Twitter has announced the introduction of Tip Jar, its in-app tipping feature. Twitter says the feature is only available to a limited group of users for now such as “creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits.” The feature is available to those who use Twitter in English on Android and iOS and they will be able to receive payments while using the app.
Accounts with access to Tip Jar will see the new icon beside the follow button on their profile. When Tip Jar is activated, users will be able to connect their account Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo. Followers or anyone who is interested will be able to send money to them on iOS while inside Twitter. Twitter says Android users will be limited to tipping on Spaces for now and it won’t take any cut from the Tip Jar.
“Tip Jar is an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation on Twitter,” Senior Product Manager, Esther Crawford wrote in a blog post. “This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter – with money.”
A user Rachel Tobac tested the feature and discovered that PayPal shares the account owner’s information such as an address to the cash sender. In response, Twitter says it will update its “tipping prompt and Help Center to make it clearer that other apps may share info between people sending/receiving tips, per their terms.” Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour noted Twitter had no control over the issue as it is from PayPal but users will receive a warning when tipping via PayPal.
Twitter has been working on different ways to reward creators and it revealed it was working on Super Follows in February. The company also recently acquired Scroll in preparation for its upcoming subscription service.