Twitter ‘Tip Jar’ – allows you send money to your favourite creator

Earlier this week, tech giant twitter unveiled a new feature that allows users have live audio conversations with their over 600 followers.

Well, it appears they are – in the Nigerian palance – just ‘testing the mic’ within the innovation sphere.

Now the microblogging system has added a new feature – Tip Jar.

This allows users to send money to their favourite creators of the service.

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. 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, Senior Product Manager for Twitter

How it works

It is easy to know an account’s Tip Jar is enabled when a Tip Jar icon appears next to the Follow button on their profile page.

Users should tap the icon, and they’ll see a list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled.Then select whichever payment service or platform preferable and the user will be taken off Twitter to the selected app where they can show support in the amount they choose.

The services currently supported include Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo.

Twitter takes no cut. On Android, tips can also be sent within Spaces.

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. 

Esther Crawford, Senior Product Manager for Twitter

In the meantime, only 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.