Twitter launches ‘Twitter Blue’, a paid subscription to access add-on features

Twitter has officially launched its new ‘Twitter Blue’ subscription service which will enable its users to pay a monthly fee to gain access to additional features and tools.

“We’ve heard from the people that use Twitter a lot, and we mean a lot, that we don’t always build power features that meet their needs. We took this feedback to heart, and are developing and iterating upon a solution that will give the people who use Twitter the most what they are looking for: access to exclusive features and perks that will take their experience on Twitter to the next level.” Twitter said.

Twitter is offering tools such as:

Bookmark folders: Twitter users will be able to categorize their saved tweets into topic folders. This means that you can have folders for different products or different content etc. The feature will come in handy for ecommerce listings in tweets, which twitter is currently developing.

Colour theme: Users will have the option of selecting a range of colors for their UX display. Currently you can access this option on desktop where by you can change background to either dim or light out, but on Twitter Blue it will provide the same within the Twitter app.

Undo tweets: Twitter blue will allows its subscribers to retract their sent tweets within up to 30 seconds of posting. This means that if your tweet has grammatical errors or mistakes you can undo the tweet. Twitter Blue subscribers will get access to a “customizable timer of up to 30 seconds” to click ‘Undo’ before the Tweet, reply, or thread gets posted to their timeline – so you can make it 10 seconds, 20 seconds, etc. This feature does not mean tweet editing but it’s much better than not being able to edit at all.

Reader mode: Reader mode will enable users to turn tweet threads into easy to read text and clutter free so that you can read all the content in a single stream.

App Icon- Twitter Blue subscribers will get access to the option of customizing app icons on their devices home screen.

Dedicated Support: The subscribers will get access to dedicated customer support from twitter.

According to Twitter, the add on features were developed from the feedback it got from its users and it plans to build more features for its subscribers overtime.

How much does Twitter Blue cost.

Twitter blue subscribers will pay a monthly price of $2.89.

Which countries can access Twitter Blue?

Twitter Blue is currently available in Canada and Australia.

Also, Twitter is keen to clarify:

“And for those wondering, no, a free Twitter is not going away, and never will. This subscription offering is simply meant to add enhanced and complementary features to the already existing Twitter experience for those who want it.”

There will be no changes to twitter just some additional tools for people who can pay. If at all you can sacrifice some few coins, you could have access to a few new features on twitter if you are a huge twitter user.

Although there has been a few critic of whether it’s a good move for twitter to have the paid features, we know that even if only 1% of twitter users sign up for the Twitter blue, the company will easily make around $7 million per month and around $21 million per quarter as direct revenue for the company.

If you are in Kenya unfortunately we can’t access the Twitter Blue, but as soon as it is rolled out worldwide we will let you know.

The question is, would you pay ksh.311.69 to access the additional features?  Let us know.

Also Read: Whatsapp adds option to speed up voice messages