UPDATE (23rd March, 20:21 GMT): Comment from Disqus has been added.
Users of blog commenting service Disqus can now tip each other in bitcoin following the company's integration with San Francisco-based micropayments startup ChangeTip.
The news of the integration came after Victoria van Eyk, VP community developer at ChangeTip, sent a tip to a commenter on one of CoinDesk's articles.
The commenter had suggested Disqus should enable a bitcoin tipping option, to which van Eyk replied an integration between ChangeTip and Disqus had taken place recently.
The bitcoin tipping service responds to a system of bots, and passes on the message from the sender's wallet to that of the receiver after it "hears" its name mentioned across various social networks.
ChangeTip, which received $3.5m in funding in December, uses an internal ledger to process tips off-chain, meaning tips are sent almost instantly.
Steve Roy, VP of marketing at Disqus, said of the integration:
The company has also ventured into the donation micropayments space, having recently partnered with the non-profit BitGive Foundation.
Last month, bitcoin services provider Coinbase revealed it was shutting down its tipping button, citing ChangeTip's traction as the reason behind its decision. Coinbase announced it would direct the 10,000 users enrolled in its service to ChangeTip as of 1st April.
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