Twitter has revealed new features for its platform, such as more versatile controls and the ability to send cryptocurrency between users.
Twitter is adding Bitcoin to its Tips function, which previously allowed users to send money to others via PayPal and other third-party services, and is rolling it out globally.
Beginning today, users can link their bitcoin wallet to their profile and send cryptocurrency directly from the app using Strike, a third-party payment app built on the Bitcoin Lightning Network.
Tips were initially only available to a select group of users, but it is now available to all iPhone users, with Android users on the way. According to Twitter, users in countries such as Africa may not have access to standard companies, and bitcoin is “among the very best options” of “positive” options.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has long been a supporter of cryptocurrency, claiming that it will “unite the world” and that it will become the “native currency of the internet.”
Tipping is entirely on third-party platforms, so there is no profit from contributions; when users select a service, the app or website opens. When moving cryptocurrency, Twitter creates a bitcoin lightning wallet billing, and when that billing is paid off-platform, the social networks website will send out a notice to the receiver, which can be responded with a predetermined reply or emojis.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are also becoming more prevalent on Twitter, with the company ‘testing’ NFT authentication, allowing users to directly link their crypto wallets and display their NFT ownership on Twitter.
In a call with press reporters, Twitter’s Item Lead for Conversational Security Christine Su also stated that the company will be introducing a method to leave a discussion that they have been tagged in, as well as ‘testing’ word filters to get rid of undesirable speech or “targeted name-calling,” in addition to emojis and other terms.
These updates follow Twitter’s other changes, such as allowing users to control who can respond and the “Safety Mode” that the company is testing to auto-block accounts, as well as allowing users to remove fans– which was previously done throughout stopping,’ which is when someone obstructs and then unclogs a user.
Twitter is adding more context to its tweets so users can “trust who they are speaking to,” according to Su, by including profile labels and a brand-new “direct” experiment that will notify users when they are joining a “possibly heated conversation” through a label below a Tweet, as shown in a concept mock-up.
Twitter will discover these ‘vibes,’ which are still in their “early days,” using automatic innovation, but eventually want to allow authors to set their tones to the discussion– comparing its experiment to
Following on from its Communities feature, Twitter is attempting to allow users to “set their standards.” Twitter has stated that mediators in those areas will not be held accountable to Twitter’s guidelines, allowing users to develop
Tweets in a Neighborhood remain public and can be quote-tweeted outside the neighborhood by default, but will not be spread out outside the neighborhood unless a user currently within that group chooses to do so.
A developer fund for audio developers is also being established, and recording and replay functions are being added to the tool for Spaces, its Clubhouse-like voice-call groups.