Twitter Blue Could Roll Out In India ‘In Less Than A Month’, Elon Musk Tweets Creator Monetisation All Forms Of Content Long Form Texts To Tweets

Twitter Blue Could Roll Out In India 'In Less Than A Month', Elon Musk Tweets Creator Monetisation All Forms Of Content Long Form Texts To Tweets

After Twitter launched a premium subscription service for Twitter Blue on Saturday, November 5, allowing users to buy the verification symbol for a monthly fee of $7.99 (INR 655), several Indians started asking the microblogging platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, about when the Twitter Blue service will roll out in India. Replying to one such question, Musk said: “Hopefully, less than a month”. This means that people in India can avail the premium Twitter Blue subscription service this year onwards. 

iOS users in India can avail the some of the features of the initial launch of the new Twitter Blue subscription service by updating the app to the new version. One will have to pay for Twitter Blue to get verified on the microblogging platform, the latest update on the Apple App Store says. 

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iOS users can start availing the new features of the initial launch of the Twitter Blue subscription service by updating the Twitter app to the latest version (Photo: Screenshot from Apple App Store)
iOS users can start availing the new features of the initial launch of the Twitter Blue subscription service by updating the Twitter app to the latest version (Photo: Screenshot from Apple App Store)

The Twitter user replied to Musk that it would be interesting to see if the cost of the service is inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) or if the price will rise to $10 in case GST has not been included already. $10 is equivalent to INR 819.82. 

The person said: “Super, that’s fast!  Looking forward and guessing it could be INR 649 or so. Will be interesting to see if it’s incl GST or if it will take it to close to 10$.”

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People can soon attach long-form text to tweets, Musk says

After the launch of the subscription service, Musk wrote on Twitter that the microblogging platform will soon add the ability to attach long-form text to tweets, ending the “absurdity of notepad screenshots”. 

Twitter to introduce creator monetisation: Musk

He also said that there will be creator monetisation for all forms of content.

A Twitter user with the username ‘Everyday Astronaut’, who runs a YouTube channel of the same name, expressed his happiness about the idea of monetisation for content creators on Twitter. He wrote that if Twitter can offer a similar monetisation system like YouTube does, he would consider uploading his full videos on the microblogging platform too. 

Replying to him, a Twitter user said that YouTube gives creators 55 per cent of advertisement revenue, for what it’s worth. 

Musk replied: “We can beat that”. 

The SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO also wrote on Twitter that initially, people can share 42-minute videos, followed by videos which are several hours long, in a month or so.

Comparisons between Twitter and Substack

Some people started making comparisons between Twitter and Substack, asking Musk if one will be able to subscribe to pieces of writing on Twitter, similar to Substack.

Substack is an email newsletter platform for journalists and writers. 

A person wrote that Twitter has its own rival to Substack called Revue, but it has “extremely poor implementation” on the microblogging platform. The user said it should be “baked right” into Twitter, to which Musk replied: “Absolutely”.

Musk criticises “search” within Twitter

Criticising Twitter’s search feature, Musk said it reminds him of Infoseek in 1998, an American search engine founded by American entrepreneur Steve Kirsch in 1994, and one of the first major search engines. The billionaire wrote that Infoseek will also get a lot better “pronto”, meaning that the old search engine will work more promptly or quickly than “search” within Twitter. He also wrote that fixing search is a “high priority”. 

Will verified accounts without Twitter Blue subscription lose their verification status?

Aaron Cohn, an American right-handed pitcher for the Oakland Athletics Organization, asked Musk if the people with an already existing blue-coloured tick on Twitter will lose their verification status right away. He also asked what the timeline for the changes to be implemented is. 

Musk replied: “Couple months”. This means that people with blue-coloured ticks who do not subscribe to Twitter Blue could lose their verification status in two months or so.

Online feud between Musk and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Over the past few days, a feud has been going on between United States representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Musk on Twitter.  Ocasio-Cortez had not been supportive of Musk’s decision to roll out a paid service to obtain verification status on Twitter. On November 3, she shared a screenshot which showed that she had received no notifications from other “verified accounts” on the microblogging platform. 

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that her app has looked like this ever since her tweet “upset” Musk, and that this does not seem very “free speechy” to her. She was apparently taking a jibe at Musk, who claims himself to be a harbinger of free speech. 

Quoting Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, American actor Mark Ruffalo, popular for playing Hulk aka Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), wrote that Musk is destroying his credibility, and that it is not a good look. Ruffalo requested Musk to get off Twitter for the “love of decency” and asked him to hand over the keys to someone who does this as an actual job.

Replying to Ruffalo, Musk said that not everything AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) says is completely accurate. 

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