Product

Bringing Tips to everyone

By Esther Crawford
Thursday, 23 September 2021

Good news: Our tipping feature – now called ✨Tips✨ – is rolling out to everyone with more payment options to choose from – even crypto. 

People already drop links to their payment profiles in their bios and in their Tweets. Tips makes this easier to do, offering one fixed spot, right on your profile, where you can link to your Cash App, Patreon, Venmo and other platforms where people can support you.

Whether you want to tip your favorite account because you adore their commentary, send some love to an emerging comedy creator for their hilarious Tweets, help a small business owner through a difficult time, give to an important cause — whatever you want to support (and we know you already have some ideas), Tips is here to help you do it. 

We’ll roll out to people on iOS first and then bring Tips to people on Android over the coming weeks.

How does it work?

You’ll know an account has turned on Tips if you see this 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. The services* available so far:

  • Bandcamp
  • Cash App
  • Chipper
  • Patreon
  • Razorpay 
  • Wealthsimple Cash
  • Venmo

And today, we’re adding some new services to the list: GoFundMe – an online fundraising platform – and PicPay – a Brazilian mobile payments platform.

Once you tap the service you want to use, you’ll be taken off Twitter to the selected app to send funds. Twitter takes no cut. 

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Tipping with Bitcoin over the Lightning Network

In addition to the services currently enabled through Tips, people can now seamlessly tip with Bitcoin 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. 

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.

We want everyone on Twitter to have access to pathways to get paid. Digital currencies that encourage more people to participate in the economy and help people send each other money across borders and with as little friction as possible – help us get there.

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Adding your Bitcoin address to Tips

When you enable Tips on your 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. 

For step-by-step instructions on how to enable your Tips feature and how to send tips, check out our Help Center.

You must be 18+ years old to enable Tips or send someone a tip and agree to our new General Tipping policy, which we've designed to keep people safe on our service. This policy will guide our enforcement actions and, as with all of our rules, we'll continue to publicly iterate on this work as more people use Tips globally.

Happy tipping!

*Payment service availability and features vary by region. When tipping you’ll be subject to the third-party platform’s terms.

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Esther Crawford

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