Twitter unveiled a new feature earlier this year called “Tips” that allows users to easily pay their favorite creators by hitting a button on their profile. What’s really neat is that this tipping feature is no longer limited to traditional fiat currency; tipping with Bitcoin is now possible courtesy of a payment application built on the Lightning Network called Strike that allows users to send and receive the world’s top cryptocurrency. The feature is initially being rolled out to Apple iOS users, but it will become available for Android devices in “the coming weeks.”
Strike is available to people in El Salvador and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and New York). People in the eligible markets will have to sign up for a Strike account and add their Strike username to receive Bitcoin tips over the Lightning Network. You can use any Bitcoin Lightning wallet to send tips to someone’s Strike account.
We want everyone on Twitter to have access to pathways to get paid. Digital currencies that encourage more people to participate in the economy and help people send each other money across borders and with as little friction as possible – help us get there.
Twitter users can begin receiving payments in Bitcoin by enabling the Tips feature on their profile and adding their BTC address. The Tips feature already supports a number of other payment services and platforms such as Venmo, Patreon, and Cash App.