Elon Musk’s “X” Quietly Drops NFT Profile Pictures for Paid Subscribers in Platform Overhaul
Elon Musk’s social media platform “X” (formerly Twitter) has silently removed the option for its paid subscribers to utilize NFTs as profile pictures.
This modification comes amidst Elon Musk’s unveiled initiatives for the platform in 2024, emphasizing peer-to-peer payments and advanced AI tools.
NFT Profile Picture Feature’s Genesis and Removal
The platform initially introduced the NFT profile picture feature in January 2022 under Twitter’s previous management, enabling Twitter Blue subscribers to display Ethereum-minted NFTs (ERC-721 or ERC-1155 tokens) as profile images, showcased in a unique hexagonal shape.
Previously, users could interact with the profile picture to access detailed information about the NFT, including its collection details, contract address, TokenID, and the minting application used.
However, Elon Musk’s “X” has now discreetly erased all references to the NFT profile picture functionality from its X Premium support page.
The prior description outlined the process for Premium subscribers to temporarily link their crypto wallets, setting up an NFT as their profile picture, symbolized by the distinctive hexagon shape.
NFTs and Social Media Trends
This removal aligns with a broader trend among social networks, as many have started to scale back NFT-related features.
Notably, Instagram and Facebook experimented with NFTs in 2022, but Meta discontinued NFT support in March 2023.
Despite challenges like the decline in some high-value tokens, such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club, the NFT market exhibits signs of resurgence, with trade volumes surpassing $1.6 billion, indicating a renewed interest in the digital asset market according to NFT aggregator CryptoSlam.