Twitter is testing a new “Tip Jar” feature that allows you to send money to your favorite accounts

Twitter has begun rolling out a new Tip Jar feature on its Android and iOS apps, which will allow users to send money directly to their favorite accounts, as previously speculated.

Please tap on the newly added dollar bill icon next to someone’s username while viewing their profile on one of Twitter’s mobile apps to use the tip jar. Users will also turn off the tip jar option (for individuals or organizations that do not want people sending them cash out of the blue). Android users will be able to submit money in Twitter’s Clubhouse-style Spaces as well.

Tip Jar accepts the following payment methods and links: Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo. Twitter uses the external payment providers of those services for transactions; it does not take a cut. Starting today, all English-language Twitter users can submit tips, but only a select group (including “creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits”) can turn on the feature to accept money.

Users have been using Twitter for years to solicit tips or Patreon followers — finishing viral threads with a shoutout to a SoundCloud account has almost become a meme at this stage. As a result, it stands to reason that Twitter will seek to streamline the feature as part of its app.

Notably, the only way to get to Tip Jar right now is to go to a user’s profile. That means that sending someone money for a genuinely awesome tweet would always require a little more effort than simply liking or retweeting it.

There are already some problems that Twitter must address. For example, sending tips via Paypal using Tip Jar currently allows whoever receives the money to see the sender’s address, as discovered by Rachel Tobac, a concerning security problem that Twitter and Paypal will hopefully fix soon.

Twitter’s Support account acknowledged the problem later Thursday, tweeting that it was “updating our tipping prompt and Help Center to make it clearer that other apps can share info between people sending/receiving tips, per their terms.”

Twitter also promised “more coming soon,” so we’re likely to learn more about how Twitter is incorporating tipping in the coming weeks and months.

In Addition: 

May 6th, 5:30 p.m.: Added details on Paypal fix security problems while using Tip Jar.

May 6th, 8:27 p.m. ET: Additional Twitter information about shared information has been added.

Correction: When using PayPal to send money via Twitter’s Tip Jar function, the recipient can see the sender’s address. This article originally stated that the sender could know the recipient’s address. We sincerely apologize for the mistake.

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