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How Creator Tipping Platforms Like Twitter Super Follows & OnlyFans Work

The Twitter feature will join the ranks of other social platforms where you can pay for premium content.

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On Feb. 25, Twitter announced a new feature that would change the way creators use the platform. It's called Super Follows, and it sounds kinda similar to other creator monetization platforms like OnlyFans, Patreon, Twitch, or Substack.

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Creator monetization platforms let users charge subscriptions or accept tips from their followers for the content they make. This allows regular people make money off of content they’d otherwise be posting for free, while the platforms take a small cut.

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So far, all we know is that Super Follows will let users charge their followers for access to bonus content, like more tweets, a newsletter subscription, or a badge showing support, per The Verge. It’s unclear when Super Follows would roll out or how much it might cost.

The subscription option could attract more influencers, who have become accustomed to earning revenue from their content on other platforms.

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While we don't yet know exactly how Super Follows will work, we do know that followers will be able to tip creators they like. Here’s how other platforms that help creators get paid for content compare.

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OnlyFans

Creators on this platform keep 80% of profits and can charge viewers monthly subscriptions ranging from $4.99 to $49.99. Tips from new subscribers are capped at $100, but increase to $200 after four months. Creators are paid out every three weeks.

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Patreon

Patreon lets followers support their favorite podcasts, bands, artists, and more. Content can be priced per post, or by monthly subscription. Creators pay the platform 5%, 8,%, or 12% of their monthly earnings, plus processing fees, depending on their membership level.

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Twitch

This live streaming platform allows qualified Affiliates to earn money from subscribers, ads, and Bits, aka tips. Subscription tiers are $4.99, $9.99 and $24.99, and the platform takes 50% of subscription costs. Payouts are every 15 days.

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Substack

This platform allows writers to charge readers for their content (mostly newsletters). Though writers can publish for free, Substack takes 10% of paid subscriptions ($5 to $50 per month). Payouts are within 48 hours of transactions.

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