Twitter is a popular American social media and microblogging platform on which different people post and interact with each other through tweets. A few days back, Twitter announced that it will start rolling out Twitter Blue, a premium service that gives subscribers more features on the website and apps. Twitter Blue brings lots of new features which I’ll be discussing in this article but it misses out on users’ most requested feature.
Presently, Twitter Blue is only available in the United States and New Zealand, and users have to pay a monthly fee of $2.99 or NZ$ 4.49 to have access to these new features.
The following are some of the new features that Twitter Blue brings:
- Undo Tweet
The most requested feature on Twitter is probably an edit button for tweets but it hasn’t been made available. However, the Undo Tweet feature goes close to that as they are both based on a very similar idea. The Undo Tweet feature lets you have a timer during which you can preview, edit and cancel a tweet before it gets posted. Once the timer runs out, the tweet automatically goes live and you can’t make any changes to it. You can just hit the Send Now button if you’re satisfied and want to send it immediately.
- Top Articles
Twitter Blue will allow its subscribers to have access to the Top Articles feature, which shows them the most-shared articles within the last 24 hours in their network. At the moment, this feature is only available on Android and desktop.
- Reader Mode
This new premium subscription service brings a Reader Mode which makes you read long tweet threads easily. This gives you a long page containing all the tweets in the thread so you can read them at once. This isn’t exactly a new feature as it has been offered by some third-party services like Thread Reader.
- Bookmark Folders
The Bookmark Folders feature now brings support for folders on the Bookmarks page. Subscribers can now make custom folders in Bookmarks to allow them to organize their saved tweets to avoid long scrolling.
- Ad-free Articles
Another feature that Twitter Blue brings is Ad-free Articles. Twitter has now partnered with different top US-based publications so when you click a link from the supported publishers, it will open a fast-loading ad-free page. Presently, the supported publications are The Washington Post, L.A. Times, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, Reuters, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed, Insider, and The Hollywood Reporter. These publications will get paid from your subscription when you click any of their articles.
- Custom Navigation
Have you ever thought of re-arranging the icons on your navigation bar? Well, now, you can do that. Custom Navigation allows you to customize the items in your navigation bar. You can choose to rearrange, add or remove items from the navigation bar. It can now contain up to six different items which is an increase over the current 4 items. However, this feature is available only on iOS for now.
Labs now let Twitter Blue users have access to new and experimental features earlier than normal users. These features may either become available to every user or get scraped off.
Some new experimental features are the new 10-minute video limit on desktop, the new pinned conversation options in DMs on iOS, and access to colorful themes & exclusive new app icons on iOS.
Well, we didn’t get the Edit Tweet feature yet and Twitter will still show ads on the timeline to Twitter Blue users, which is a strange decision. You’d expect an ad-free experience for the price you are paying.
I think Twitter may later implement these features in another subscription plan but at an even higher cost.
I guess Jack has finally responded to those that say “How’s Twitter free?” as a comment to hilarious tweets 😂😂.
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