Twitter has rolled out its Tips feature globally across iOS as the app continues to evolve to try to help creators monetize. Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s Consumer Product Lead, told a global press event that with a focus on evolving the app “beyond 280 characters,” monetization presents a huge opportunity to those with followings to earn income and an economic incentive to increase healthy discourse. The Tips feature will enable one time payments via third party platforms like Cash App, GoFundMe, or a Bitcoin address. Twitter is also introducing a fund for Spaces hosts that will provide financial, technical and marketing support for creators interested in creating recurring programming, in addition to rolling out access to ticketed features so Spaces hosts have the option to get compensated. Additionally, Spaces creators will be able to enable Recording and Replay, so people can experience conversations after they happen. Twitter also has a number of features in beta including monthly subscription service Super Follows, NFT authentication, and Heads Up which allows users to gauge the “vibe” of a conversation before choosing to jump in. Read more here.
VICE and the TELUS Fund have announced that three previously-announced docuseries focused on the mental health and wellness of young Canadians are now available to stream on VICE’s online Take Care hub. The chosen producers created insightful docuseries about finding happiness in a hobby no matter your skill level, the mental health concerns of young Asian-Canadians, and how water can be a tool for better well-being. Watch the docuseries for free, here.