When "liking" your favorite tweet isn't enough, you can now send small bitcoin transactions.
With the extension enabled, a little lightning bolt symbol pops up inside every tweet next to the more familiar "like" and "retweet" buttons.
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It builds off an old idea that small payments are one of bitcoin's selling points. (Bitcoin app ChangeTip was once a popular way to send payments over social media, but it died out in 2016.)
Tippin engineer Sergio Abril told CoinDesk:
All a user needs is a Twitter account and to install Tippin to receive tips. As such, Tippin hopes to capitalize on crypto Twitter power users to drive growth.
"Tippin started as a personal side project a couple of months ago, so I could understand lightning network a bit more, and of course help push adoption, but it’s starting to get big," Abril said.
Abril has ideas for expanding the app into the future, including adding support on other social media platforms. Also, for now, the app is custodial, meaning users don't have complete control over their funds, because, according to Abril, the app is much easier to use this way.
But he has plans to look into non-custodial options as well.
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