A virtual ‘tip jar’ may be introduced to Facebook, which would see users’ giving small amounts of money to the people and pages that they like.
The Verge discovered a survey circulating which contained questions relating to ‘earning money using your personal presence’.
Alongside a tip jar, ideas included branded content, sponsor marketplace, donate option, revenue sharing and also a call to action button, which would see a “Buy Tickets” button added to posts, alongside the “Like” button.
YouTube and Twitch currently allow content creators to make money in the form of small contributions from others. This has led to many users being able to turn their skills and comedy into financial success, with some famous YouTubers earning millions of pounds a year.
It seems likely that only verified users will be able to receive money for their posts, according to sources online, if Facebook does indeed introduce the changes, so for now, people will have to stick to getting rich on YouTube.
“It’s still very early, but we’re committed to creating sustainable, long-term monetisation models for our partners and we’re listening to feedback,” said a spokesperson for Facebook.
With more than 1.5 billion users, Facebook certainly has a huge audience that could benefit from such an idea, but whether it does end up happening, or is only ever a pipe dream, remains to be seen.