- Twitter Blue has rolled out a new verification feature for NFT profile pictures (pfp).
- Verified NFT pfps will be displayed in a hexagonal shape.
- The verification feature is a paid subscription service.
Twitter’s first-ever subscription service Twitter Blue, which was introduced in June last year, has rolled out a new feature for NFT profile pictures (pfp).
gm!— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) January 20, 2022
You asked (a lot), so we made it. Now rolling out in Labs: NFT Profile Pictures on iOS pic.twitter.com/HFyspS4cQW
Currently only available on iOS, this NFT pfp verification feature allows NFT owners to link their Ethereum wallet to their Twitter account so they can choose an NFT they want to use as their pfp. Once chosen, Twitter will automatically crop the NFT pfp into a hexagonal shape, and the verification is done.
This feature is designed to differentiate legitimate NFT pfp owners from those who’ve right-clicked and saved theirs. Similar to the blue tick verification, the NFT verification feature can help people detect scammers in the space.
As this feature is not available for Android users yet, it may not be fair to assume that everyone with a circular NFT pfp doesn’t own theirs.
For this feature, Twitter is using OpenSea’s API to fetch the NFT pfps. Using OpenSea’s API, metadata and collection verification, the integration also allows others to uncover key NFT information, including the NFT name, its original creator, its collection description and additional properties of the artwork.
What this also means is that if OpenSea experiences an outage like it did yesterday, Twitter may have trouble loading the pfps.
This happened to Twitter’s unreleased NFT feature, as spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, a security researcher who uncovers hidden and unreleased features on apps like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook through her intensive digital detective work.
Twitter and Opensea have yet to address these issues.
Seeing as the NFT community is highly active on Twitter, this may be a cash-grab opportunity for the platform. However, the monthly subscription fee of $2.99 is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount many people spend on NFTs.
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