From Twitter Blue checkmark to videos, a look at the new Twitter features Musk may introduce in 2023

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From Twitter Blue checkmark to videos, a look at the new Twitter features Musk may introduce in 2023
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Launched in 2006 as a micro-blogging platform, Twitter is now one of the most used and prominent social media platforms in the world with 329 million users, as of 2022. Known for enabling faster communication on social media, Twitter is a platform where diverse discussions on a plethora of topics are as common as debates between fandoms.
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To maintain and enhance the user experience, Twitter introduces a slew of updates like any other social media platform. Also, Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, has been proposing changes to the micro-blogging platform ever since he took over. Thus, it becomes necessary for users to know about upcoming features that the company is planning to bring in 2023.

Some of the new features are currently limited to only a few countries and/or selected users.

USD 8 for blue tick


On November 1, Elon Musk announced that Twitter will be charging users for the blue tick. Earlier, the blue checkmark was provided free of cost but only to accounts considered ‘active, notable, and authentic accounts of public interest’, independently verified by Twitter.

However, in a series of tweets, Musk said users will now have to pay USD 8 per month if they want to get their account verified with the blue tick. Musk also said those who will be paying for blue tick will get a few additional features like ‘priority in replies’ and ‘mention & search.’

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The option to pay for a blue tick was launched earlier this year but rescinded after a slew of fake accounts impersonating celebrities and brands paid for the blue checkmark and tweeted false information. As per reports, it has been relaunched for USD 8, but Apple users will need to pay USD 11.

Edit button


On September 1, Twitter announced that it has started testing the ‘edit button.’ This feature will allow users to alter the tweets within 30 minutes after they are published. Initially, the Edit button feature will be available to users of Twitter Blue in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Twitter Blue


Twitter Blue is a premium monthly subscription service that was started back in 2021 but is yet to be launched outside Canada, US, Australia, and New Zealand. With Twitter Blue, users get premium features such as new themes, a bookmark option, undo button and more.

New Video Carousel


In a blog post, Twitter announced that they will begin adding a new video carousel from which users can watch popular videos including movie teasers. To discover videos, a user has to swipe up and videos will open in the full-screen immersive video player.

Long-form text to tweets


Earlier, Twitter increased the character limit from 140 to 280 characters and now, on November 6, Elon Musk tweeted that ‘Twitter will soon add the ability to attach long-form text to tweets, ending (the) absurdity of notepad screenshots.’ This means Twitter will soon increase the character limit to 4000 - a fact Musk confirmed when responding to a Twitter user.

Twitter Payments


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According to The Verge, Elon Musk might turn Twitter into a bank in the future, “enabling people on Twitter to (be) able to send money anywhere in the world instantly and in real-time.” Users might also get a debit card attached to their Twitter balance for making payments while shopping. While Musk has proposed the idea, it's not yet clear if it will be made live in 2023 or not.

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