Social Media giant Reddit reports testing out NFT profile pictures
The social media giant Reddit has announced it will be testing out NFT profile pictures on the platform, the news surfacing a week or so following Twitter’s implementation of a similar feature.
Reddit’s popularity appeared surging in the year 2021, with the social media firm counting around 430 million monthly users in the year. The new announcement said that the implementation of NFT profile pictures would enable users to now set their profile picture to any upcoming non-fungible token with an attached image.
In an interview dated January 27 with Techcrunch, Reddit’s spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt had stated that the firm is always exploring ways for providing value to its users and communities, and currently, they were testing the ability of using NFTs as profile pictures or avatars along side verifying ownership.
Rathschmidt added that it’s a “small and internal test” and that no decisions have been made so far about expansion or rolling out the same.
Earlier this week, an app developer had posted a banner from Reddit that was promoting the feature, indicating that the tests had well advanced already.
Twitter has also introduced NFT profile pictures lately, in the last week. The feature is presently available to Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS.
However, NFTs have been met with a considerable backlash from video gamers and Web2 devs recently. One day after the launch, a GitHub contributor had shared a browser extension that would automatically block Twitter accounts that had been using NFT profile pictures.
As NFTs in the crypto space grows, Reddit has been gearing up to experiment with various initiatives around NFT art for quite some time; notable mention here is a dedicated page for NFT-related activities at nft.reddit.com.
Back in May 2020, the social media company had also introduced cryptocurrency tokens for its /r/cryptocurrency and /r/Fortnite communities. The tokens were named MOONs and BRICKs and based on Ethereum standards.