Twitter announced the launch of a tool through which users can showcase non-fungible tokens as their profile pictures, tapping into a digital collectibles craze that has exploded over the past year https://t.co/gmxKya4PxG pic.twitter.com/l4NRJtCvoo
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 21, 2022
Wait I have to pay 2.99 in FIAT DOLLARS a month for twitter blue to use my nfts as my avatar? Please get out of my face I do not deal in fake government issued money
— kang (@jaycaspiankang) January 20, 2022
Whenever I see a photo of Jack Dorsey, I imagine Gimli the Dwarf announcing ‘He’s the cousin we don’t talk about.’ But he *does* understand his user base!
The Verge seems dubious about this latest Advanced Tech Move:
… On one hand, NFT profile pictures could be viewed as an incredible technology integration adding real utility for verified digital items. Alternately, it’s an unmissable signal pointing out the people that you should block or mute before they try to sell you some of their blockchain receipts.
No matter what your opinion of easily reproduced digital trinkets is, Twitter is integrating them in a way that separates ridiculous images of cartoon apes that have been right-clicked for use as standard profile pictures from ridiculous images of cartoon apes that are connected to blockchain tokens by adding a special “soft hexagon” shape around them…
Despite Twitter’s list of wallets, there are people who think it isn’t doing enough to verify the provenance of NFTs. As Adam Hollander points out, Twitter’s setup and hexagon logo only checks to see if there is an NFT connected to the user’s wallet — it doesn’t check or tell viewers if that NFT is verified as belonging to a high-profile collection (like the Bored Ape Yach Club, for example). You could go through the same right-click save exercise mentioned above, mint the image as a new NFT, and on your profile page, it will look identical to that of a person who has ownership of the verified image.
The only way someone can tell if your NFTs are actually from the collection that they appear to be is to click on your profile picture and check the details. Otherwise, a fake BAYC toke (like this one) looks at first glance just like the officially minted one (here). Twitter’s head of consumer product marketing Justin Taylor says this is on purpose, and that “We don’t want to limit this to just verified collections, that would be wrong, and non supportive of the broader nft movement. Anyone SHOULD be able to mint anything and make it their nft.”…
lol, lmao pic.twitter.com/VSSRLuxnrv
— matthew. (@iAmTheWarax) January 21, 2022
Why do they laugh at my mighty sword?!?…