Twitter just presented Its long-talked about in-app tip feature The company allows some users to add a “tip pot” to their profile so that other users can pay them without leaving the app. Twitter so far says it is making the feature available to “a limited group of people around the world who use Twitter in English,” including creators, journalists, nonprofits and other influential users. .
Users who have access to Tip Jar can connect their accounts to Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal, and Venmo. Those who visit their profile on iOS will then be able to send them money (Android users will only have access to tips through Spaces for now). Twitter added that user tips should not be reduced.
An early version of the feature was already spotted in March, and Twitter VP of Product Ilya Brown previously told Engadget the company was thinking about how to integrate the tip into its service, as many users are already abandoning their Venmo or Cash App handles.
Separately, Twitter is working on several other features designed to help creators make money with its platform. The company said earlier this week that it would allow certain people to sell tickets to Spaces, the company’s audio-only chat feature. Twitter is also working on ‘super follows’, a feature that would allow users to monetize their tweets and provide exclusive content, as well as a subscription service that could eliminate payment walls from publications On the platform.
Update: Twitter product manager Kayvon Beykpour said the company will update functionality to add warnings informing users that tips through PayPal also share the address associated with the account, after some users Note that PayPal shares information as part of its payments.
However, a PayPal spokesperson said addresses are only shared if payments are sent under the “goods and services” category, and selecting “friends and family” will hide user addresses. “This is the standard functionality of the PayPal app and we will be working closely with Twitter to ensure user awareness,” the spokesperson said.
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