It has become a meme for Twitter users to wonder how the website has remained free for so long. And while creating a Twitter account still costs nothing, getting the full Twitter experience isn’t so free anymore.
Twitter Blue is a premium membership service that can enhance your Twitter experience in a number of ways. It is especially useful for users who use Twitter to find great articles or follow the news. And after a long trial period in Australia and Canada, it’s now available to all users in the US and New Zealand.
Here are some of Twitter Blue’s most important features and a quick guide on how to sign up.
The features of Twitter Blue
Blue’s features make it easy to send and read tweets.
Have you ever sent a perfect tweet, only to realize there’s a typo in the very first word? Twitter Blue can help with this.
Each time you press “Send” on a tweet, you will have a few seconds to cancel the tweet and edit it before anyone can see it. The era of the race to hide your typos is over.
Find the articles that interest you and read them ad-free
For many people, Twitter is the go-to place to read the news. Twitter Blue’s “Top Articles” feature tracks the articles your followers have shared the most in the last day and moves them to the top of your timeline. It’s a great way to catch up on the latest news without scrolling through hundreds of tweets.
Additionally, iOS and desktop users can read articles from sites like The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and even Insider ad-free. And a portion of the money that Twitter earns from each Twitter Blue subscription will go to support these publishers.
Try new features with Twitter Blue Labs
Sites like Twitter generally don’t implement new changes without first testing them. You can take part in the testing process by going to the Blue’s Labs Twitter page.
On the Labs page, you’ll find new “experimental” features that Twitter is considering rolling out to everyone. Any Blue subscriber can enable the features for their account and start using them right away.
Features here will change regularly – as of this writing, you can try blocking direct messages at the top of your inbox and uploading videos up to 10 minutes long. And even though the features do show up on this page, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever be released publicly.
How to sign up for Twitter Blue
Twitter Blue costs $ 2.99 per month in the US and you can register from iPhone app, Android app or desktop website.
1. Open Twitter and log into your account if you haven’t already.
2. In smartphone apps, tap the your profile picture in the upper left corner; on the desktop site, click Other in the left sidebar.
3. Select Twitter Blue .
4. Click Subscribe for $ 2.99 per month and enter your payment information, or pay with your Apple ID or Google Play account.
Once the payment is successful, go back to Twitter. You will be connected to Twitter Blue.