Twitter enables tipping with Bitcoin, plans to let users authenticate NFTs

Twitter is turning on the ability to ask for tips in Bitcoin through its app, making it the first major social network to embrace the cryptocurrency as a method of payment. The company also plans to let users connect their crypto wallets and authenticate the ownership of NFTs they tweet with a special badge.

Tipping was leaked in Twitter’s app code recently, but the company hasn’t made tips available until Thursday, when the feature is rolling out globally on iOS with Android to follow. Besides Bitcoin, Twitter will let users connect nine traditional payment providers, including Venmo and Cash App, to their profiles to accept tips. Twitter isn’t processing the payments itself.

The Bitcoin tips are facilitated by Strike, a Bitcoin wallet app that runs on the Lightning Network protocol. Lightning is designed to enable faster and cheaper transactions using Bitcoin. The company behind it has received funding from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a staunch Bitcoin advocate who tweeted in June that it was “only a matter of time” before Twitter supported payments via Lightning.

Strike works in all US states except New York and Hawaii and the country of El Salvador. Twitter users will also be able to add their Bitcoin address to their profile, which people can then copy and paste into their crypto wallet of choice to send tips.

How tipping with Bitcoin works on Twitter.
Image: Twitter

During a press call Thursday, Twitter said it also was planning to support authentication for NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, by letting people connect their crypto wallets.

“NFT authentication will come in the form of a badge, shown on profile pictures, marking the owner’s NFT as authentic,” a company spokesperson said. NFTs have recently boomed in popularity as a way to buy and trade digital art on the Ethereum blockchain.

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