Twitter is constantly getting new features, and the latest updates include support for Ethereum and a label on account bios that indicate when they are bots.
Twitter, the popular micro-blogging platform, has always loved the idea of alternative payment methods. Co-founder and former CEO, Jack Dorsey, is a big supporter of cryptocurrencies, no doubt being the influence behind Twitter allowing users to tip with Bitcoin. Now, you can pay using Ethereum as well as you show support for your favorite accounts.
However, Ethereum is not the only payment method Twitter has added. You can tip using services like Barter from Flutterwave, Paga, and Paytm. To receive tips with any of these methods, you must enable the feature for your account and be over 18 years of age.
Adding Ethereum opens up cryptocurrency payment to Twitter users who may not support Bitcoin personally. However, the other options added by Twitter allow users in more countries to take advantage of the tipping feature, either by paying or receiving funds. For example, Barter, Paga, and Paytm are popular payment methods in Nigeria and other parts of Africa and India.
In other Twitter news, Twitter bots can now proudly identify as their kind with a new update to the bio page. If you run a bot account, you can now add a label to let your followers know that the account is not run manually.
Twitter began testing the feature last September, but is now pushing it out globally.
The label allows you to include your own handle as the person behind the bot. Twitter is hailing this new feature as a way to be more transparent with how bots run. It will help users decide whether they want to follow or engage with an account or not.
This feature is in line with Twitter’s policy announced in 2020 that high-quality bots should let it be known that they are automated and display who is running them.
While many people think bots will degrade the quality of interactions on Twitter, these automated accounts provide essential services. Some bots give weather reports, while others focus on breaking news or sports updates. However, bots can also be used for borderline questionable purposes, like the one that reports when Elon Musk’s jet takes off and land, including its location. The world’s richest man has complained of the security risk it poses to his family, but the teenager behind the bot has refused to back down, giving conditions that Musk must satisfy.