Twitter introduces an `undo tweet´ option – but you have to pay for it

Twitter is launching a new feature that will finally let users undo tweets – but they will have to PAY to do so

  • Twitter Blue is rolling out for heavy users who will pay for certain features
  • It’s rolling out first in Australia and Canada for $4.49 and $3.49 local currency
  • It’s unclear when Twitter Blue will come to the US

After popping up in a description in the app store last week, Twitter has finally launched its subscription service, giving heavy users the ability to edit tweets and more.  

Known as Twitter Blue, the new service will let heavy users of the social network activate an ‘undo’ feature enabling them to retract and make changes up to 30 seconds after hitting send.

It essentially creates a delay, allowing revisions before the tweet goes live to everyone.

The new feature will roll out to users in Australia and Canada initially and will priced at $4.49 Australian dollars and $3.49 Canadian dollars per month.

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Twitter said it would launch its Twitter Blue subscription offering, coming first to Australia and Canada

The company did not say when it would roll out the feature, which was first spotted in Apple’s iOS App Store last week, in the US.

A Twitter spokesman told the company has nothing to share on timing for the service in the US.  

In a blog post announcing the move, the San Francisco-based company said other new features, such as easier ways to bookmark folders, reader mode, customizable app icons and more would be part of the subscription.

Twitter announced its new subscription service, Twitter Blue, on Thursday, letting users undo tweets and making it easier with a new Reader Mode

Reader mode will allow users to read tweets easier, getting rid of the noise and making it easier to keep up on long threads

Bookmark folders will let heavy users organize saved tweets by categories to find them easier

Other perks include dedicated customer support. 

It marks a significant step in the tech giant’s pursuit of new revenue streams after largely depending on advertising thus far.

The firm has assured users that the move is not part of a plan to eventually start charging to use the entire platform, saying in a blog post that the existing free service ‘is not going away, and never will’.

‘This subscription offering is simply meant to add enhanced and complementary features to the already existing Twitter experience for those who want it,’ the company said.

Charging money for an exclusive subscription service will help Twitter regularly turn a profit – something it had consistently failed to do until early 2018.

Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has focused on tweaking the product to try to attract more people and increase advertising revenue. 

Dorsey doubled the number of characters allowed in each tweet in most languages, from 140 to 280, and tried to limit the harassment of women and minorities.

Twitter has also struck deals with media companies to allow them to live stream news and entertainment shows.

In April, Twitter unveiled a Tip Jar for profiles, which enables users to send money to others on the platform as a way to ‘receive and show support’ on the site.

The tool adds a new Tip Jar icon to a user’s profile and gives payment options to anyone who taps it, with services such as PayPal already signed up.

So far, content creators, journalists, experts and non-profit organizations have been among the first groups to be given access to the new tool.

How does Tip Jar work? 

A list of payment services or platforms (pictured) will appear, including Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo, which users to can choose from to send money

Everyone using Twitter in English can send tips to applicable accounts on Twitter for iOS and Android. 

Twitter is set to expand Tip Jar to feature more languages.  

To use the new in-app payment feature, users tap on a dollar bill icon located next to a person’s user name.

A list of payment services or platforms will appear, including Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Paypal, and Venmo, which users to can choose from to send money.

On Android, tips can also be sent within Spaces. 

For now, a limited group of people around the world who use Twitter in English can add Tip Jar to their profile and accept tips. This group includes creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits.  

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