Twitter presented this Thursday “Tip Jar” (the “tip box”), a new tool to allow users of the social network to make donations to their favorite creators.

"This is the first step in our plan to create new ways to give and receive support on Twitter, with money," the California-based company said in a statement.

At this time, only a limited group of people, content creators, journalists, experts and NGOs, can add a “Tip Jar” to their profile.

But all English-speaking users can pay their contribution.

Now you can do more to support the many amazing voices who add to the conversation on Twitter –– send them tips.

You can send someone a tip through several payment services by tapping the new Tip Jar icon on their profile, testing on Android and iOS.

- Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 6, 2021

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"You are the one leading the conversation on Twitter and we want you to be able to more easily support each other beyond Follows, Retweets, and Likes," the options for sharing and appreciating posts, said the group.

The new button will offer to pay through services like Patreon, PayPal or Venmo.

Twitter will not take a commission.

The social network wants to diversify its sources of income beyond advertising and monetization options in order to retain influencers.

In particular, it is preparing the launch of paid subscriptions for users' favorite accounts, with advantages and privileges for subscribers.

The platform published weaker-than-expected results last week.

The number of so-called “monetizable” daily users (having been exposed to at least one advertisement on a given day) stood at 199 million in the first quarter, or 1 million less than analysts' forecasts.


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