Twitter rolls out Bitcoin Lightning tips for iOS users
Twitter has officially enabled third-party Bitcoin tipping services through iOS users’ profiles on their platform.
In the new feature, users will be able to link both Bitcoin and Lightning Network addresses. The company told Reuters on a press call that they hope to roll out the feature for Android in the coming weeks.
The tipping feature is presumed to be compatible with apps such as Strike, Cash App, Muun, and other third-party Bitcoin payment solutions. The service is also expected to support Square’s forthcoming hardware wallet.
Users will likely be able to send funds from any Bitcoin address but must receive funds through the Strike API. Twitter stated they were not in the flow of funds and would not be taking a commission on the payments.
A popular Bitcoin proponent, Jack Mallers shared the video demonstrating the service with the firm’s integration of the Strike API. In the video Mallers sent Bitcoin from Chicago to El Salvador via Twitter.
Most payment solutions for the tipping feature will depend on the services available in users’ geographic locations. The exception to this will be Bitcoin and Lightning tips, which will be available to users worldwide, as Bitcoin functions independent of location.
The news comes just weeks after Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour confirmed rumors circulating that the company would soon launch a Bitcoin Lightning tipping service.
The Bitcoin developments at Twitter follow through on promises CEO Jack Dorsey made in July, when he implied that Bitcoin would be enabled in the application’s Tip Jar service. He suggested also that Bitcoin could be used for Super Follows, Commerce and Subscriptions.