Pay to use social media? That may seem crazy, but that’s the idea of ’Twitter Blue’. For $3 a month, you get extra features not available to free users. Is it really worth it? Let’s find out.
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What do you get with Twitter Blue?
Twitter Blue includes a handful of features designed to “add enhanced and additional features” to the existing Twitter experience. Let’s go through them one by one.
Twitter has a feature called “Bookmarks” that allows you to save tweets. For free users, all your saved tweets are in one place and not searchable. Twitter Blue adds folders to bookmarks.
It works exactly as you would expect. You can easily create folders on the Bookmarks page, and when you save a tweet, you can choose which folder it goes in. Folders are color-coded and have custom names. There is also still an “All Bookmarks” folder to view them in one place.
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If you’ve used Twitter, you know how painful it is to send a tweet and then immediately notice a typo. The only way to fix this for free users is to delete the tweet and send a new one. Twitter Blue adds an “Undo” button.
After you send a tweet, you have a few seconds to tap the “Undo” button before it goes live. The timer is customizable and can be set up to 30 seconds. It’s essentially just a way to preview your tweet before sending it to your followers.
Unfortunately, this is only a middle ground for those who want to edit sent tweets. Once a tweet has been shared with your followers, you should delete the post and type flawlessly. The Undo button will not save a typo afterwards.
It is very common for Twitter users to create long “threads” when they have a lot to say. Reading these threads can be cumbersome, so Twitter Blue has a “Reader Mode” feature.
Reader mode removes much of Twitter’s user interface to make discussions read more like an article. Profile pictures, usernames, timestamps and live/retweet numbers are removed from the threaded tweets to make it look seamless.
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Twitter support and color themes
Twitter Blue subscribers get access to dedicated customer support. This means they should be able to resolve issues much faster than free users, but this doesn’t apply to reports of abuse or harassment.
The last benefit is color themes and custom icons. Much like how Twitter profiles on the web can be customized, blue subscribers get additional theming options. They can also change the color of the Twitter app icon on their iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
Does Twitter Blue let you edit your tweets?
This is one of the biggest questions when it comes to Twitter Blue. For years, people have been asking Twitter for the ability to edit tweets. As we mentioned above, Twitter Blue kind of has this in the form of the Undo button.
The Undo experience basically just mutes your tweet for a short time so you can catch an error before it gets sent. It’s certainly not what people have been asking for, but it should work most of the time. You just need to make sure you spot your mistakes quickly.
Sign up for Twitter Blue
You can sign up for Twitter Blue in the Twitter app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Tap the three-line hamburger menu icon in the top-left corner and look for “Twitter Blue” in the slide-out menu.
Twitter Blue Prices and availability
Twitter Blue costs $3 USD per month. That’s roughly equivalent to $3.49 in Canada and $4.49 in Australia. There is only one subscription option and no additional tiers. Twitter Blue launched in Canada and Australia on June 3, 2021. At the time of writing, Twitter has not shared a US release timeline
The free version of Twitter that people have been using for over a decade isn’t going anywhere. Twitter also didn’t take away any of the free features and suddenly put it behind a paywall. All Twitter Blue features are new.
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