As you’re scrolling through Twitter, you may notice that some things look a little different than you’re used to. Some users, in particular, now have hexagonal Twitter profile pictures.
Twitter is a popular social networking platform that’s characterized by short, pithy, text-based posts. Users can also share images and videos on Twitter.
In the past, Twitter has only ever offered users a circular profile picture. This noticeable departure from the norm has some users wondering how they can get their (digital) hands on a hexagonal avatar.
So is it possible to make your own profile picture in this new style? Do you need a special user status on Twitter, like a blue checkmark, in order to get it?
As of right now, there’s only one way to get a hexagonal Twitter profile picture. Want to know how? Read on.
What Does the Hexagonal Twitter Profile Picture Mean?
Having a hexagonal Twitter profile picture on your account signifies that you’re an NFT investor. The only way to get these hexagonal avatars is by connecting your secure cryptocurrency wallet to your Twitter account.
These days, more people understand the concepts behind cryptocurrency than ever before. Essentially, investors can purchase NFTs, which exist securely on blockchain and are steadily growing more popular. Twitter is staying ahead of the curve by offering special representation to specific crypto investors.
Not just any kind of NFT ownership equates to this unique new profile image, though. The only kinds of NFTs that will trigger a hexagonal profile picture on Twitter are tokens purchased on the Ethereum blockchain.
If that sounds like an entirely new language to you, don’t worry. Let’s break down what NFTs are.
What Are NFTs?
NFTs (which stands for Non-Fungible Tokens) are digital assets available for purchase with cryptocurrency. The concept is a bit abstract, but essentially, NFTs are unique, unlike digital coins (which are considered fungible).
This article from The Verge describes NFTs as similar to one-of-a-kind trading cards. You can’t directly swap one NFT for another. When you invest in an NFT, you’ve purchased something entirely singular.
Oftentimes NFTs exist as pieces of digital art or audio recordings. Investors own their stake in this art, whether it’s an entire work or just a portion of it.
There’s a sense of exclusivity in representing oneself as an NFT investor. Because investors buy and hold NFTs on the blockchain, they can prove without a doubt that they hold ownership of these assets.
Most NFTs currently exist on the Ethereum blockchain. Like Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other cryptocurrencies, Ethereum is just one kind of digital coin. Right now, NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain are the only NFTs Twitter users can connect to get a hexagonal Twitter profile picture.
On Twitter, NFT investors have taken to displaying their unique digital assets in their profile photos. The problem is, anyone can right-click, save, and re-upload an image to their own profile.
(Saving a copy of NFT art isn’t the same as actually purchasing it, though. When you buy an original NFT on the blockchain, there’s specific identifying information in the file that connects it to the creator and owner.)
Because the hexagonal Twitter profile picture is only available to users who connect their secure cryptocurrency wallet to the platform, it’s a more secure, verifiable way to display the NFTs you own. That’s because the token itself is used to prove that a user holds ownership of the NFT in question.
How to Get a Hexagonal Twitter Profile Picture
You can’t actually create your own hexagonal Twitter profile picture in terms of design. Twitter will only display NFTs in this shape. Every other profile picture will still be the default round shape.
Want to know how to get a hexagonal Twitter profile picture? Let’s jump into it.
First, you need a Twitter Blue subscription. This is a monthly paid subscription to Twitter that unlocks additional features before they’re available to free users.
Twitter Blue also includes exclusive premium features, such as bookmark folders and NFT profile pictures, that free users can’t access. It costs $2.99 USD to sign up.
In addition to a Twitter Blue subscription, you’ll need to link your secure cryptocurrency wallet to your account. Twitter accepts Trust Wallet, Coinbase Wallet, Argent, Rainbow, Ledger Live, and MetaMask wallets.
Connecting your wallet allows you to access NFTs via your Twitter account. Note that you must be logged into the account you used to subscribe.
Right now, Twitter only allows users to display PNG and JPEG NFTs.
Once you’ve connected your wallet, you can navigate to your Twitter profile to change your profile avatar to the hexagonal NFT image. Here’s a quick breakdown:
- Open your Twitter profile and click or tap the Edit Profile button.
- You’ll see an option that allows you to select an NFT instead of a standard profile picture.
- Once you’ve selected Choose NFT, Twitter may prompt you to connect your wallet. Follow the steps, and Twitter will return you to select the NFT you want to use.
When you’ve chosen your NFT, your avatar will automatically shift to a hexagonal Twitter profile picture.
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