Twitter is launching its new subscription service, Twitter Blue, in Australia and Canada. This extra service will add features such as an “undo tweet” button, bookmarks, and a reader mode.
The limited launch is designed to “gain a deeper understanding” of what customers are looking for.
But the company also said the free-to-use version of the platform would also remain.
Twitter said that “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”
The Company also says that “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.“
The cost of the service is $3.49 in Canadian dollars and $4.49 in Australian dollars per month. However, no rate has been announced for other countries
Features of Twitter Blue
Subscribers will get “perks” – giving examples such as customisable app icons for phone home screens. There will also be features such as themes, which Twitter calls “fun colour themes” for the app with “dedicated” customer support.
The additional features that Twitter offers
- Bookmark folders, designed to help users organise saved tweets more easily
- Undo tweet, which will let users set a timer of up to 30 seconds after posting before it appears publicly. This isto allow quick correction of obvious mistakes
- Reader mode, which turns long threads of tweets into easier-to-read text
- “We will be listening to feedback and building out even more features and perks for our subscribers over time,” Twitter said.
- It does not, however, include verification in the form of a “blue tick” on a user profile, which cannot be bought.
- No plans to charge its top users a small fee for some extra
- The much-asked-for undo tweet button is undoubtedly top of the list, for all of us who’ve ever had a screamer of a typo, or – even worse – accidentally tweeted something we meant to search for.