In May this year, Twitter introduced a new way to support and donate money on the platform called Tip Jar. This feature was available for anyone using the microblogging site in English allowing users to send tips to accounts.
Now the functionality has been further expanded to all the users across the globe and has been renamed to Tips. Also, the social media platform has added support for sending tips using Bitcoin. Moreover, the new feature namely recording and replay options will be integrated into Spaces.
When Tip Jar was launched in May it used third party payment. Services like RazorPay, Bandcamp, Cash App, Chipper, Patreon, Razorpay, Wealthsimple Cash and Venmo. In addition to this, the company has also added GoFundMe – an online fundraising platform – and PicPay – a Brazilian mobile payments platform to the list.
Users can only send tips to accounts who have turned on Tips. If the feature is enabled you will see an icon next to the Follow button on the profile page. Tap the icon, and you’ll see a list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled, and you can select whichever you prefer.
Now Twitter has added more payment options like Bitcoin to enable paying tips using Strike, a payments application built on the Bitcoin Lightning Network that allows people to send and receive Bitcoin.
Strike offers instant and free payments globally. With the new crypto addition, the creators will get cryptocurrency funds as tips. Strike is available to people in El Salvador and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and New York). People in the eligible markets will have to sign up for a Strike account and add their Strike username to receive Bitcoin tips over the Lightning Network. You can use any Bitcoin Lightning wallet to send tips to someone’s Strike account.
Moreover, when enabling Tips on your Twitter profile you can now also add your Bitcoin address. People can copy your address and paste it into a Bitcoin wallet of their choice to send you a payment directly. But to enable the service or to send a tip the user should be above 18 years old.
Apart from this, Twitter has also added a recording and replay option to Spaces, which is an alternative to Clubhouse. This feature will allow users to listen to audio conversations after it has ended. Note that Clubhouse does not offer such a feature on its platform. As of now the feature is not yet released but is expected to be launched soon.
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