Musk buys Twitter; lets users buy NFTs

Musk buys Twitter

As Elon Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, the social media platform announced today that it would let users buy, sell, and display NFTs directly through tweets.

The new feature was announced via Twitter Dev on 28 October. The tweet mentioned that the micro-blogging site is currently testing the new integration, named NFT Tweet Tiles. The new feature will enable users to view a larger picture of the NFT alongside details like the title and creator. It would also display the artwork of an NFT in a dedicated panel within a tweet, not to mention a button to let users click through to a marketplace listing.

Tweet Tiles were originally introduced in August to expand news articles of three news publications. It is incredible to see the blockchain integration to the feature come through so fast. It adds “one more step in our journey to let developers impact the Tweet experience,” according to Twitter’s Dev account.

The new integration is being launched in partnership with four popular NFT marketplaces—Solana-centric marketplace Magic Eden, multi-platform NFT marketplace protocol Rarible, Flow blockchain creator Dapper Labs, and sports-centric platform Jump.trade.

The NFT marketplaces span several blockchain networks, including Ethereum, Solana, Flow, Polygon, Tezos, and Immutable X. All networks are supported as long as the links are from a partnered marketplace, a Twitter representative said.

In June 2021, Twitter released a set of NFTs, and earlier this year, Twitter added support for NFTs in profile pictures. Thus, NFT Tweet Tiles is stepping into the already chartered space of NFTs.

‘The bird is freed’

After several postponements, retractions, and lawsuits, Elon Musk has finally acquired Twitter, concluding a deal first announced in April 2021. The world’s richest man tweeted, “the bird is freed,” in an apparent reference to the closing of the acquisition. The news of Elon Musk acquiring Twitter has sent the price of DOGE soaring. However, it is not clear if Musk intends to follow through on his earliest crypto plans such as Dogecoin integration and micropayments.

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