Twitter is testing a new Tip Jar feature for sending money to your favorite accounts
Twitter has began rolling out a new Tip Jar feature on its Android and iOS apps, which (as rumored) will permit customers to ship money instantly to their favorite accounts.
To make use of the tip jar, merely faucet on the freshly added greenback invoice icon subsequent to somebody’s username when viewing their profile on one among Twitter’s cellular apps. Customers might be ready to toggle the tip jar feature, too (for these people or organizations that don’t need folks simply sending them money out of the blue). Android customers may even give you the option to ship money in Twitter’s Clubhouse-like Areas.
Tip Jar helps a number of fee choices and hyperlinks: Bandcamp, Money App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo. Twitter is utilizing these companies’ exterior fee processors for transactions; it doesn’t take a lower. All English language Twitter customers can ship ideas beginning right now, however solely a choose group (together with “creators, journalists, specialists, and nonprofits”) can activate the feature to settle for money for now.
Customers have been utilizing Twitter to solicit ideas or Patreon follows for years — ending viral threads with a shoutout to a SoundCloud account is virtually a meme at this level. So it is sensible that Twitter can be wanting to streamline the feature as a part of its personal app.
Notably, the one method to entry Tip Jar proper now is by navigating to a consumer’s profile. Meaning sending somebody some money for a really improbable tweet will nonetheless take a bit extra effort than, say, simply liking or retweeting it.
There are already some points that Twitter could have to work out. As noticed by Rachel Tobac, sending ideas by Paypal utilizing Tip Jar at present permits whoever is sending the money to see the recipient’s handle, which is a worrying safety challenge that Twitter and Paypal will hopefully resolve quickly.
Enormous heads up on PayPal Twitter Tip Jar. For those who ship a particular person a tip utilizing PayPal, when the receiver opens up the receipt from the tip you despatched, they get your *handle*. Simply examined to affirm by tipping @yashar on Twitter w/ PayPal and he did in truth get my handle I tipped him. https://t.co/R4NvaXRdlZ pic.twitter.com/r8UyJpNCxu
— Rachel Tobac (@RachelTobac) May 6, 2021
In an replace later Thursday, Twitter’s Support account acknowledged the problem, tweeting that it was “updating our tipping immediate and Assist Heart to make it clearer that different apps could share data between folks sending/receiving ideas, per their phrases.”
Twitter additionally promised there was “extra coming quickly,” so it’s seemingly that we’ll proceed to hear extra about how Twitter is implementing tipping within the coming weeks and months.
Replace Could sixth, 5:30pm: Added info on Paypal handle safety points utilizing Tip Jar.
Replace Could sixth 8:27PM ET: Added further element from Twitter about shared info
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