Venturing deeper into the realm of Web3, Twitter has now announced a new feature that will let users showcase their NFTs as their profile pictures (PFP) on the platform.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the burgeoning sector of the crypto industry that has gained mainstream adoption and on the back of strong 2021, continue to gain traction this year. More and more companies are also joining in with Facebook and its sister company Instagram announcing that they are working on a feature that will let users display NFTs as their profiles.
Twitter is also getting serious with its latest feature. However, for now, it is only available for limited users. The NFT feature is available to iOS users but will be viewable across all platforms to all Twitter users.
The feature is further restricted to users of Twitter Blue, the subscription offering of the social media platform, which is only available in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Much like follower count and blue checkmarks, these NFTs are a way to earn digital status.
These NFT avatars will be displayed on Twitter in hexagonal form, which will help them differentiate from ordinary profile pictures. Tapping on these PFP NFTs will pull up a page that will show their details, including the blockchain address and creator’s identity.
“Authenticity around NFT ownership is important to the crypto community and with NFT Profile Pictures, we’re providing a way for people to prove ownership of their NFTs and support those making this art,” the tech giant said in an interview.
The microblogging platform further supports only the static JPEG and PNG NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain. For authentication, Twitter has announced support for Coinbase Wallet, MetaMask, Ledger Live, Rainbow, Argent, and Trust Wallet.
Twitter is also hiring for the role of “Senior Product Manager, Crypto,” with a focus on NFTs, membership tokens, DAOs, and more.
QuickNode Powers the New PFP Feature
This latest NFT Profile Pictures feature from Twitter is powered by blockchain infrastructure providing company QuickNode. Its NFT API lets users find any NFT, verify their ownership, and pull out key information about them without having to go through individual smart contracts.
“Through this new feature, we’ll help provide a means in which people on Twitter can show off the NFTs they own and be a part of its thriving community,” the company said in a statement.
“While demand for QuickNode’s platform as a provider of blockchain infrastructure continues to take off as more companies look to adopt blockchain as part of their product strategy, we’re excited to partner with platforms such as Twitter,” it added.
Back in October, QuickNode, which makes it fast and easy for companies to integrate with blockchain infrastructure, closed its $35 million Series A funding round led by Tiger Global Management. Other investors included Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six Fund, Arrington XRP Capital, Soma Capital, Crossbeam, and crypto entrepreneur Anthony Pompliano.
This fresh capital came just five months after QuickNode raised a $5.3 million seed round led by Ohanian and SoftBank. Today, the company raised over $45 million.
Operating on the Solana blockchain, QuickNode also supports nine other major blockchains, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Terra, and xDai, and boasts of low latency and high speed. Furthermore, QuickNode delivers low-cost transactions, making it another leading Ethereum competitor.