Twitter product manager Kayvon Beykpour appeared today to confirm the rumors circulating this week that the company would soon be launching a Bitcoin Lightning tip service.
On the popular social application, Beykpour Quote tweeted a leaked image of a beta interface for the planned service from cellphone developer Alessandro Paluzzi. The rumored test was subsequently reported by The Block and MacRumors ahead of Beykpour’s tweet, although no official statement from the company was released.
Nevertheless, Beykpour’s tweet is the strongest evidence so far that the Bitcoin Lightning tip service is actually currently being tested and that it could be accompanied by a new “Super Follower” function. The new service is said to be integrated into the Strike Lightning service.
Strike CEO Jack Mallers and Jack Dorsey have both been extremely active in the Bitcoin and Lightning space this year, although Mallers has also not confirmed the service at press time.
The service is set to support Square’s upcoming hardware wallet, and Twitter also lists Blue Wallet and Wallet of Satoshi as examples of custody wallets and Breez, Muun, Phoenix and Zap as examples of non-custodian wallets the service could support.
While it is unclear whether invoices will be generated for all tips, the test images suggest that Twitter will use Strike to generate Bitcoin invoices.
At the moment, it seems that Twitter users need a strike account to get tips in Bitcoin, which has been the subject of some controversy as many Bitcoiners are suspicious of services that require the provision of identification information.
In any case, Bitcoin developments on Twitter follow CEO Jack Dorsey’s promises in July when he hinted that Bitcoin would be activated in the application’s Tip Jar service. He also suggested that Bitcoin could be used for super follow, commerce, and subscriptions.
Jack Dorsey doubled his interest in everything related to bitcoin this year, including increasing Square’s bitcoin holdings while developing a hardware wallet, peer-to-peer exchanges, getting into bitcoin mining, and Bluesky , an open and decentralized standard for social media, teases.
At the moment, Bitcoin is not yet available to beta users, but the code suggests that it could be rolled out soon.