Twitter reportedly explores new feature to let users pay for tweets

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The US-based microblogging platform Twitter is reportedly working on a premium feature that lets people pay other users in the social networking service. 

Twitter is testing the ability to tip people through a new icon on the user’s profile. It is also working on the ‘Super Follow’ button that will give users access to exclusive content. Now evidence of features has been discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. 

As per the screenshots shared by Ms. Wong, there’s a new cash button next to the profile code in the user’s profile. Tapping on this icon shows a dropdown menu with payment options for Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo. One can choose to send money via any of these services. 

In March, Ms. Wong also found evidence of Twitter working on a ‘Tip Jar’ feature for its Clubhouse-like social audio rooms Twitter Spaces as well. 

The screenshots released by Ms. Wong also show that Twitter is apparently testing on a ‘Super Follow’ feature that will let users charge followers for exclusive content. This content could be bonus tweets, subscriptions to newsletters, access to a community group, or a badge to show your support. 

The ‘Follow’ button is replaced by ‘Super Follow’ which will most likely appear after you have followed that user. Another interesting thing is that the screenshots for Super Follow show the icons and text in black as opposed to Twitter’s regular blue color. This could be to distinguish profiles that have Super Follow activated. Ms. Wong also highlighted that in this feature, Twitter is using their new ‘Chirp’ font.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has talked about tipping as one of the features through which users can earn from the platform. The company has also talked about Super Follow but there is no word on when these features would roll out.

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