May 13, 2021

Twitter to Roll Out New Features, Including ‘Tip Jar’ for Quick Payments

A Twitter user said that the social media app was working on a new feature called “Tip Jar,” which will allow users to send tips to others on the platform. The update was provided by Jane Manchun Wong, a technology blogger and app researcher who uncovers new features before they launch.

The feature will be rolled out on TwitterSpaces, which is a feature still under development that allows users to host and participate in live audio conversations, hosted within “spaces.”

According to Wong, the new feature will let users enter usernames on Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo, allowing people to tip others directly there. It is not clear if or when the feature will be officially introduced by the social media company.

Wong later provided an update saying that Twitter will add a “Tip Jar” feature directly on user profiles.

The comments section saw some speculation about how Wong came to the discovery, with some users providing potential answers.

Providing further updates on Twitter, Wong said that the app is developing a way to appeal tweet warnings from the context menu.

She also said that the social media platform is working on a “Super Follow” button and is making their colour scheme more monochrome, as well as bringing in a new font. It is undisclosed how this new option might function. This could possibly be a way to monetise certain content from specific users, as the platform is said to be testing to help users monetise their accounts, similar to a subscription platform. This would enable users to limit specific content to paying followers only.

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Romessa Nadeem is a Project Coordinator at Media Matters for Democracy, which runs the Digital Rights Monitor.

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