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On Tuesday, Elon Musk’s ex wrote about a grand vision for the company in 2024, including peer-to-peer payments and launching more AI-powered tools. Amidst all this, the company silently removed a feature for paid subscribers. They are no longer able to set an NFT as a profile picture.
The feature was originally launched in January 2022 under Twitter’s previous management. At the time, the company allowed Twitter Blue customers to set NFTs created on Ethereum (ERC-721 or ERC-1155 tokens) as profile pictures, which eventually appeared as hexagons. Users can click/tap the profile picture to learn more about the NFT, including details such as the NFT’s collection, contract address, tokenID, and the app it was created from.
X has now removed all details about the NFT profile picture feature X Premium Help Page,
“As a premium subscriber, you can create a customized [sic] Your profile so you can show the NFTs you own in the hex-shaped profile picture on your account. “After a temporary connection to your crypto wallet that allows you to set an NFT as your profile picture, your digital asset is displayed in a special hexagon shape that identifies you as the owner of that NFT,” Details about the feature read on the site first (Internet Archive link,
People who had the NFT set as their profile picture still have hexagonal avatars. It’s unclear whether X will eventually remove them as well.
The removal of this feature is not too surprising as other social networks have also discontinued their NFT experiments. In 2022, both Instagram and Facebook began experimenting with showcasing and posting NFTs. However, Meta discontinued support for NFTs in March 2023.
While the value of some high-priced tokens like Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) has fallen from their peak, the NFT market has shown signs of recovery over the past few months, with NFT trading volume exceeding $1.6 billion according to . Aggregator CryptoSlam.