A new Chrome and Firefox browser extension is has enabled Bitcoin (BTC) tipping on Twitter via the Lightning Network.
Tippin.me uses Bitcoin’s second-layer scaling solution, the Lightning Network, to make tipping almost instantaneous and with incredibly low fees of fractions of a cent.
The project was created by Sergio Abril and is still in development. However, Tippin.me’s state is already functional. Installation of the browser extension allows users to see a new tipping button Twitter tweets — opening the door to a future where the Lightning Network may facilitate tipping across a wide variety of social platforms. Explains Dan Rusnac in a post on Medium:
Not only the Twitter experience completely changes but it also open limitless future scenarios: an internet where, thanks to this extension/s, you can tip people on all socials (it can be for a tweet, for an article, for a video, for a comment, etc.), thus creating a new way to raise money by content creators without the need of a central agency and without the need of creating a new social platform and economic system from scratch!
Setting up Tippin.me is relatively simple. Users simply need to login to the web-app via their Twitter accounts to set up a custodial wallet for BTC on the Lightning Network. This wallet is where received tips may be stored and managed.
— Tippin (@tippin_me) February 14, 2019
In its current form, Tippin.me is not limited to Twitter. Users may also place a web button on personal websites or blogs to receive tips in a similar fashion.