May 6, 2021 - Technology

Twitter introduces Tip Jar for supporting your favorite accounts

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Twitter on Thursday introduced "Tip Jar," a feature that allows users to send and receive monetary support on the platform.

What they're saying: "Tip Jar is an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation on Twitter," the company said. "This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter – with money."

How it works: Starting Thursday, people who use Twitter in English will be able to send tips on iOs and Android.

  • An account's Tip Jar is enabled if its profile page shows the Tip Jar icon next to the "Follow" button.
  • Once you've tapped the icon, you'll be able to choose your preferred payment platform: Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo.

The big picture: Right now, Twitter is only allowing a select group of people to add Tip Jar to their profile, including creators, journalists, experts and nonprofits.

  • The company said it plans to expand the group and launch Tip Jar in more languages in the future.
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