Twitter announced a slew of features during its product event held on Thursday. The micro-blogging site revealed that it is rolling out Tips, which is a tipping feature, to everyone with more payment options to choose from including cryptocurrency. Using Tips, Twitter users can tip their favourite account on the micro-blogging platform, help a small business owner through a difficult time, give to an important cause. Tipping on Twitter got simpler and now comes with more payment options.
Announcing the feature, Esther Crawford, Product Manager at Twitter said, “Our tipping feature now called Tips is rolling out to everyone with more payment options to choose from even crypto. Whether you want to tip your favorite account because you adore their commentary, send some love to an emerging comedy creator for their hilarious Tweets, help a small business owner through a difficult time, give to an important cause — whatever you want to support (and we know you already have some ideas), Tips is here to help you do it. She revealed that Tips will be first rolled out to iOS users and then the Android users will get in a couple of weeks.
Twitter will let influencers or people with a large follower base add a Tips icon next to the Follow button on the profile page. If you want to tip somebody, you will simply have to tap on the tip icon and the list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled will be visible to you, and you can select whichever you prefer. The feature is currently rolling out to users in the US. So the company has added support for GoFundMe and PicPay, Bandcamp, Cash App, Chipper, Patreon, Razorpay, Wealthsimple Cash, and Venmo.
When you tap on the services mentioned above, you will be taken to the app of the services mentioned above to send funds. It is important to note that Twitter all not take any cuts from the payments you make or receive.
Interestingly, Twitter users can also tip with Bitcoin using Strike a payments application built on the Bitcoin Lightning Network that allows people to send and receive Bitcoin. The Strike services are currently to people in El Salvador and the US. Users can add their Bitcoin address to their profile so that the users can copy your address and paste it into a Bitcoin wallet of their choice to send you a payment directly. Tipping is only allowed for users who are above 18 years old.