A few weeks ago we started to hear rumors that Twitter might be working on a payment model for its subscribers. They have now confirmed what was an open secret: the implementation of subscriptions in the social network. For $4.99 per month, it will be possible to access exclusive content from certain users, which will be known as Super Follow.
According to the first screenshots during the presentation, in addition to restricted tweets, this content will include newsletters, badges recognizing their contribution, access to private groups and discounts on certain products.
The company has not given a date for this payment model. What they have clarified is that of the almost $5 per month, Twitter will take a commission and the rest will go to the creators of the content that users pay for. This business model will make them compete directly with other applications such as Patreon.
Along with Super Follow, they have also introduced another new feature called Communities. This would be interest-based groups like the ones on Facebook. In this case, users will be able to share content and interact with other community accounts.
Finally, they have unveiled Safety Mode, a safe mode in which users allow Twitter to automatically block and silence those accounts that may be violating the rules of the social network (insults, trolls, misinformation, etc.). Although detection is automatic, we can preview these accounts to make a decision on a case-by-case basis.