TWITER Blue is a paid-for version of Twitter for committed tweeters.
If you’re an ultra-keen Twitter user, you’ll want to know exactly what it means.
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What is Twitter Blue?
Twitter Blue is a premium subscription service that bundles in bonus features on the app.
But bear in mind that Twitter is changing very rapidly at the moment.
Since Elon Musk took over the app late last month, features have been coming and going at lightning speed.
So it’s entirely possible that by the time you read this, it might already be out of date.
Right now, you’ll pay $7.99/£6.99 for a Twitter Blue membership.
It’s totally optional: regular Twitter remains free at this stage.
You’ll get a blue checkmark, which looks identical to the one applied to Verified accounts.
But if you tap on the checkmark, it will explain that you’re verified as a Twitter Blue member – and not for another reason.
You also get access to select new features, including the ability to edit tweets.
Twitter says several new features are also in the works.
One is that your tweets will be prioritised, pushed to the top of replies mentions and search.
You’ll also see 50% fewer ads versus non-subscribers.
And you’ll eventually get the ability to post longer videos to Twitter too.
How does Twitter Vlue verification work?
Twitter Blue verification is not like regular verification.
An officially Verified account means Twitter’s team has vetted a person, and deems them important enough – or at such significant risk of impersonation – to authenticate their profile.
This is usually reserved for key figures in news, entertainment, politics or other important industries.
A Verified account is signified with a blue checkmark on their profile and tweets.
With Twitter Blue, you get the same blue checkmark, but you won’t actually have been “verified”.
That means it’s possible that accounts that impersonate others can have a blue checkmark – although this would be against Twitter rules if not declared “parody”, ultimately resulting in a ban.
You can tell Verified and Blue checkmarks apart by tapping on the icon on a profile.
This will reveal if a checkmarked user has paid for their icon, or if it’s been awarded by the Twitter verification team.
Twitter Blue is currently only available on iOS in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
But there are plans to expand this.
If you created your account on or after November 9, 2022, you’ll be unable to subscribe to Twitter Blue “at this time”, according to Twitter.
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