San Francisco-based Coinbase today announced one of their newest features: personal payment pages.
These pages provide the user with a personal page from which they can receive donations or payments right from the Coinbase website, eliminating the need for the sending party to jot down long bitcoin addresses (and let’s be honest, they can be easy to mess up).
Payment pages are available in the following format: coinbase.com/username. Each user has the option of creating a unique username. For example, I’ve created my own page at coinbase.com/eric (if you send funds I will be using them to pay the web hosting bill).
In order to create your Coinbase page, users must access the coinbase.com/settings page (you’ll need to log in, obviously) and the option will be on the first page you see.
Other examples of Coinbase personal pages include:
Marc Andreessen at coinbase.com/pmarca. He’ll be donating all bitcoin he receives at this address to the SV2 Partners non-profit, who according to Coinbase, builds “the philanthropic capacity of their Partners as well as building the organizational capacity of their Grantees.”
Nasir Jones has claimed the NYC handle (coinbase.com/NYC) and will be donating all coins received to his address to Watsi.org, a non-profit that funds life-changing healthcare for those in need.
And finally, a page created by Code.org (coinbase.com/codeorg) will use donations made to their address to help bring computer science to every student in every school in the nation.
Coinbase is even taking part by matching up to $50,000 in combined donations sent by the 6th of June to the three custom pages listed above.
Coinbase isn’t the first to come up with the idea, though. Another service, OneName, has already come up with a similar idea, allowing users to claim handled for easy payment.
Of course, Coinbase has the advantage of having a huge user base, so it’s very likely we’ll see this take off in a big way in the months ahead.
Will you be claiming a personal page at Coinbase?