Twitter Working on Blockchain-linked Collectibles Tab
- According to recent information, Twitter is working on helping users display their blockchain collectibles on the platform.
- Users will be able to add their confirmed NFT collections to their profiles.
- While Twitter has not launched the full version of the initiative, the beta tests show that the release date is closer than we think.
A recent tweet from a senior software engineer at Twitter revealed that the micro-blogging and networking service is planning to add an exciting new tab on their users’ profiles. This tab will allow users to show off their NFT collection.
Just in case you were wondering — NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, an unprecedented and non-exchangeable unit of data kept in a digital ledger. In other words, they are unique assets that you can buy and sell like pieces of property in the digital world, but they don’t have appreciable value on their own. So, if it helps, think of NFTs as the certificate of ownership for both physical and virtual assets.
Although Twitter started working on the collectibles feature in September, it seems that the project is nearing the completion stage.
Only a few weeks ago, Mada Aflak, who is the Android Tech Lead of Twitter Spaces, tweeted a video that showed the initial stages of the blockchain-linked collectible tab experiment and as well as how the tab worked.
In the video, Aflak did a step-by-step demonstration of how to connect a crypto wallet to your Twitter tab and then showed users how to select any one of your NFTs to be your profile picture. Of course, the collectibles tab supports crypto wallets from several popular providers, including Coinbase, Crypto.com, and Metamask.
Once you add your NFTs to your Twitter tab, your collection of NFTs enters a storage tab on your profile and bears a ‘Collectibles’ label.
That is not all.
There is also a verification feature. Although Twitter hinted at the fact that they’ll let users verify their NFTs, it is reassuring to know that they included the feature. A small verification badge appears on your profile picture once you confirm that the NFT you added is real.
However, the Tweet from Mada Alfak was only from the earlier stages of developing the blockchain collectibles tab. Reverse Engineer, Jane Manchun Wong has just revealed updates on the project.
In the tweet she sent, Wong showed off more details about the Twitter blockchain collectibles that we didn’t see before.
You Get a Close-up View of Various NFTs
Jane Manchun Wong’s tweet showed users that Twitter was also working on an interface that will allow users to view NFTs up close.
By clicking on an NFT, the service takes you to a page where you can access comprehensive information — from its description to its creator and other related details — about the NFT collection.
Wong also revealed that the Collectibles tab would replace the ‘Likes’ tab regarding its position on your profiles. So, you may have to scroll in the horizontal direction to get to the tab.
Predictably, it seems as though the Collectibles tab on Twitter was a big hit. Many users tweeted back at Wong and Mada Alfak, expressing various levels of approval and anticipation regarding the development.
Others Users Would Have Twitter Focus its Efforts Someplace Else
While the majority consensus is that the NFTs collectible tab is an exciting addition to Twitter, other users are not sure the project should have been next in line.
The new blockchain-linked collectibles tab may be proof of Twitter’s willingness to neglect more delicate and urgent issues on the platform, such as its fight against misinformation.
A developer, Nathan Lawrence, quickly pointed this out, saying that Twitter could have opted to dedicate its resources to fighting misinformation.
No doubt, this disposition is understandable. After all, Birdwatch, Twitter’s misinformation prevention tool, has remained hidden somewhere on the platform for months after it was launched earlier this year.
Birdwatch is a crowdsourced tool that empowers the community on Twitter to identify and report questionable content on the platform. However, since its launch in January, information about the tool has been scarce, except for the fact that you may find Birdwatch notes in tweets.
So, while Twitter has added an NFT feature to its interface, Birdwatch is nowhere to be found.
The Collectibles Tab on Twitter
IUndoubtedly, Twitter has accepted that cryptocurrency and other digital currencies are here to stay. Not only that, they are even trying to create an integration of NFTs and their platform. And from the looks of things, the full launch of the blockchain Collectibles tab on Twitter will not be far.
Ironically, in 2018, Twitter put a ban on all advertisements related to crypto on its platform. Undoubtedly, those days are behind them.