Twitter has been at the top of the news for the last few weeks. The company is changing, not only its directors and employees but also the platform as we knew it. Twitter Blue, grey tick for official accounts, long-text tweets… Many new features have been around the platform since Elon Musk decided to take it; however, how will it change the way of using Twitter?
1. Twitter Blue
Twitter Blue is a paid monthly subscription that adds a blue checkmark to your account and offers early access to select new features. If you decide to join and pay the subscription, your tweets will appear in the verified section of the notification’s timeline. iOS users in some countries, including Canada and the U.S., can get a blue check mark for US$7.99 a month.
The update notes tease future paid subscription extras, including decreasing ad volume by half, post videos longer than 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and preference ranking of the user’s content in replies, mentions, and searches.
2. Official accounts
High-profile accounts will have a distinctive grey check, including government accounts, major media outlets and some public figures. The move is an attempt to protect against information spreading and impersonation on the platform with the fallout of expanding eligibility for its blue checkmark.
3. Longer tweets
Twitter started with 140 characters, then changed to 280 characters, and Elon Musk decided to add longer form tweets to ‘not see more bloc notes screen shoots.’ The feature is unavailable, and the social media boss didn’t specify how long the tweets will be yet.
The company didn’t do any notification, but Elon Musk made the announcement on November 16th while responding to an 82-tweet-long thread.
4. Download videos
Another feature the users are asking for is the possibility of downloading videos from the platform. Some of these users are considering paying for a simple bottom to save their favourite videos. Elon Musk used Twitter again to answer and assure that this feature will be soon on the platform.
Elon Musk arrived at Twitter to change the platform and how we interact with it. In the following months, Twitter will change, and we need to adapt to this new platform.