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👉🏽 Back to basics. Twitter can pay me now.

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Twitter tipping is here. You can pay for memes!

I like change
How was your week?
I’ve been thinking about this newsletter a lot. Like, seriously thinking about it.
I don’t like making decisions without solid research. So I looked into what happens when you open this newsletter — what you’re clicking on and if you’re clicking on anything at all.
I found that my most read and engaging issue so far was my deep dive into fandom on Clubhouse. That was 10 issues ago. It was also the same issue where I talked about my mental health and digital presence — the topic I’ve received the most responses about.
It wasn’t a link farm and I feel like it really broke down what goes down on a platform. That was my goal with this newsletter, but I’ve sort of strayed from it.
That said, I’m changing things up and going back to basics.
So here’s what went down this week on the timeline.
Why did everything drop on Thursday?
If Thursday, May 6, 2021 was some sort of deadline for platforms to roll out new features, I noticed.
I’m missing a lot. I didn’t take notes — my bad.
But these are the ones you should know about:
Twitter started testing Tip Jar, a way for creators to receive money from their audience and for people to send money to their favorite accounts. It seems like a natural iteration for the platform that so many creators use as a primary outlet to reach their audiences.
But there is at least one privacy flaw. People who send money through PayPal will receive a receipt that includes their address. And this, as SocialProof Security CEO Rachel Tobac points out in her Twitter thread, is more of a PayPal problem than Twitter.
Rachel Tobac
Huge heads up on PayPal Twitter Tip Jar. If you send a person a tip using PayPal, when the receiver opens up the receipt from the tip you sent, they get your *address*. Just tested to confirm by tipping @yashar on Twitter w/ PayPal and he did in fact get my address I tipped him.
Next, Instagram rolled out a closed captions sticker that lets anyone add captions to their videos shared on their Instagram Story. I’ve always been an advocate for accessibility on digital platforms, and media makers should always take into account that audiences consume content in many ways.
Lastly, Discord rolled out its “Clubhouse clone,” Stage Channels for larger servers. It seems like it’s more interactive and engaging than Twitter Spaces and Clubhouse. It also keeps all of the engagement and back-chat messaging among moderators within the platform.
(Oh and also, this didn’t drop on Thursday but Twitter crop is gone!)
Clubhouse creators are here, so are Androids
On Tuesday, Clubhouse announced finalists for its Creator First pilot program. Clubhouse will back these creators and support their shows on the platform. The creators will be paid, though Clubhouse didn’t say exactly how much in its announcement. But at a town hall in March, Paul Davison said creators would be guaranteed $5,000 monthly.
See the list:
Meet the Creator First Finalists
Android users are on Clubhouse now. I haven’t noticed the difference, but beta testing is limited right now. I do wonder how this will affect the communities on Clubhouse.
Creators have worked hard to create real connections. Most of the clubs I’m in feel like a tight-knit group of friends now. We banter, have inside jokes and have even connected offline.
What will it look like once clubs start gaining more and more members and followers?
A screenshot of the new RSVP feature on Clubhouse
A screenshot of the new RSVP feature on Clubhouse
On the other side of the app, its cornerstone, users can now curate their own calendars found in their hallways (main feed). Users can tap on the notification bell to RSVP to an event and they’ll be notified when the room starts. They’ll also see the event on their calendar pinned at the top of the Hallway.
A screenshot showing how events show up on someone's profile
A screenshot showing how events show up on someone's profile
There seems to be an added emphasis on events hosted on Clubhouse. Now when someone is added as a host to an event, the event will show up on their profile.
Again, I wonder how these new event features will influence user behavior. Will moderators be more keen to schedule their rooms in advance?
Elon Musk vs. meme creators
I’m not going to really talk about Elon Musk. I’ll just talk about what he’s been doing.
The gist: Musk takes memes and never credits the creators. He’s become a “meme lord” but the memes don’t come from him.
Yes, people do this all the time. But for many creators, their work (no matter how minimal it seems) is their currency. The least we can do is credit them. The best we can do is pay them.
That said — Elon Musk aside — if memes are such a big part of your brand, maybe you should hire someone to understand them and to make them for you.
Just a thought.
Read the article:
Elon Musk and Memes: A Controversy Over Giving Creators Credit
Take your damn PTO, I'm begging you
Tip for younger folks in the workforce -- when you take PTO, anticipate how it will impact the team and try as hard as possible to minimize any disruption. And realize that there are going to be times that you just....shouldn't take PTO.
People had thoughts about this take from Twitter user @privilegelog.
It is OK to be a team player and to watch out for your people, don’t get me wrong. But for goodness’ sake, let’s learn to take care of ourselves.
Burnout is a real problem. One of the worse effects of burnout, aside from stress, is your quality of work. When you’re stressed out and are plowing away at multiple projects at once without a chance to catch your breath, you’re going to mess up.
Believe me. I’ve been there.
Shayne Nuesca
It’s good to have boundaries.

Your job isn’t your life. Take your PTO. Snooze that email and turn off Slack notifications.

I’m all about legacy building but I’m not trying to be known or remembered for having a job.
Take it from me. Draw boundaries and take a break.
Twitter, you can start paying me now
I sing praises about Twitter a lot, I know. I’ve been on the platform for over a decade now. It always pulls me back in.
This week, the Twitter Research team started a podcast and it’s 100% my cup of tea. The platform has shown over the years that it listens to users, or at least pays attention to how people are actually using their product. And, I appreciate that. Now, we get to know how the research team is a part of that process.
They really should start paying me for this PR but being on the Tip Jar beta will do — I guess.
Anyway, if my insights on Twitter or any other platform spark some thought or you value what I’m creating, feel free to share my tweets (and this newsletter) with your friends.
On to the next
You made it to the end! *Virtual pat on the back*
I’m glad you come back every week and open this whenever I decide to send it out on Saturday night.
To be honest, as I’ve been saying the past few weeks, it’s getting really hard to want to be in front of a computer screen when the sun is out in Alaska past 10 p.m.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. I’ll be on a boat somewhere in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. If something happens on the timeline while I’m gone, I’ll catch up when I get back and you’ll see it here next week.
Until next time,
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