Twitter Tip Jar Feature

On May 6th, 2021 Twitter introduced Tip Jar, a new feature for people to send and receive cash from any profiles as tips. From this users can add links to their PayPal, Patreon, Venmo id, Cash App, or other digital payment accounts in their bio, so their Twitter fans and followers can send a few bucks if they like their tweets or their birthday or special occasions. Twitter won’t charge anything for this and users can also send tips through spaces. But the Payment service availability and features vary by region.

Twitter's Tip Jar Feature

Twitter adds RazorPay to Tip Jar

Currently, India is the third largest user market, behind the US and Japan. So the happy news for Indian Twitter users is that they are adding an Indian payment gateway, Razorpay, as an additional payment provider to it. Razorpay is an Indian digital tech company that offers a payment gateway for more than 50M businesses. 

To begin, just a limited group of users only will get this Tip Jar feature and will see the choice to add Tip Jar to their profile. This feature is now available for journalists, content creators, well-known individuals, experts, and leaders. It is the first of a few impending ways for makers to adapt their substance and bring in cash from their greatest allies. Everybody can send tips to appropriate users on Twitter for iOS and Android through third-party payment services. 

Twitter Adds Razorpay in Tip Jar

As explained by Twitter:

“By integrating Razorpay, we’re hoping to provide people in India with a simple and secure way to send money as a token of appreciation or as a gift. Tip Jar is available in multiple Indian languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil.”

How To Setup Tip Jar Feature on Twitter

  • If Tip Jar is enabled, you will see a Tip Jar icon is available next to the Follow button on their user profile page. 
  • Tap the icon, and you’ll see a list of payment services or platforms that the account has enabled. 
  • Select whichever payment service or platform you prefer and you’ll be taken off Twitter to the selected app where you can show your support in the amount you choose.

Tip Jar is available for both iOS and Android users’ Twitter profiles whereas this feature is accessible within Twitter Spaces on Android only.

Twitter is fastly improving its feature and moving with the next phase of its creator monetization options. Twitter is opening applications for a limited test of its Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces features which are initially US-based Twitter users can apply separately for each program through Twitter’s mobile app soon it will be available to all other countries. Now, Twitter is rapidly adding new features and acquiring companies like Revue (a newsletter platform), Ueno (a creative agency), and Breaker (a social podcasting platform). 

As per Twitter:

“At Twitter, we want to help people make money, and give them tools they can use to be rewarded for their work and feel supported by their audience. We’re looking for a small group of people to be the first to try Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows with their audiences and share feedback. Help us test and improve these experiences before they launch more broadly in the coming months.”

Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows

Earlier this year in February during an Analyst Day event, Twitter announced they will select a “small group” of users to test its new monetization features. The Super Follows feature lets users charge $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month for access to exclusive content. Ticketed Spaces lets them charge between $1 and $999 for access to one of Twitter’s social audio chat rooms, and it offers extra features like setting a room size cap. Test group participants will initially keep 97 percent of the money they make with Ticketed Spaces or Super Follows, after the fee that iOS and Android charge for in-app purchases. Twitter will increase its cut from 3 percent to 20 percent if a user makes a total of $50,000 on both systems. 

Twitter's Super Follow and Ticketed Spaces

Twitter’s 20 percent commission is lower than that of some other subscription platforms like youtube, Spotify, and clubhouse. Amazon-owned video service Twitch takes a 50 percent cut from subscriptions, and YouTube charges 30 percent of membership fees. Clubhouse and Instagram have features that let listeners tip speakers or award badges in a live audio space, but the apps don’t yet allow for advance ticket sales. Another way for top creators to make money on these apps is through Creator Funds. So, Ticketed Spaces seem very promising though, since Spotify Greenroom, Clubhouse, and other competitors don’t offer similar options like Twitter. But Discord is testing ticketed audio events on its Stage Discovery portal, but they aren’t out to its users yet. 

How to Apply Supper Follows and Ticketed Spaces

Applications to use Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces are only available on mobile. Super Follows are restricted to iOS users, while Ticketed Spaces are available on both iOS and Android. Users can see if they’re eligible to apply by checking a new “Monetization” option in the mobile app sidebar.

Twitter Monetization Feature

Apply Super Follows

Super Follows can help people on Twitter earn monthly income from the conversations they create. You may earn a share of the revenue from paid subscriptions offering your most engaged followers an extra level of access and bonus content. To be eligible, users must over the age of 18 need and should have 10,000 followers and at least 25 tweets in the last 30 days. 

How to Apply Super Follows: https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/super-follows-creator

Apply Ticketed Spaces

Ticketed Spaces is a way to support creators on Twitter for their time and effort in hosting, speaking, and moderating the public conversation. Creators can earn a share of the revenue from tickets purchased from Twitter to attend the creators’ Ticketed Spaces. 

How to Apply Ticketed Spaces: https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/spaces-ticketed

Eligibility criteria for this, the host should have over 18 years of age, 1000+ active followers, at least host 3 spaces within last 30 days, verified email address with 2-factor authentication, history of not violating Twitter agreements and profile is not an affiliated media account.

What is Twitter Spaces and Know About this Audio Chat Room Features

Spaces is an audio-only voice chat feature that lets a host stream voice chats with other Twitter users. Audience members can either listen in or become part of the conversation.

Last year December, Twitter introduced Spaces: a live audio room conversation feature on Twitter. Since then, Twitter has been building and testing with a limited group of people and has found that hearing people’s voices bring conversations on Twitter to life in a completely new way.

Recently, Twitter announced in a blog post that it is opening its spaces feature to all users with at least 600 followers including both iOS and Android users. Twitter also officially plans to launch new features like Ticketed Spaces, scheduling features, reminders, support for co-hosting, accessibility improvements, and more.

Ticketed Spaces lets Space hosts monetize their Spaces for a monetary fee. A limited group of Twitter users will be able to test Ticketed Spaces “in the upcoming months”. Users can also be able to set reminders for spaces and schedule time slots for future Spaces. Co-hosted Spaces are better live captioning, and better access to Spaces via a profile icon on a Twitter feed are all coming to Spaces in the future.

The Spaces feature came about because of the mind-boggling prevalence that emerged from Clubhouse, a startup application dependent on a similar reason: facilitating public voice chat with different clients and permit audiences to tune in live. Clubhouse gained its prominence during the center of the pandemic as many were isolating and investing free time at home.

Spaces available in both android and iOS Twitter app, which is a big advantage as it competes with Clubhouse which is currently available on iOS only.

Here’s what Twitter has to say about Spaces:

You’ve always followed people for their Tweets, now Spaces lets you hear their voices and talk about what’s happening now and what’s most important to you – live. From Tweeting to talking, reading to listening, Spaces encourages and unlocks real, open conversations on Twitter with the authenticity and nuance, depth and power only the human voice can bring.

Comparison Between Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces

clubhouse vs twitter spaces

How to Start Spaces in Twitter

Spaces are public and appear on top of the timeline along with Fleets. It will show up only when someone you follow has started a Space, then you can join the conversation as a listener. Even if you don’t follow that person you can still join if you have the space link. A host can Invite people to join a space by sending an invite via DM, Tweeting the link on your timeline, or sharing other social media platforms. Twitter Spaces has a limit of up to 11 people including the host who can speak but there is no limit on the number of listeners.

Here is the simple step to create twitter spaces

  • Open the Twitter app, and press on the tweet compose button. 
  • You’ll see a new Spaces icon which is multiple circles forming a diamond shape. 
  • Tap on the icon to start a new Space. 
  • You can also start by tapping on your profile image in Fleets, scroll to the far right, and select Spaces.

If you don’t see the icon, the Spaces feature may not be available to you as of now. Accounts with protected Tweets are not able to create spaces. They can join and speak in other people’s spaces.

How Twitter Spaces Works

On Twitter for iOS and Android, when someone you follow starts or speaks in a Space, it’ll appear at the top of your timeline (fleets) as a purple bubble for as long as it’s live. When you join a Space as a listener, you can react to what you hear with emojis, check out any pinned Tweets, follow along with captions, Tweet or DM Space, or request to speak. Anyone can report and block others in the Space, or report the Space if you violate the space rules.