Twitter allowed subscribers to leave tips for bloggers

Twitter has announced a feature called Tip Jar, through which subscribers can support their favorite author by transferring a small amount of money to him. The new feature is currently only available to English-speaking users on iOS and Android, said the official blog.

To transfer money to the blogger, you need to go to his profile page, click on the icon with a dollar symbol, and then select any of the available payment methods: through Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, or Venmo. The amount of the reward is left to the user’s discretion.

Only a limited group of “authors, journalists, experts and nonprofit organizations” can accept “tips” for now, Twitter added. In the future, the company promises to expand the number of users who can connect to their account Tip Jar, as well as increase language coverage.

Twitter is looking for new ways to make money at a time when ad revenue growth has slowed and U.S. audiences have peaked. In February, the company announced its first paid feature, Super Follows, which would allow popular bloggers to charge their subscribers in exchange for additional content.

This content could be bonus tweets, access to a closed community, a newsletter subscription, or a badge indicating an author’s support. The “super-subscription” fee is expected to be $4.99 per month. The new feature could launch before the end of this year.