Crypto Twitter’s elite either covet or ridicule the blue check mark on their profiles, which both validates the authenticity of the account and separates them from the general population.
But, like it or not, verification is coming to Twitter with NFT, a digital token that represents ownership of real or virtual assets. One of the company’s developers shared an early experimental glimpse of the feature today.
Twitter Spaces software engineer Mada Aflak showed a quick demo where a person would click on their avatar and select an NFT from their cryptocurrency wallet. after downloading the NFT from OpenSea, a popular digital collectibles marketplace, they could place the NFT on their avatar – with the customary blue check mark to show they are the true owner of that image.
Aflak emphasizes that this is just a mock experiment – nothing is final – and she asks users for questions and suggestions. But it’s an exciting step forward for the feature.
As devotees of Ether and other smart contract blockchains have recently begun posting their digital properties as profile photos, NFTs have become similar to recent social currencies. However, the nature of NFTs, many of which are JPEGs, means that anyone can copy and paste someone else’s NFT into their own profile picture. Just as there are multiple fake Vitalik Buterin accounts, there could now be multiple accounts that are the same Bored Ape.
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Twitter’s NFT feature should solve this problem, but not everyone thinks it can. Bitcoin maximalist grublés (without the blue check mark) at blockchain tech company Blockstream writes: “Twitter’s NFT authentication looks very easy to defeat and will only devolve into a bunch of disputes that will eventually be resolved by a Twitter person in a cubicle somewhere, proving what we know and love about ETH, ‘centralization, but more steps’ The claim.”
While it’s hard to draw such conclusions from a mere mock video, it remains unclear how committed the Jack Dorsey-led tech company is to creating tools for users of Ether, which is where most NFTs originate. Dorsey, a Bitcoin supporter who is notorious for his distaste for Ether, said in June that he would not invest in it. At the press conference announcing the feature (and Bitcoin tipping) last week, exec Esther Crawford went to great lengths to avoid using the E word.
“By allowing people to connect their bitcoin wallets, they can track and show their NFT ownership on Twitter,” Crawford said. Nonetheless, Aflak’s online demo shows a glimpse of the prominent ethereum wallet MetaMask.