Twitter has said it examines functions like tipping to give people a way to pay other Twitter users, and now we have further evidence that a tipping feature might be on the way. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared images Thursday and Friday showing that Twitter could provide a tilt button directly on user profiles.
Here’s an iteration of what it could look like – check out the little blue money button under the “@wongmjane” watermark in the left image. Clicking or tapping that button will apparently bring up options that allow you to tip via Bandcamp, Cash App (created by Square, which also counts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as CEO), Patreon, PayPal, and Venmo.
As you can see in this tweet, Wong also found evidence in March that Twitter is working on a “Tip Jar” feature for Twitter Spaces, the company’s clubhouse-like social audio rooms (Clubhouse just introduced its own instant payments feature on April 5 ).
Here’s another look at the tip button on profiles, from Wong. These screenshots show a black tilt button instead of a blue one. They also show designs that Twitter is apparently testing for its upcoming Super Follows, which will allow you to charge followers so they can access additional content. (Think Patreon, but for tweets.)
Twitter hasn’t formally announced a tipping feature, so there’s no guarantee the company will actually make it public. Even if this is the case, it’s unclear whether there would be any restrictions on who could post a tip button on their profile. It seems that the feature may be shutting down in some way, which may require you to have a certain number of followers or be verified.
Twitter declined to comment.