Social Network Update
Twitter is shaking things up with its latest push for paid subscriptions. Starting April 15th, only paid subscribers' tweets will be promoted, and non-subscribers will not be allowed to vote in polls.
This move is in response to the growing problem of advanced AI bot swarms taking over the platform. According to Elon Musk, Twitter's revenue model based on advertising dollars is not sustainable, and the company needs to find new ways to monetize its platform.
What does this mean for Twitter users? If you're not a paid subscriber, you'll miss out on the benefits of appearing in the coveted "For You" tab, which will soon only recommend people who pay for the premium service. While appearing in the "For You" feed can help users build their number of followers, the inability to vote in polls may prompt some to sign up for the paid service.
Elon Musk is known for his frequent Twitter polls and recently made headlines for his decision to revoke free blue checkmarks. Musk believes that this move will create a fair standard for all users and promote equal treatment. From April onwards, users who previously received a free blue checkmark will have to pay a subscription fee to retain their verification status. Although some users have expressed concern about the new policy, Musk has defended it as a measure to ensure that no one receives preferential treatment, regardless of their status as a celebrity or high-profile user.
Twitter's latest changes are sure to cause controversy, but they represent a significant shift in the platform's revenue model. As Twitter continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how users respond and whether the move toward paid subscriptions pays off for the company.