Twitter is an awesome social media platform, and while it does not pull the same amount of revenue as its rivals, it still holds a robust user base that swears by it. There are many reasons for this, but that is a story for another day.
Twitter has also been seeing the implementation of new features in order to stay competitive, modern and appealing, as a whole. While some of those features have not stuck around, including the recently axed story-like format named Fleets, the app is still bringing new ones to users, some of which are actually useful.
The Tips feature, for instance, is great because now Twitter users can receive monetary gifts from Tweeps who value their content. To note, this is not the same as the Newsletter feature that also helps creators monetize their content.
Tips are also official for everyone, or at least that is what Twitter says. Of course, iOS users will get the feature first.
Users can also now send tips, including crypto to Twitter users they think are awesome based on what they tweet.
While people have been dropping links to their payment profiles on their bios, Tips makes the experience even better, and easier. They now have a fixed spot where they can put those profiles for a variety of platforms.
Now, the big question is which platform can, say a Kenyan add on their Tips spot? Well, for now, cross-border payments firm Chipper Cash is part of the supported platforms.
And how does the whole Tips feature work? Well, Twitter has this explanation:
You’ll know an account has turned on Tips if you see this icon next to the Follow button on the profile page. Tap the icon, and you’ll see a list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled, and you can select whichever you prefer.
Other than the aforementioned Chipper Cash availability, the following financial platforms are also supported: Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Razorpay, Wealthsimple Cash, and Venmo.
Twitter says that it is adding GoFundMe on the Tips feature, alongside Brazil’s PicPay.
We mentioned something about crypto, right?
Well, according to Twitter, users can also tip with Bitcoin via Strike. Strike is a payments application built on the Bitcoin Lightning Network that allows people to send and receive Bitcoin. Strike offers instant and free payments globally.
However, Strike is only available for people in the US and El Salvador.
When you enable Tips on your profile, you can now also add your Bitcoin address. People can copy your address and paste it into a Bitcoin wallet of their choice to send you a payment directly – Twitter in a statement.