Twitter integrates Indian payment gateway with Tip Jar
Twitter serves the public conversation, and there are many amazing voices who drive the discussion. Now you can do more than just Follow, Like, or Retweet people to show your support—you can send them money. Last month, Twitter announced the option to add Tip Jar to one’s profile, a new way for people to send and receive support with cash gifts. Today, the service is adding an Indian payment gateway, Razorpay, as an additional payment provider.
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To start, only a limited group will see the option to add Tip Jar to their profile. This group includes creators, journalists, public figures, experts, and community leaders. It is the first of several upcoming ways for creators to monetise their content and earn money from their biggest supporters. Everyone can send tips to applicable accounts on Twitter for iOS and Android via third-party payment services.
Turning on Tip Jar adds an icon next to the Follow button on the Twitter profile page, allowing people to link to an existing account with the following payment providers: PayPal, Cash App, Patreon, Bandcamp, Venmo, and now Razorpay. By integrating Razorpay, the service is hoping to provide people in India with a simple and secure way to send money as a token of appreciation or as a gift. To better serve them, Tip Jar is available in multiple Indian languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil.
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With Tip Jar, people can select whichever payment service they prefer and they’ll be taken off Twitter to the selected app where they can show their support in the amount they choose. Twitter takes no cut. Through Razorpay’s interface, people will be able to support individuals and organisations across India via multiple modes of payment including UPI, credit and debit cards, net banking, wallets and more. Twitter is also working to add more payment providers to the feature around the world.
On iOS and Android, Tip Jar lives as an icon on people’s Twitter profiles. On Android only, it is also accessible within Spaces. It is an easy way, and a first step towards creating new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter – with money. Soon, more people will be able to add it to their profile in India and across the world.