According to Twitter leaks, Tip Jar will soon support Bitcoin
Twitter introduced a feature called Tip Jar earlier this year that allows users to tip creators directly on their profiles. This is one of several new ways Twitter is enabling users to monetize their tweets, which is especially beneficial for artists, musicians, and anyone else who creates content and has built an online audience.
A new leak fuels speculation that Twitter is considering adding Bitcoin support to Tip Jar, giving users an alternative to tipping creators in cash. Bitcoin support is unsurprising — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is a well-known supporter of the crypto asset, with his Twitter profile consisting entirely of a Bitcoin hashtag.
Last month, MacRumors reported on signs of an upcoming Bitcoin tipping feature. The report cited the Twitter for iOS beta app and the code contained within, which hinted at the impending addition of cryptocurrency tipping support. If added, the new feature will join the existing PayPal, Patreon, Venmo, Cash App, and Bandcamp options.
The latest tip comes from Alessandro Paluzzi, a reverse engineer and mobile developer who recently shared a screenshot of Tip Jar’s alleged Bitcoin support. The screenshot matches the beta app’s features, including the fact that the Bitcoin tipping feature makes use of the Bitcoin Lightning network for faster payments and lower fees.
Additionally, the screenshot indicates that users wishing to accept Bitcoin tips will require a Strike account. Two leaks within days of one another indicate that Twitter will officially launch this feature soon, but there has been no official announcement regarding when support will arrive.