Reddit is trying out NFTs as profile pictures

A cool twist?

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 7, 2022

Reddit is developing a feature that will allow users to use any NFT they own as their profile picture, not just the Ethereum-based “CryptoSnoos,” that was distributed in restricted quantities last year.


Twitter recently announced a similar tool that allows users to put their NFTs as profile photos, with the photos providing information on the NFT when clicked on, and appearing as hexagon-shaped images to distinguish them from the regular Twitter profile picture. However, the specifics of Reddit’s support for NFTs have yet to be determined.


Reddit spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt shared:


“We’re always exploring ways to provide value for users and communities on Reddit. At the moment we’re testing the ability to use NFTs as profile pictures (avatars) and verify ownership […] It’s a small, internal test and no decisions have been made about expanding or rolling out the capability.”


For a long time, Reddit had been experimenting with various NFT-related efforts, even creating a separate page for NFT-related activities at For the time being, the page is mostly focused on Reddit’s own digital collectibles, the CryptoSnoos.


The “Snoo” component of the name refers to Reddit’s alien mascot, dubbed “Snoo,” while the collectibles themselves are variations on Snoo’s picture. One depicts the mascot as a blocky figure, while another depicts him as a helium balloon. Only four CryptoSnoos have been released so far.


CryptoSnoos elicited a wide range of responses. In the comments section of the announcement page, several Redditors were unhappy at Reddit’s expansion into NFTs, which they called “idiotic,” “a gimmick,” and even worse things.


Others were more concerned about the expensive cost of NFTs, which prevented many individuals from participating in the ecosystem. Some, on the other hand, had expressed neutral curiosity, or even support, for Reddit’s initiatives. One Redditor even brought up a bigger issue at hand here, according to Reddit user Tatakae69: “[…] NFT’s are for the rich. I live in a third world country and just want to live a better life.”


These reactions reflect the polarized response to NFTs across industries. Someone has already created a method to restrict Twitter accounts that use NFT profile images.


Following widespread user reaction, both Discord and Mozilla put their crypto initiatives on hold. As traditional game companies attempt to shift to crypto, gaming communities have devolved into turmoil. Reddit said it doesn’t have any concrete plans to launch more CryptoSnoos because they were only a test. If Reddit were to introduce its NFT avatars, it would not say what kind of blockchains will be supported.


In other NFT news, Meta is developing ways for Instagram to create and sell NFTs.


Photo via Reddit