TikTok will soon let you send tips to your favorite accounts
The platform quietly rolled out the new feature and is testing it with some creators.
After Twitter unlocked its tipping feature to just about everyone on the platform last month, TikTok has decided to follow suit. The insanely popular short-form video app has quietly added a new tipping feature so you can pay some of your favorite creators directly.
The new feature was initially discovered by TikTok creator Jera Bean and gained traction via TechCrunch. Bean first discovered the feature in her account settings and immediately shared her findings in a video.
In the video, Bean discovers the new tip tab in her settings and, upon opening that tab, reveals the current requirements for TikTok tipping.
In order to be eligible for tips on the app, first of all, your account must be in good standing. Beyond that, your account must have 100,000 or more followers and you must meet the age requirement.
If you think you fit the criteria needed, you can apply for your own tip button through your account settings.
As of right now, the tips page on TikTok ensures that all of the money donated through tips will go directly to creators. None of the money sent through tips will go to the company, for now.
It’s not yet clear what payment methods users can use to tip creators.
The feature is obviously still in its early stages, and there’s a chance that the company could start taking a portion in the future.
Giving all of the tip money straight to creators is a great way for TikTok to draw more creators to the platform with the potential of making extra money.
For online creators, there are many avenues to make money, and a lot of them are appealing.
Twitter also recently added a tip jar, and Instagram is backed by Facebook’s (or Meta’s now) promise to payout $1 billion to creators throughout 2022. TikTok’s new tipping feature is a great way for the platform to compete with other payout options from other platforms.
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