In September 2021, Twitter announced that it would add a way for users to authenticate NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and the feature is now live. The platform now allows users to link any NFT they own to their Twitter account and, as proof of authenticity, will display authentic NFT profile pictures with a new hexagon-shaped mask.
This hexagonal profile picture will replace the standard circular profile picture you may see on any Twitter account’s timeline. The feature obviously requires a Twitter user to have an NFT, not just an unofficially obtained image of the NFT, but there are other prerequisites as well.
First, the feature is currently only available for iOS users. It might come to Android later, but there’s no confirmation yet. Second, Twitter users will need to have a Twitter Blue certification to link and authenticate their NFTs. The premium Twitter Blue subscription costs $2.99 per month in supported regions, a small addition over the money needed to purchase an NFT.
The profile picture will also offer more information about that particular NFT. So if you see someone with a genuine hex profile picture, you can click on their profile picture and choose “Show NFT details” to find out the owner, collection, and other information.
How to get the hex profile picture if you have an NFT?
Twitter currently supports a number of crypto wallets that users can connect to their profiles to authenticate their NFTs. These include Argent, Coinbase Wallet, Ledger Live, MetaMask, Rainbow, and Trust Wallet.
If you have all the prerequisites, just open your Twitter app on an iPhone and go to your profile. Click the Edit Profile button, then tap your profile picture.
Ready to show off your NFT? Follow these simple steps to connect your crypto wallet and see your NFT PFPs! pic.twitter.com/epSL7VXG5o
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) January 20, 2022
Under the usual “Upload photo” option, you will find a “Choose NFT” option. Click on it and Twitter will take you to a page where you can connect your crypto wallet.
From your encryption service of choice, you can then choose which NFTs you own to set as your profile picture, and the hex shape is added automatically.