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
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.
Twitter hasn’t said how the economics will work — what cut of the money they’re going to take — but last month when they acquired paid-newsletter Substack rival Revue, they cut Revue’s take to just 5 percent. (Substack takes 10.)
★ Thursday, 25 February 2021