Twitter now allows users to leave a virtual tip to support certain accounts. Artists, journalists, experts and some non-profit organizations, among others, can add a ‘tip jar’ to their profiles, provided they tweet in English.
“You’re driving the conversation on Twitter, and we want to make it easier for you to support each other,” a Twitter product manager wrote in a post. A new tip jar icon, the ‘tip jar’, allows users to choose between payment services such as Patreon, PayPal or Venmo. Twitter itself will not receive any portion of the tips donated, the spokesperson clarified.
The number of people who can link a tip jar to a Twitter account is limited for now. In addition, it must be an account communicating in English. “Soon, more people will be able to add a tip jar to their profile, and we will also expand to more languages,” said the product manager.
The microblogging platform is trying to attract more users and wants users to spend longer on Twitter. Last week, the company reported disappointing revenues and user growth.