Twitter’s virtual tip jar is rolled out for everyone, with the ability to pay using cryptocurrency.
Introduced in May, the feature allows prolific tweeters to receive donations directly from their followers. Tips (formerly known as Tip Jar) offers a fixed location on your profile for a link to Cash App, Patreon, Venmo, and other payment platforms.
Whether you want to tip your favorite account because you love their comments, send love to an emerging comedy creator for their hilarious tweets, help a small business owner get through a tough time, give to a cause important, âesther, product manager for the Twitter team. Crawford wrote in a blog post. “Whatever you want to support (and we know you already have some ideas), Tips is here to help you do it.”
However, Twitter knows that not everyone pays in bills and coins. This is why the social network enabled tipping with Bitcoin via Strike. People in the United States (except New York and Hawaii) must create a Strike account before receiving Bitcoin tips; you can use any Bitcoin Lightning wallet to send money to an existing Strike account.
âWe want everyone on Twitter to have access to channels to get paid,â Crawford said. “Digital currencies that encourage more people to participate in the economy and help people send money across borders and with as little friction as possible help us get there.”
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Look for the money icon next to the Follow button on accounts accepting tips and click to see a list of enabled services or payment platforms. Services available to date include Bandcamp, Cash App, Chipper, GoFundMe, Patreon, PicPay, Razorpay, Wealthsimple Cash and Venmo. Availability and features vary by region.
Choose your favorite and you will be redirected to the selected app to send funds. Twitter is not taking a share of the donation. First available on iOS, Tips will reach Android users “in the next few weeks”. Users must be 18 or older to send and receive cash rewards.
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