Facebook considering a ‘tip’ button for user to make money from their posts

Get verified, get paid.


Published Apr 19, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 10:20 pm CDT

Despite continuing its own hunt for great revenue, it looks like Facebook wants to put some money back in the hands of its users.

The social media giant distributed a survey this week asking select members their preferences on ways of giving money to others, or donating to a cause. The survey, first spotted by The Verge, lists a number of potential ways to move cash around including a tip jar, donation option, and call-to-action button.

The Verge

It’s not clear if or when any changes will occur, and the language within the survey suggests any potential additions may only be available to verified members. If implemented, the features would mark the first time users are given the ability to receive money directly for their Facebook updates. 

This is one of the many major moves Facebook may use to get people and companies posting content. Last week we reported that Facebook would start rolling out Instant Article, a publishing platform that hosts content direct on the company’s servers for fast viewing. Last year Facebook said it would begin giving video creators money for the ads that sit alongside its videos, the same sort of thing Youtube has been doing since 2007. 

While it is still unknown when or even if users will start making money for their own posts, now seems like a great time to start cooking up good ideas for Facebook updates. Who knows, you might make a living out of it one day.

H/T The Verge | Photo via Squeezomatic/Flickr 

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*First Published: Apr 19, 2016, 6:56 pm CDT