Twitter: Social media giant lists new ‘Blue’ subscription service in 2021- Codedportal
Twitter has added a new subscription service to app stores, indicating that the social media giant is getting ready to test the service.
“Twitter Blue” is available for £2.49 in the UK and $2.99 in the US as an in-app purchase.
Twitter has not provided any additional information, and has declined to confirm web reports that the service may allow users to “delete” tweets.
It has previously stated that it was working on paid-subscriber-only features.
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The company declined to comment on the listing explicitly, but told the BBC that it had already declared efforts to diversify its revenue streams.
Despite the fact that “Twitter Blue” is currently available in app stores, it is not yet completely functional.
According to the BBC, test deployments of the subscription service are expected to begin soon, though it is unknown which nations will be the first to receive it.
It contains a “undo tweet” functionality, according to technology blogger Jane Manchun Wong, who claims to be the first paid customer of the service as well as a “reader mode” to make reading long threads easier. But Twitter has declined to confirm her claims.
The social media giant told the BBC that increasing “revenue durability” is the company’s top objective.
The firm also plans to continue developing and experimenting with other ways to diversify its revenues beyond advertising this year and further ahead.
These plans could also include subscription services and other ways to offer individuals and businesses access to special features on the platform.
Twitter has also made clear that it will continue to focus on growing its advertising business.
Screen grab of Twitter app listing in app store.
Last month, the company launched a new “tip jar” feature that allowed people to send money to others on the social network.
Twitter said the feature was “an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation”.
To begin with, only a select group of people can receive tips – a group Twitter said was made up of “creators”, journalists, experts, and non-profits.
The function adds a small icon to a user’s profile – on mobile devices only for now – with a drop-down menu for other payment providers such as PayPal, Venmo, or the Cash App, the latter two of which are popular in the United States.
But the announcement was not without controversy. Because the payment is made through those external systems, some Twitter users noticed that tipping a PayPal account lets the recipient know the postal address of the tip sender.
In other cases, the recipient’s email address could be seen, whether or not any money was sent.