Changetip is one of those unique Bitcoin services everyone learns to love over time. Even though the platform offers a ton of functionality and integration out of the box, that moment when you send or receive your first Bitcoin tip is truly amazing. But what about user privacy, a matter near and dear to all our hearts?
ChangeTip’s Privacy Options
Bitcoin offers a certain level of anonymity and user privacy, a trait many of us enjoy on a regular basis. By being so different compared to more traditional media, Bitcoin has all the right tools to disrupt the current financial infrastructure. But it goes beyond so much more than that, as tipping content creators in Bitcoin is not only beneficial to the tipper, but also the person receiving the love.
However, ChangeTip’s API previously showed the profile of the user you are sending a Bitcoin tip to. As you would come to expect from the hardcore Bitcoin enthusiasts, they wanted something to protect their privacy a bit more and a well-respected company such as ChangeTip listened to their customer base.
In order to add an additional layer of user privacy, ChangeTip has brought to the table a new option in the account settings menu. By changing the “Visibility” settings of your ChangeTip account, other users will [no longer] be able to see your ChangeTip profile, depending on your preferences and needs.
ChangeTip prides itself on not being “just” a love button for the internet – a task they have successfully completed, in my book – but also values the needs of their user base. Giving users full control over all of their ChangeTip data is one of those aspects and, after valuable feedback from the community, ChangeTip came up with a solution that works for everyone.
Finding a Balance Between Transparency and Privacy
The options included in this “Visibility” setting allow you to either hide your profile page from the public and search engines, hide your tips from activity and leaderboards, and hide your profile data in public tips feeds and from people sending you tips. As you can see, there is an option to please everyone [and if you are happy with the current setup, you won’t have to change anything].
When ChangeTip originally launched their services, a lot of users wanted to have their picture show up as soon as someone wanted to send them a tip. In the order of transparency – true to Bitcoin’s nature, of course – ChangeTip implemented this feature quickly, and it has been a great tool to verify the recipient of your tip to date.
However, on the other hand, you can also see why some people would prefer to show less or no information at all. It all depends on your personal preference, which is hard to cater to. But the solution presented by ChangeTip is simple, elegant and to the point.
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