Reddit to integrate NFT profile pics for its users

Reddit is experimenting with NFT profile images on its site, only a week after Twitter introduced a similar option.
Reddit is experimenting with NFT profile images on its site, only a week after Twitter introduced a similar option.

Reddit is experimenting with NFT profile images on its site, only a week after Twitter introduced a similar option.

In 2021, the famous social networking platform had approximately 430 million monthly users, and it’s rumored that it’s working on an NFT profile picture implementation, which will let users set their profile picture to any non-fungible token with an attached image.

The company is continually looking into ways to create value for users and groups on Reddit, said company’s spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt in an interview with Techcrunch on January 27. He added that Reddit is currently experimenting with the ability to use NFTs as avatars and verify ownership.

“It’s a small, internal test, and no decisions have been made about expanding or rolling out the capability,” he clarified.

An app developer earlier this week shared a Reddit poster promoting the functionality, suggesting that the tests are already well underway.

Reddit joins other social media platforms

It is not the first time that some social media platform has decided to integrate NFT in one way or the other.

Last week, Twitter released NFT profile pictures for Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS. NFTs, on the other hand, has recently received a lot of flak from gamers and Web2 developers. A GitHub contributor shared a browser extension a day after the introduction that automatically disables Twitter accounts with NFT profile images.

Photo and video sharing social media app Instagram has also hinted at its plans on integrating digital art into its platform.

For quite some time, the hub of crypto investors, Reddit, has been experimenting with numerous NFT-related efforts. At nft.reddit.com, it even has a dedicated page for NFT-related operations.

The company also launched cryptocurrency tokens for its /r/cryptocurrency and /r/Fortnite communities in May 2020. MOONs and BRICKs were the names of the tokens, which are based on Ethereum specifications.