Twitter Blue is getting better, but you’ll have to pay more to get it.
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(Pocket-lint) – Elon Musk, owner and CEO of Twitter, has confirmed that the Twitter Blue subscription is changing: it’s getting more expensive, but it’s also gaining proper features.
In a series of messages posted on Twitter, Elon Musk says the price of the controversial Twitter Blue subscription will drop from $4.99 per month to $8 per month. In exchange for that extra money, he claims the subscription will come with a number of new features, some of which are pretty cool.
Musk claims that people who subscribe to Twitter Blue will benefit from the following:
- A blue tick to show that you are verified on Twitter.
- Priority in replies, mentions and searches, which Mr Musk says is “essential to beating spam and scams”.
- The ability to post longer videos and audio clips than those without Twitter Blue.
- Half of the ads everyone sees on the platform.
- A paywall bypass system for publishers who will work with Twitter, although it appears Mr Musk has had no signups so far.
Musk doesn’t say when it will all go live, but he did confirm that the price will be adjusted “per country in proportion to purchasing power parity”, suggesting that a direct conversion to US dollars is unlikely. .
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Twitter has been in flux since Musk bought it for $44 billion last week. He’s already dispatched engineers to try to revive looping video service Vine, and he reportedly plans to charge up to $20 a month to be verified by Twitter. This latest series of tweets shows that either he got it wrong or the owner of Twitter has changed his mind.
Written by Oliver Haslam.