As you can see here, the new Tip Jar option, accessible through a checkout icon at the top of eligible profiles, allows users to make payments to another user by signing in to the payment provider of their choice.
As explained by Twitter:
“We see you – sharing your PayPal link after your Tweet goes viral, adding your $ Cashtag to your profile so people can support your work, ditching your Venmo handle on your birthday or if you just need help additional. You’re leading the conversation on Twitter and we want to help support each other beyond followings, retweets, and likes. Today we’re featuring Tip Jar – a new way for people to send and receive advice.“
The feature is currently in test mode, so not all users will be able to add it, but anyone using Twitter in English will be able to send tips to applicable accounts, on iOS and Android.
Twitter says the initial test pool for tips will include “selected creators, journalists, experts and nonprofits.”
“You will know that an account’s Tip Jar is activated if you see a Tip Jar icon next to the Follow button on its profile page. Tap the icon and you will see a list of activated services or payment platforms. by the account. Select the payment service or platform you prefer and you will be redirected from Twitter to the selected application where you can show your support in the amount of your choice. “
The function supports payment via Band Camp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo. Twitter is not taking any part in donations at this point.
For those with access, here’s how to set up tip payments.
The option has been in testing for some time, with Twitter showing an overview of the feature, among various other creator income tools in development, during its recent Analyst Day Showcase.
Variations of the profile display for the option have also been spotted during testing:
Providing more monetization options is now a key part of Twitter’s growth strategy, with the idea being that these tools can help Twitter make its primary users tweet more often, while also making them trust the app more.
Ideally, this will help Twitter increase the overall time spent in its app by keeping its most engaging voices more active, while its upcoming e-commerce and newsletter tools, among other functions, will also help to expand the use of Twitter and expand its functionality.
Tipping has already proven popular on other platforms as a way for fans to show their support, and more Twitter can start to change user behavior and get people used to paying for things on the platform. shape, the more he can start to change his habits, and make that process an accepted part of the in-app ecosystem.
It’s an interesting experience, if nothing else – and it will be interesting to see what Twitter users are actually willing to pay for, and if all of those followers you have are really that interested in supporting you when it comes down to it. it’s about changing hands for real money.
If it works, it could become a valuable addition for Twitter and a solid revenue stream for major users, keeping their tweets in circulation and continuing to rock the app’s engagement metrics.
NOTE: Expert in social engineering and hacking Rachel Tobac highlighted a key issue when using PayPal for your Twitter tips, being that your full address, as listed on your PayPal account, will then be displayed to the recipient. Twitter has since clarified that it is adding more prompts to make sure users are aware of it. Note if you are looking to give advice on the platform via PayPal.