2021-04-13

Twitter Teases Upcoming Features: Paid ‘Super Follows’ and Community Groups

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Jacob Kastrenakes, reporting for The Verge:

The payment feature, called Super Follows, will allow Twitter
users to charge followers and give them access to extra content.
That could be bonus tweets, access to a community group,
subscription to a newsletter, or a badge indicating your support.
In a mockup screenshot, Twitter showed an example where a user
charges $4.99 per month to receive a series of perks. Twitter sees
it as a way to let creators and publishers get paid directly by
their fans.

Twitter also announced a new feature called Communities, which
appear to be its take on something like Facebook Groups. People
can create and join groups around specific interests — like cats
or plants, Twitter suggests — allowing them to see more tweets
focused on those topics. Groups have been a huge success for
Facebook (and a huge moderation problem, too), and they could be a
particularly helpful tool on Twitter, since the service’s
open-ended nature can make it difficult for new users to get
started on the platform.

Both these features sound great. Ben Thompson and I encouraged Twitter to do something like “Super Follows” a few weeks ago on Dithering. Almost certainly, though, all of this will only work in Twitter’s own client, not third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific.