Twitter is officially adding the Tip Jar feature to the platform to enable users to send money directly to their favourite accounts. Starting today, everyone using Twitter in English can send tips to applicable accounts on Twitter for iOS and Android.
“You drive the conversation on Twitter and we want to make it easier for you to support each other beyond Follows, Retweets, and Likes. Today, we’re introducing Tip Jar – a new way for people to send and receive tips,” Esther Crawford, Twitter’s Senior Product Manager, wrote in the company’s blog.
“We $ee you – sharing your PayPal link after your Tweet goes viral, adding your $Cashtag to your profile so people can support your work, dropping your Venmo handle on your birthday or if you just need some extra help.”
For now, a limited group of people around the world who use Twitter in English can add Tip Jar to their profile and accept tips. This group includes creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits. Soon, more people will be able to add the tipping feature to their profile and we’ll expand to more languages.
According to the Twitter blogpost, 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.”
Tip Jar supports a variety of payment options and links: Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo.
How to find Tip Jar on someone’s profile and send a tip
You’ll know an account’s Tip Jar is enabled if you see a Tip Jar icon next to the Follow button on their profile page.
Tap the icon, and you’ll see a list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled. Select whichever payment service or platform you prefer and you’ll be taken off Twitter to the selected app where you can show your support in the amount you choose.
The services you can add today include Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo. Twitter takes no cut. On Android, tips can also be sent within Spaces.