Twitter introduced Tip Jar feature to pay other users: Here’s How it works!

Twitter, world’s biggest micro-blogging platform, recently announced a new feature called ‘Tip Jar’. This feature will allow users to send money to show support towards their favourite Twitter accounts. It is a virtual tip system that will direct users who want to send money to platforms such as PayPal, Patreon, and Venmo.

According to an report, the feature is currently available for selected users who can tweet in ‘English’. These select users can add the ‘Tip Jar’ feature on their profiles through which other users can send them money for showing their support.

As per Twitter’s senior product manager, Esther Crawford, this selected group of users include experts, journalists, creators, and non-profits.

Tip Jar also allows people to add external links to their third-party payment accounts so others can send them tips directly through those third-party services.

Twitter Tip Jar

Tip Jar is an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation on Twitter. This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter – with money.

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For people on iOS and Android, you will see the icon on the profile pages of people in the initial test group. For people on Android, you will also find it on their profile while in Twitter Spaces.

To setting up Twitter Tip Jar, users would need to go to Edit Profile on iOS or Android. Then tap Tip Jar, which is off by default. You will be brought to the Tip Jar settings screen. Toggle Allow tips to on and then choose the third-party service you’d like to use. Add in your third-party service username.

Twitter Doesn’t Take Any Commission

Esther clarified that the money transacted via the ‘Tip Jar’ feature would solely be meant for the account it is sent to. Twitter will not take any commission. This is Twitter’s effort in driving the conversation one step ahead, where users can show their support by going beyond the traditional retweets and likes buttons.

Esther Crawford wrote in a blog post that users can add the ‘Tip Jar’ feature to their profiles, and when another user wants to donate money to them, he/she will be taken to different payment windows include:

  • PayPal,
  • Patreon,
  • Venmo,
  • Bandcamp,
  • Cash App, etc.
Twitter Tip Jar

The feature will soon be extended to other users across the world with support for more languages. This would be the first time in the complete history of Twitter that it will allow users to transact money through its medium. Even though Twitter does not own the payment gateways, it still makes sense to add the ‘money’ element for the creators and individual accounts so that they take the platform even more seriously.

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Twitter reported weaker than expected earnings last week, and thus this new feature should help it attract more users and make them spend more time on the platform.

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