Following the iOS launch in September, Twitter is now rolling out its in-app tipping option to all Android users over the age of 18. The “Tips” feature, according to the social media giant, is aimed at users who want to get a little cash help from their followers via Cash App, Paypal, Venmo, and Patreon directly through the app. Users on Android may now set up their profiles to receive tips by touching the “Edit profile” button and then selecting “Tips” to get started.
“With Tips, we’re creating an easy way to direct people to links to your payment profiles and we’re making it easier to support the people driving the conversation on Twitter – whether you want to support a content creator, help someone fundraise, tip someone who just needs some help or thank someone for making you laugh,” the social media giant notes.
After speculations that the firm was working on a direct payment option, Twitter first offered the functionality in May. The Android introduction of “Tips” comes a month after Twitter released “Ticketed Spaces” on the platform. Hosts on Spaces, Twitter’s live audio room feature, can now sell access to Spaces using this functionality. The tool, according to the social media giant, is a means to reward artists for their time and work in hosting and moderating public discussions.
Twitter isn’t the only social media site attempting to monetize its app and assist creators in making a living. TikTok told TechCrunch last month that it is developing a new in-app tipping tool on its platform that will allow creators to accept money from fans outside of TikTok LIVE streams, where giving is already possible. The feature is currently part of a limited test and is not yet generally available, according to the company.
The direct tipping options on TikTok and Twitter appear to be a strategy for the firms to compete with other digital platforms that pay creators well, such as Instagram and YouTube.