May 28, 2022

Tumblr is expanding its hints feature to offer blog-level hints for its iOS and web apps, the company announced on Wednesday. Last month, the company introduced the Tip Jar feature, which allows users to tip under posts. Today’s extension allows users to post tips on the blog. Tumblr says the extension will benefit creators because it allows blog-level hints without tying the hint to a specific post.

You can now enable tips for your blog in your profile or blog view. Once you subscribe to a tip, the tip button will become available in your blog header. If you want to tip an online blog, you can click the “Tips” button and choose how much you want to tip. On the iOS app, you can click the “Support” button to submit a tip. Tumblr says they will soon be working on adding a blog-level tipping feature to their Android app.

When users tip the creator, they can send a note in addition to the tip. Anonymous tips are allowed, but tipsters can’t post. Users can tip up to $100 each.

Tumblr does not discount these charges, but standard credit card fees (2.9% + $0.30) apply. The company previously told gaming-updates that it won’t rely on Apple and Google’s internal payment processors to enable mobile tipping, meaning manufacturers won’t lose an additional 30% in fees.

The company’s Tip Jar feature follows the launch of Post+ last fall, which allows users to charge a monthly fee to access certain posts. The message was not warmly received by the platform, as some Tumblr users told gaming-updates that they would prefer the Tip Jar feature to the subscription feature. Looks like Tumblr finally got a response from the manufacturer by launching Tumblr Tips.

Tumblr is one of the other platforms offering Tip Jar features that allow users to send one-time payments to creators. Last May, Twitter launched a Tip Jar feature designed to allow users to quickly tip creators with a few taps. In addition, TikTok began testing a new in-app tip feature in October. This feature allows creators to accept money from fans outside of TikTok live streams where donations are already supported.

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