tech2 news staffMay 7, 2021 10:14:24 AMT
Twitter began on Thursday to tell users add virtual tip jars accounts so people can support tweets by throwing money. Twitter’s senior product manager, Esther Crawford, says a limited number of users around the world who tweet in English can add the “Tip Jar” feature to their profiles. The group included authors, journalists, experts, and nonprofits.
“You’re leading the conversation on Twitter, and we want to make it easier for you to support each other in addition to followers, retweets, and likes,” Crawford wrote blog post. “This is the first step in our work to create new ways for people to get and show support on Twitter – with money.”
The Tip Jar icon on the profile page tells you the option to export to services like Patreon, PayPal or Venmo, send money to the creator, according to Crawford.
Twitter doesn’t take any tips, he said.
“Soon, more people will be able to add Tip Jarin to their profile, and we’ll expand to more languages,” Crawford said.
The one-on-one global communications environment wants to expand its user base and get people to spend more time in the service.
Twitter announced last week lower-than-expected revenue and disappointing user growth.
Twitter has sought to expand beyond the core audience of celebrities, journalists, and political leaders, although it has become an important forum.
Twitter has faced challenges in combating misinformation and abuse, even as it strives to become a forum for political debate.
Earlier this week, Twitter also began distributing the Spaces feature to a wider audience. The feature is now available to all users with more than 600 followers.
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