Twitter: What is a Tip Jar? We know that people are often informed, entertained, and even moved by conversations taking place on the Home timeline and in Twitter Spaces. We’re making it easier to support the people leading those conversations.
Ah, Twitter, the place where you can slam out 280-character rants and raves for thousands of readers. And now get paid for them.
Twitter has released a “tip jar” feature to allow users to add links to their Venmo, Cash App or other digital payment accounts to their bio, so their Twitter fans can send a few bucks when a tweet really hits the nail on the head.
Maybe it’s the daily news analysis you provide to followers. Maybe it’s the makeup tips you take time to craft and tweet out. Maybe it’s a call for help when you’ve fallen on hard times or want to support a charity.
Followers can now click on the icon and see links to whatever payment services the account holder added and go directly to those sites to finish tipping.
Tipping creators online has gained significant steam in the past few years, as people rely on streams on Twitch, YouTube, TikTok and other sites as a primary form of communication. Some sites, such as Twitch, have tipping features built in, while others rely on creators to “drop their Cash Apps” in their bios. It has become common to see people add their Venmo handles or their Ko-fi accounts to their social media profiles, so fans can thank them with cash.
But officially supporting tipping is one more way for social media sites to attract entertaining and informative creators and to keep them coming back. And Twitter, which is essentially providing an easy-to-find link box for tips, isn’t taking a cut of any money dropped into the virtual jar.
People are also getting more comfortable turning to strangers online to ask for help. Online crowdfunding for basic expenses has surged during the pandemic.