Leaked: A 'hide checkmark' option for shy Twitter Blue users

Since Elon Musk rolled out the ability for any Twitter user to pay $8 to receive a verified badge, the blue checkmark that comes with a Twitter Blue subscription has become a mark of shame in the eyes of many.Twitter Blue subscribers have been trolled since the subscription plan’s launch, with memes like the popular “this mf paid for Twitter” used by the old legacy verified users and non-verified users alike.It’s gotten so bad for the Twitter users paying $8 per month that the company is looking into maybe allowing Blue subscribers to completely hide the badge. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) According to a screenshot leaked by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi, Twitter is apparently testing out the ability for users to “show or hide the blue checkmark” in the verification settings for Twitter Blue users.For some, the decision to roll out such an option might seem confusing. However, unlike much of what Twitter has done since Musk’s takeover, it actually makes a bit of sense. And even more so in the context of a recent announcement from the company.On Thursday, after Twitter announced that Twitter Blue was officially available for users located anywhere in the world, Musk followed up with another piece of news: Legacy verified users on Twitter – the celebrities, artists, and journalists who were deemed “notable” users and had their identification verified by the previous Twitter regime for free – would lose their verified account status starting April 1.  Tweet may…Leaked: A 'hide checkmark' option for shy Twitter Blue users

Half of Twitter Blue subscribers have less than 1,000 followers

If Elon Musk was expecting many verified Twitter users to pay to keep their checkmarks, the reality is bound to be disappointing, new data has revealed.On April 1, Twitter is set to strip away the legacy verification checkmarks from the platform in favor of the paid checkmarks associated with Twitter Blue subscriptions. Then starting April 15, the platform apparently will no longer promote non-paying Twitter Blue subscribers via its recommendation algorithm on the For You feed.One of Elon Musk’s biggest changes since taking over Twitter has been launching Twitter Blue, which gives any account a verification badge just for paying $8 per month (or $11 per month via mobile purchase). Twitter power users have often criticized Twitter Blue subscribers. After all, they say, who pays for a free website? Well, thanks to some new data, we now know a little more about the accounts that subscribe to Twitter Blue.Researcher Travis Brown, who has been tracking Twitter Blue subscriptions since January, recently revealed around half of all users subscribed to Twitter Blue have less than 1,000 followers. That’s approximately 220,132 paying subscribers.Furthermore, 78,059 paying Twitter Blue subscribers have less than 100 users following their account. That’s 17.6 percent of all Twitter Blue subscribers. Breaking down follower counts even further, there are 2,270 paying Twitter Blue subscribers who have zero followers.That’s a significant chunk of Twitter Blue subscribers being unable to crack even four-digits worth of followers, even though some have subscribed believing it would help boost the growth of their Twitter account….Half of Twitter Blue subscribers have less than 1,000 followers

Twitter's new API pricing is killing many Twitter apps that can't pay $42,000 per month

Twitter has officially announced its brand new API plans for developers. And looking over the details, it’s clear Elon Musk sees indie developers as acceptable losses in Twitter’s latest cash grab.Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, a slew of indie developers have already announced they’d have to shut down their Twitter-based apps due to the new pricing. After all, how many indie developers can afford $42,000 per month? Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) On Wednesday, the official Twitter Developer account shared details regarding pricing of its new API plan. The API basically provides third-party applications and developers with access to the social media platform’s data and features. The company also emailed details of the new AI plan to developers. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) According to Twitter, free access to the API ​will only allow developers to write 1,500 tweets per month. The new free tier of the API no longer includes the ability for developers to access tweets, only create them.To compare, Twitter’s old free plan, called “Elevated,” currently allows developers to access 2 million tweets per month.Twitter offers two plans at wildly different price pointsAs for the paid plan, there is one tier called Basic, which Twitter classifies as being for hobbyists or students. This plan costs $100 per month and only allows access to 10,000 tweets per month. One can also write 50,000 tweets per month with this plan. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab)…Twitter's new API pricing is killing many Twitter apps that can't pay $42,000 per month

Donald Trump is melting down on Truth Social over his indictment

The 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has officially been “INDICATED.”Well, at least that’s what he said in a rant on his social media platform, Truth Social. What Trump really means is that he’s been “indicted.” On Thursday, March 30, 2023 a New York grand jury voted to indict the former president. The charges have not been unsealed at this time. Trump has been under investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office for his alleged involvement in a “hush money payment scheme” involving adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaigns. Trump has been ranting about a potential indictment on Truth Social for weeks after rumors spread regarding an investigation into the alleged scheme and subsequent cover-up. So, when the news of the indictment came through, it was only a matter of time before the former president delivered with some more posts.”This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history,” Trump opened with his first Truth Social post of the evening, in an attached screenshot of his usual press release statements.Trump goes on to mention the opening of his first presidential campaign when he “came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower.” He attacks Manhattan DA Bragg and predicts that the “Witch-Hunt” will backfire on Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.He then followed up the press release with a more classic Donald Trump-esque social media post where he misspells the word “indicted.” Donald Trump rants about being “indicated” on…Donald Trump is melting down on Truth Social over his indictment

Twitter's algorithm specifically tracks how Elon Musk's tweets are doing

Twitter has just released – as promised by owner Elon Musk – the source code for its recommendation algorithm, and there’s already been a very interesting discovery in the code.After pouring through the code, multiple people found at least one really interesting portion of the code that shows Twitter is specifically tracking metrics for users broken up into four different groups:”power_user””republican””democrat”and”elon”That’s right, Twitter is specifically tracking how Musk’s tweets are performing, and it’s been coded right into Twitter’s algorithm. A screenshot of one of the relevant portions of the algorithm released by Twitter. Credit: Mashable Screenshot Following the release of the algorithm, a Twitter Spaces audio chat was set up by the company. Musk and a few of Twitter’s developers took questions from listeners. A couple individuals brought this particular part of the algorithm up during the conversation.”This is the first time I’m seeing this,” Musk said when asked about the code that tracked accounts in these four groups including one just for his tweets. “There’s a ton of stupid and embarrassing things being shown by making the code open source.”While Musk claims he did not know about the metric tracking portion of the algorithm, he has previously admitted that Twitter was reviewing his account’s analytics. He did so in a tweet last month in order to push back against reports that he called an emergency Twitter meeting to boost his tweets in the algorithm, after a Super Bowl tweet from President Joe Biden performed better than Musk’s own tweet…Twitter's algorithm specifically tracks how Elon Musk's tweets are doing

Twitter's biggest users say they won't be paying for Twitter Blue checkmarks

UPDATE: Apr. 1, 2023, 10:00 a.m. CDT This article has been updated to add more tweets of celebrities that have publicly stated they will not be paying for Twitter Blue. By the time you’re reading this, Twitter may or may not have already removed the blue checkmarks from its legacy verified users. Elon Musk announced last week that he planned on removing the verification badges from its 420,000 “notable” users on April 1.Following the legacy verified badge removal, the only way to get the little blue checkmark next to your Twitter name is by coughing up $8 per month (or $11 per month via mobile device) to Musk.However, many of the platform’s most famous users have already made their intentions clear: They’re not paying. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) “Welp guess my blue ✔️ will be gone soon cause if you know me I ain’t paying the 5. 🤷🏾‍♂️” tweeted NBA star LeBron James.William Shatner also tweeted that he was a no go for the move to Twitter Blue. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) “Hey @elonmusk what’s this about blue checks going away unless we pay Twitter?,” tweeted actor William Shatner. “I’ve been here for 15 years giving my ⏰ & witty thoughts all for bupkis. Now you’re telling me that I have to pay for something you gave me for free? What is this-the Colombia Records & Tape Club?🙄”And it’s not just professional athletes and Hollywood actors sharing this…Twitter's biggest users say they won't be paying for Twitter Blue checkmarks

Andrew Tate and brother out of jail and on house arrest

Controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are being moved to house arrest, following a ruling by a Romanian judge on Friday. The brothers had been detained in a Romanian jail for the last three months following their arrests on suspicion of human trafficking and organized crime. The two won their appeal to replace their detention with house arrest, the Associated Press reports.A spokesperson with Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, DIICOT told the AP that The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Tate’s appeal, which challenged a judge’s decision last week to extend his arrest a fourth time for 30 days. Tate’s lawyer contended that detaining them in pre-trial detention was excessively severe considering that alternative judicial measures like being placed under house arrest were possible. SEE ALSO: Who is Andrew Tate? And why is the controversial figure taking over TikTok? Following his release, Andrew Tate took to social media, posting a surreal video of the influencer pacing around his living room. He tweeted: “Since last year I’ve been in 24-hour lockdown. No yard time. Pacing a 3-metre cell with zero electronics or outside contact. Absolute clarity of mind. Real thoughts. Real plans. Vivid pain. One hour home and I can’t stand my phone. Some habits die hard. We must defeat Shaytan.” Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) His brother Tristan also tweeted following his release saying “4 months without putting on a pair of alligator shoes. The struggle was real.” Tweet…Andrew Tate and brother out of jail and on house arrest

Twitter cuts many app developers' API access, even those willing to pay $42,000 per month

When Twitter announced it would no longer provide free API access, some disappointed third-party developers said that they would have to deactivate fun bots they had made in their spare time.When Twitter rolled out the pricing for its paid API tiers last week, many indie developers announced they would have to shut down apps they had made for the platform. These distraught devs included those that had created services making hundreds to thousands of dollars a month, as the new API subscription tiers from Twitter would even priced them out.Now, the Elon Musk-owned company has seemingly cut off API access to even some of the largest Twitter-based apps – including some that wanted to pay the exorbitant new fees which start at $42,000 per month.On early Tuesday morning, a number of tech founders found that Twitter had suspended their apps from accessing the Twitter API. Twitter previously said last week that it would “deprecate current access” to the old free Twitter API day plans over the next 30 days. However, the move to suspend the API access today took many by surprise. Perhaps the most surprised, though, are the few developers who actually agreed to pay Twitter tens of thousands of dollars per month. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) “Tweet Hunter has been banned from Twitter,” tweeted the founder of the Twitter content-creating web app TweetHunter.io. “5,426 Twitter power users are affected. No warning, no email, nada. We have no idea why.”Enterprise plan applicants were cut…Twitter cuts many app developers' API access, even those willing to pay $42,000 per month

Substack launches a new Notes feature

Immediately after Elon Musk sat down at his throne made of doge and began slashing through everything we liked about Twitter, people began looking for alternatives. Is Mastodon where we go? Is everyone moving to Hive Social? Will we simply be forced to participate in Instagram Notes?That’s about the time Substack, a newsletter platform, launched its chat function, a space for Substack writers and creators to host Twitter-like conversations with their subscribers. It was — and still is — a space that feels a lot like AOL Instant Messenger or a group chat, and looks a lot like Reddit. It wasn’t exactly a social media substitute, though. In fact, when Chat launched, Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie told Mashable that he thinks “people are kind of fed up with it all in the public brawl of social media, and the idea of having a space where you can hang out with the people who actually want to be hanging out with you and talking about the things that you have a shared interest in … having that greater control. It’s just more fun.” Now, Substack is launching a new feature that actually is a lot like other social media feeds: Notes. Newsletter writers can already recommend publications through Substack’s Recommendations feature, but the Notes feature will “give them the power to recommend almost anything — including posts, quotes, comments, images, links, and ideas,” co-founders Chris Best, Hamish McKenzie, and Jairaj Sethi wrote in the announcement. The feature will be available to all…Substack launches a new Notes feature

Twitter failed to scare legacy verified accounts into paying for Twitter Blue

On April 1, Twitter owner Elon Musk was supposed to strip all legacy verified accounts of their blue checkmark badges. However, that didn’t happen. It’s unclear as to why Musk backtracked on this date. But, maybe this has something to do with it.Only 12,305 of roughly 420,000 legacy verified accounts have subscribed to a paid Twitter Blue plan as of Tuesday. That’s just above 3 percent of the celebrities, pro athletes, influencers, and media personalities who make up the platform’s power users.While Twitter Blue does provide some additional features such as being able to edit tweets and write longer posts, the major selling point promoted to users is the ability to simply get a checkmark next to your username by paying $8 per month (or $11 on mobile devices.) The latest Twitter Blue data comes from independent researcher Travis Brown, who has been tracking Twitter data since January. Brown’s data accounts for roughly 90 percent of all Twitter Blue subscribers. Previous internal Twitter Blue data leaks have matched with Brown’s estimates.If one adds government accounts with grey verified badges and business accounts which appear alongside a gold checkmark to the pool of legacy verified Twitter Blue subscribers, those numbers go up just slightly to around 15,000 users (or 3 and a half percent of these accounts in total).Again, this is after Elon Musk threatened to take away approximately 420,000 users’ verified blue checkmark badges. And this is also following Musk’s announcement that only Twitter Blue subscribers would be promoted in Twitter’s default…Twitter failed to scare legacy verified accounts into paying for Twitter Blue