT as their Twitter avatar.
“Ready to show off your NFT? Follow these simple steps to connect your crypto wallet and show off your NFT profile images!”
Only NFTs on Ethereum to start
According to the help page of this new service called “NFT Profile Pictures”, a limited number of wallets are compatible for the moment to connect its non-fungible token to its Twitter Blue profile. These are the wallets : Argent, Coinbase Wallet, Ledger Live, MetaMask, Rainbow and Trust Wallet.
The image from the NFT will appear as a hexagon with rounded corners, rather than a circle like other standard profile avatars.
It will be possible to view the details and authenticity of NFTs as well as the collection from which they originate via OpenSea or other marketplaces dedicated to its blockchain-unique tokens.
At the current stage of development of this option, only NFTs present on the Ethereum network (ETH) are supported, including tokens with ERC-721 and ERC-1155 standards.
While Twitter allows you to display your NFT holdings, Jack Dorsey’s other company, Block (formerly Square) is digging ever deeper into the cryptosphere. Literally and figuratively, as the company officially announced that Block was launching production of mining ASICs for Bitcoin.