When the Tip Jar was first rolled out in May, Twitter gave its users the ability to add Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo links to their profile. Then, it offered a Tip Jar icon next to the “Follow” button for select accounts to be tip-enabled.
Now it seems that programming for bitcoin gratuities is already embedded in the code, although it’s not yet live, even for beta users, according to reports. A roll-out date for beta users or the larger Twitter community has not yet been announced.
The most recent beta update, via a tutorial that shows the information on the Lightning Network, hints that people can use Strike, Blue Wallet and Wallet of Satoshi as custodial wallets and Muun, Breez, Phoenix and Zap as non-custodial wallets, according to reports.
Although Twitter is a destination for crypto news, with powerbrokers like Elon Musk triggering price fluctuations whenever he tweets on the subject, the microblogging social media site has largely been anti-crypto until lately. Earlier this year, the site even barred some crypto influencers from tweeting, according to TheBlock and other media reports.
That all changed when Twitter launched its own line of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) following Twitter Co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s March $2.5 million sale of his very first tweet.
While Dorsey has said that regarding crypto overall, he is bullish, he has been vocal regarding regulations from the Security and Exchange Commission. He has said that there is a possibility that Twitter could integrate with Lightning, according to a report in June.