TWITTER is testing out a Tip Jar feature that will let you send money to your favourite tweeters.
The feature has started rolling out on Twitter's Android and iOS apps.
Twitter announced the feature on its own platform by tweeting: "Show your love, leave a tip.
"Now testing Tip Jar, a new way to give and receive money on Twitter".
It added: "More coming soon…".
It's a move that's making Twitter similar to other platforms like OnlyFans or Twitch, on which you can send cash tips if you enjoy someone's content.
To use the tip feature you just need to click on a new dollar bill icon that will start appearing next to people's usernames on their Twitter account.
The new icon will only be visible on the app version of Twitter and users have the option to turn it on or off.
Android users can also send money via Twitter’s Clubhouse-like Spaces.
Users wishing to send a tip are given a variety of payment options.
These include Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo.
Not everyone can turn on the tip feature at the moment.
It's started rolling out on English language Twitter but only a select group, which includes “creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits”, will be able to start receiving tips straight away.
However, Twitter is expected to extend the feature to more users soon.
The tech giant won't be taking a cut from the tips.
Twitter has already acknowledged that there are some minor issues with tipping at the moment.
One such issue is that people who pay over PayPal can accidentally reveal their address to the person they're tipping.
Twitter said it will be “updating our tipping prompt and Help Center to make it clearer that other apps may share info between people sending/receiving tips, per their terms.”
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