Twitter’s new hexagonal NFT profile pics had been supposed to place right-click savers in their place.
The function, introduced Thursday, provides Twitter Blue subscribers the flexibility to designate their profile photos as official NFTs — thus, in idea, irrefutably “proving” their JPEGs are genuine items like CryptoPunks or Bored Apes at a look. It is the final word on-line flex in our status-obsessed digital age. It is also, sadly for NFT fans, extraordinarily straightforward to pretend.
Roughly 24 hours after Twitter introduced the brand new hexagonal NFT profile pic function, I used to be capable of get a CryptoPunk look-alike NFT as my official Twitter profile picture — hexagonal and all.
The method was comparatively easy. It required taking a picture (in this case some pixel artwork styled after CryptoPunks that I made in MS Paint), importing it to the NFT market Rarible, and minting it onto the Ethereum blockchain by sending it to a cryptocurrency pockets I management. Then, I merely needed to link the NFT to my Twitter account.
Credit score: Screenshot: Rarible
Whereas this pixelated picture is merely in the fashion of CryptoPunks, there can be nothing to cease somebody from right-click saving official Bored Apes or CryptoPunks and doing the identical factor.
In different phrases, because the above Twitter profile with a pretend “CryptoPunk” shows, these hexagonal profile pics Twitter so proudly rolled out Thursday do not actually imply a lot of something in any respect.
NFT house owners insist they’re completely not owned by ‘right-click savers’
And, if Twitter’s plan to combine blockchains past Ethereum — a plan confirmed by a Twitter spokesperson Thursday — goes forward, these hexagonal NFT profile pics will imply even much less for the NFT-status obsessed.
That is as a result of presently, attributable to Ethereum fuel charges, the price of minting an NFT to the Ethereum blockchain on a market like Rarible, prices anyplace from $100 to $200 value of ether. Nonetheless if Twitter goes forward and integrates different well-liked blockchains, like Tezos or Polygon, it would deliver that price all the way down to pennies — a value right-click savers will fortunately pay to screw with Bored Apes or different NFT diehards.
We already know that individuals will steal digital artwork, mint it as NFTs, and attempt to go it off as originals for revenue. It is a problem bedeviling artists, and one which shows no indicators of abating. Now Twitter seemingly made an analogous tactic obtainable to trolls.
In fact, Twitter might select to stop ripped-off NFTs from displaying in customers’ profile photos. That will, nonetheless, require censorship from a centralized social gathering (one thing anathema to your complete premise of the blockchain).
And Twitter looks like it has zero curiosity in gatekeeping. An organization spokesperson defined over electronic mail that Twitter has no need to restrict what NFT collections can and cannot be proven, and that the brand new function provides customers a approach to click on via profile photos to find out the related sensible contract handle. In Twitter’s thoughts, the duty of figuring out whether or not a hexagonal NFT profile picture is genuine or right-click saved falls squarely in the arms of the corporate’s customers. Which, frankly, type of undermines your complete premise of creating profile photos completely different at a look.
That somebody would possibly mint copy-pasted JPEGs after which use these JPEGs as their Twitter profile pic is an actual concern for individuals who’ve invested, each financially and infrequently emotionally, in the promise of NFTs.
“There’s truly a MAJOR PROBLEM with the brand new Twitter PFP function,” wrote one Bored Ape owner. “It seems to work for ANY NFT in your assortment. Not simply verified collections. Which means somebody can simply right-click-save any NFT, mint it, after which use it as their PFP”
That concern is now a actuality, as our personal CryptoPunk-style hexagonal Twitter profile pic proves.
Twitter’s new NFT profile pic function was alleged to imply that when customers noticed an account with a hexagonal profile picture, they might make sure that account owned the related NFT.
As an alternative, it seems to have by chance demonstrated one thing else totally in regards to the true worth of non-fungible tokens.