Welcome to Elon Musk’s Twitter (now X), the place the foundations are made up and the test marks don’t matter.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO introduced his bid to purchase Twitter in April 2022, zealously pushed to rid the platform of spam bots and shield free speech; now, it’s the one-year anniversary since he made his dramatic entrance to the corporate in October 2022, and the platform has modified a lot that even its title is totally different.

“That is simply my sturdy, intuitive sense that having a public platform that’s maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extraordinarily necessary to the way forward for civilization,” Musk stated at a TED convention on the day he made his supply. “I don’t care in regards to the economics in any respect.”

Even for one of many richest males on the earth, $44 billion is some huge cash to cough as much as purchase a middling social platform. Regardless of his fervent declarations about increasing “the scope and scale of consciousness” by public discourse, the billionaire acquired chilly toes. A month later in Could, he tried to kill the deal, claiming that Twitter had extra bots than its public filings let on. After a very chaotic authorized discovery course of, which even included some embarrassing texts, Musk was pressured to seal the deal. By October, the platform was his.

Since Musk purchased Twitter and took the corporate personal, the information across the microblogging platform has been a whirlwind, rife with verification chaos, API entry shakeups, ban reversals, staggering layoffs, and most notably, rebranding to X.

Musk additionally transitioned from his position as Twitter/X CEO to serving as its government chair and CTO. It was introduced on Could 12 that Linda Yaccarino will step in as the following X CEO. Yaccarino left her position as chairman of World Promoting & Partnerships at NBCU.

As X enters yr two of Musk’s possession, right here’s a complete timeline of all the things that’s occurred since Elon let that sink in.

Right here’s an entire timeline of what’s taking place at X, beginning with the newest information:

March 2024

Elon Musk says certain free users will get access to X Premium features

In a publish on X, Musk stated that accounts with greater than 2,500 “verified subscriber followers” will get entry to Premium features for free. Accounts with greater than 5,000 of these followers will get entry to options from the Premium+ tier at no cost.

X is seemingly testing NSFW grownup communities

Based on app researchers, X is engaged on an addition to its Communities characteristic that will let customers create teams for grownup content material. As one of many few social networks that enables NSFW content material, the brand new characteristic may give creators a extra direct approach to attain their viewers.

Elon Musk says all X Premium subscribers will achieve entry to Grok chatbot

In a publish on X, Musk introduced that Grok will grow to be obtainable to all Premium subscribers. Beforehand, the AI chatbot was solely obtainable to subscribers of the higher-end tier Premium+ tier.

X usage has fallen by nearly a fifth since Elon Musk’s takeover, according to a new report

Based on a latest report from Sensor Tower, X usage in the U.S. was down 18% year-over-year as of February 2024, and down 23% since Musk’s acquisition. The report claims that the U.S. every day energetic consumer base has flatlined or declined each month since Musk’s takeover.

Don Lemon says Elon Musk has canceled his deal for a present on X

Former CNN anchor Don Lemon introduced that Elon Musk has canceled the deal for his upcoming discuss present on X. In an announcement, Lemon says the partnership was terminated hours after he interviewed Musk for the primary episode of the present. In response, Musk said the present’s “method was principally simply ‘CNN, however on social media.”

X to launch a video streaming app on Samsung and Amazon TVs

Persevering with on his promise to make X the “all the things app,” Elon Musk is planning to launch a YouTube-like streaming app for Samsung and Amazon good TVs. Musk stated the devoted app will permit customers to observe movies from X on bigger screens, just like the Samsung TV and Amazon’s Fireplace TV.

X now permits Premium+ customers and organizations to publish articles

X Premium+ subscribers and verified organizations can now publish longer posts on the platform. The Articles characteristic lets customers publish posts with textual content formatting, different X posts and embedded movies and pictures — just like a weblog publish or a Medium article. The change comes after X elevated the restrict for lengthy posts to 25,000 characters for paying customers.

X activates voice name characteristic that might impression your privateness

Elon Musk launched audio and video calling on X in one other bid to make it the “all the things” app. The brand new characteristic is switched on by default, leaks your IP tackle to anybody you discuss with, and will be extremely complicated to determine how one can restrict who can name you. Right here’s a step-by-step information on how one can flip it off.

Former Twitter executives sue Elon Musk, alleging owed severance funds

4 former Twitter executives, together with ex-CEO Parag Agrawal, sued Elon Musk, alleging that they’re owed over $128 million in severance funds. The lawsuit quotes Walter Isaacson’s biography of Musk, which quotes the X CEO as saying he would “hunt each single one” of Twitter’s C-suite “until the day they die.”

February 2024

X goes to courtroom in Elon Musk’s battle in opposition to the Heart for Countering Digital Hate

X Corp is in courtroom in opposition to the Heart for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) after accusing the extremism analysis group of “actively working to say false and deceptive claims about X” in a lawsuit final yr. The nonprofit, shaped in 2018, conducts analysis on social media platforms to trace hate speech, extremism and misinformation. A decide has hinted that the suit may be dismissed.

X says it’s withholding accounts and tweets in India to obey orders

X stated it’s withholding particular accounts and posts in India in response to government orders issued by the Indian authorities. The corporate stated it disagrees with the motion, however noncompliance would have subjected the agency to “potential penalties together with vital fines and imprisonment.

X will quickly let advertisers run advertisements subsequent to a ‘curated listing’ of creators

Advertisers will quickly have the ability to run advertisements subsequent to pick content material creators on X. The transfer will permit advertisers to make sure that their advertisements don’t run subsequent to controversial or offensive content material, following an exodus of quite a few manufacturers from X final yr after their advertisements appeared subsequent to pro-Nazi content material.

Sports activities betting is coming to X with BetMGM partnership

X has cast a take care of BetMGM, making it X’s unique Reside Odds Sports activities Betting companion and can introduce entry to the betting service on X. Initially, X customers within the U.S. will have the ability to discover the betting odds on professional soccer, with extra skilled and faculty sports activities to roll out over time.

X turns into No. 1 app on U.S. App Retailer following announcement of Tucker Carlson-Putin interview

After Tucker Carlson introduced he can be interviewing Russian president Vladimir Putin on X, downloads of the app despatched it to the highest of the U.S. App Retailer in a single day. Appfigures’ early estimates point out X gained 117,000 new downloads on Tuesday, up from 93,000 the day earlier than.

January 2024

X CEO Linda Yaccarino claims firm has 90M US customers, lower than 1% are teenagers

Through the Senate Judiciary Committee listening to targeted on children’ on-line security, Linda Yaccarino stated that lower than 1% of the app’s U.S. customers had been teenagers aged 13 by 17. Yaccarino additionally claimed that there have been 90 million X customers within the U.S. — a drop from its reported 95.4 million estimated customers as of January 2023.

X declares plans to rent 100 moderators in Austin

X introduced that it could workers a brand new “Belief and Security” heart in Austin, which is able to embody 100 full-time content material moderators. The transfer comes greater than a yr after Elon Musk acquired the corporate, which noticed him drastically decreasing headcount, together with belief and security groups, moderators, engineers and different workers.

Taylor Swift followers strike again after specific deepfakes flood X

Nonconsensual deepfake porn of Taylor Swift went viral on X, with one publish garnering greater than 45 million views earlier than it was eliminated. In response, Swifties organized a fandom-driven marketing campaign to bury the AI-generated content material searched underneath phrases “taylor swift ai” or “taylor swift deepfake.”

X removes assist for NFT profile footage

X quietly eliminated a characteristic for paid subscribers: the power to set an NFT as their profile image. The characteristic, which allowed Twitter Blue subscribers to set NFTs minted on Ethereum as customized hexagonal profile footage, was initially launched by earlier administration in January 2022. Those that had NFT profile footage nonetheless have hexagonal avatars, although it’s unclear if X will take away these as properly.

X guarantees peer-to-peer funds, AI advances in 2024

In a blog post, the corporate claims it will launch peer-to-peer funds this yr, to unlock “extra consumer utility and new alternatives for commerce.” X additionally stated that AI can be used to “more and more energy the X consumer and promoting expertise” in search, advertisements and a forthcoming “See Dissimilar Posts” characteristic.

Journalists critical of Elon Musk had their X accounts temporarily suspended

X temporarily suspended the accounts of multiple journalists, commentators and podcasters who’ve been important of Elon Musk, together with The Texas Observer’s Steven Monacelli, The Intercept’s Ken Klippenstein, MintPress Information’ Alan MacLeod and The TrueAnon podcast. The impacted accounts had been reinstated a couple of hours later.

X introduced again, then eliminated, then introduced again once more, headlines to hyperlink previews

X began exhibiting headlines on the backside of hyperlink preview playing cards once more utilizing a small font. A number of users reported that they may see titles on hyperlink playing cards on the net, with some titles being reduce off on account of character limits. The corporate seemingly pulled the brand new format hours later, nevertheless it’s now again.

X launches “Verified Organizations” feature for small businesses

X’s “Verified Organizations” program now has a $200 per month tier meant for small companies. The fundamental tier comes after X launched the $1,000 per 30 days providing for companies on the platform.

Constancy marks down X’s valuation by 71.5%

Mutual fund firm Constancy marked down its funding in X holdings by 71.5% from the unique valuation of shares. Constancy spent $19.2 million to amass a stake in X again in October 2022 and made a valuation reduce of 65% a yr later.

December 2023

Musk says X is bringing video to Areas quickly

X can be bringing video to Areas in an try to get customers to additional interact with their viewers with out having to go to a third-party platform. Musk stated X plans to launch the characteristic by the top of the yr, however “actually by early subsequent yr.”

Musk brings Alex Jones and Infowars again on X after consumer ballot

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his media web site Infowars are again on X after they had been “completely banned” from Twitter by the earlier administration in 2018. 

Musk ran a ballot asking whether or not it was applicable to convey Jones again to the platform. Almost 2 million folks voted, with about 70% saying Jones’ account must be restored.

xAI’s chatbot ‘Grok’ launches to X Premium+ subscribers

‘Grok,’ xAI’s “rebellious” AI chatbot, has rolled out to all U.S. X Premium+ subscribers. Musk cautioned that the beta would face many points, although it could be steadily improved. He additionally stated that every one English language customers who subscribe to Premium+ would achieve entry to Grok in “a few week or so.”

X is now licensed for cost processing in a dozen U.S states

Musk is transferring ahead together with his plans to morph X right into a funds platform. The corporate in late November was granted three extra cash transmitter licenses in South Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming, bringing the whole variety of states the place the corporate is allowed to interact in cash transfers to 12.

X says it can chase SMB advert {dollars} after shedding main advertisers

A brand new report by the Monetary Instances says X will flip to small and medium-sized advertisers to shore up income. This comes after Elon Musk alienated large manufacturers fleeing the platform over his endorsement of an antisemitic publish.

November 2023

X sues Media Issues for defamation

X filed a lawsuit alleging defamation by Media Issues over claims that main firms like IBM, Apple and Oracle had advertisements seem subsequent to antisemitic content material. 

“The cut up second courtroom opens on Monday, X Corp can be submitting a thermonuclear lawsuit in opposition to Media Issues and all those that colluded on this fraudulent assault on our firm,” Musk stated.

Musk says X will convey headlines again to hyperlink previews

X will reportedly begin exhibiting headlines in preview playing cards with URLs on the platform after eradicating them in October. Musk said an replace will overlay the headline within the higher portion of the picture of a URL card. He didn’t point out any particular timeline for rollout for the replace.

Main X advertisers pause spending after Musk endorsed an antisemitic publish

After Musk amplified antisemitic conspiracy theories on X, quite a few high-profile advertisers paused their spending on the platform. They embody: Apple, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, IBM, Paramount World, Lionsgate, European Fee, Walmart and as of the time of this replace’s publication, For Millionaires.

X additionally misplaced a high-profile model marketing campaign with Paris Hilton’s 11:11 Media, which might have seen Hilton selling key X options like reside video, reside e-commerce, X Areas and extra over a two-year interval.

On the DealBook convention, Musk advised advertisers who lately paused their advert spending on X to “go fuck your self.”  X CEO Linda Yaccarino later publicly backed Musk and his remarks.

X introduces job search tool

In pursuit of changing into the “all the things app,” X is making an attempt to compete within the hiring house. X unveiled its new job search characteristic, the place Verified Organizations can publish job listings that customers can then search by by key phrase and placement. X plans for extra updates sooner or later, together with extra subtle filtering instruments, a job suggestions characteristic and the power to bookmark roles.

Advertisements watchdog information FTC grievance in opposition to X over unlabeled advertisements

X was caught operating unlabeled advertisements in September. Now the problem is within the fingers of the FTC. Impartial non-profit Verify My Advertisements filed a proper grievance with the FTC urging an investigation over the promoting practices at X, together with the dearth of disclosure about which posts are advertisements.

X adjustments algorithm to focus on smaller accounts

X’s For You feed sometimes surfaces fashionable and trending posts from its broader community alongside highlights from these you observe. The brand new algorithm replace as an alternative surfaces posts from smaller accounts, in accordance with an X publish by Elon Musk.

X runs ‘timeline takeover’ advert selling anti-trans movie

As a part of a timeline takeover, conservative media nonprofit PragerU promoted the hashtag “#DETRANS” to promote an anti-trans movie. In a press launch, PragerU noted that it selected X particularly for its advert marketing campaign “because it is among the least censored social media platforms” after being bought by Elon Musk.

October 2023

X shuts down its Circles characteristic

On October 31, X shut down Circles, the much-beloved characteristic that allowed customers to publish to a small, unique viewers just like Instagram’s Shut Buddies. It stays unclear why Circles was sunsetted a bit greater than a yr after its August 2022 launch.

X checks charging $1 per yr in choose markets

“This new check was developed to bolster our already profitable efforts to scale back spam, manipulation of our platform, and bot exercise whereas balancing platform accessibility with the small charge quantity. It isn’t a revenue driver,” the corporate stated.

The corporate plans to make use of cost, telephone and ID verification to cease bots.

A brand new report claims X site visitors and month-to-month energetic customers are down

Based on data from market intelligence firm Similarweb, X’s international web site site visitors was down 14% YoY in September. U.S. site visitors was down by 19%. Efficiency had additionally declined 17.8% YoY on cell units within the U.S., based mostly on month-to-month energetic customers on iOS and Android.

X now requires customers to reply a query earlier than becoming a member of personal Communities 

Admins of personal Communities on X can now require customers to reply a query after they request to affix, together with agreeing to the group’s guidelines. The brand new characteristic may assist admins and moderators determine who ought to have the ability to be part of and supply some safety in opposition to spammers and bots.

X updates Group Notes

A sequence of updates had been made to Group Notes after the fact-checking system took multiple days to correct misinformation associated to the Israel-Hamas battle. The changes embody:

  • X CEO Linda Yaccarino promised Group Notes would “seem extra shortly on X”
  • Word previews at the moment are supported on each Android and the online, with assist “coming quickly” to iOS
  • Improved media matching
  • Notifications will ship to customers who Preferred, Reposted or Replied to a publish that later acquired a word

X adjustments its “Public curiosity expectations”

X/Twitter eliminated the requirement of getting at the least 100,000 followers for posts to be newsworthy. Previous to the coverage change, solely verified accounts can be thought of for newsworthy posts. Nevertheless, now that X permits folks to get verified by paying for a subscription, the brand new model of the coverage says posts solely by “a high-profile account” counts as newsworthy posts.

Nevertheless, the up to date web page doesn’t give particulars on what sort of accounts are thought of “high-profile.”

X can now restrict replies to verified customers

The brand new management just isn’t restricted to paid/premium accounts. Customers who don’t pay for X Premium can even select to not let non-verified customers reply to their posts.

The characteristic initially restricted replies to both “Accounts you observe” or “Solely accounts you point out” in 2020, however customers may solely select this setting earlier than posting a tweet. In 2021, they up to date the characteristic to permit customers to regulate replies after a tweet was revealed.

X to check its three premium tiers

X CEO Linda Yaccarino mentioned the plan in a briefing to X debt holders on October fifth.

It’s not clear when the three-tier subscription plan would go reside, but references found in the X app’s code by @aaronp613 reference a “Premium Primary,” “Premium Normal” and “Premium Plus” plan, which have full advertisements, half the advertisements or no advertisements, respectively.

X is slicing headlines from hyperlink previews

Now you’ll solely have the ability to see a picture with the area title of the hyperlink on the underside left, which is simple to overlook. The change is a part of Musk’s efforts to get customers to publish “long-form content material” instantly on the platform relatively than encouraging customers to click on out of the platform with hyperlink playing cards.

X Corp. faces a trademark lawsuit

Trademark lawyer Josh Gerben and his agency are representing what appears to be the primary consumer to sue X over its trademark — a Florida-based social media advert company, X Social Media.

The grievance, which was filed within the U.S. District Courtroom for the Center District of Florida, states that X Social Media, LLC “has constantly used the X Social Media Mark in commerce since at the least early 2016,” and has considerably invested in market consciousness, which included growing a particular “X” mark that’s related to its social media promoting providers.

September 2023

X is shutting down its circle characteristic

“X is deprecating Circles as of Oct thirty first, 2023. After this date, you won’t be able to create new posts which are restricted to your Circle, nor will you have the ability to add folks to your Circle. You’ll, nevertheless, have the ability to take away folks out of your Circle, by unfollowing them as described beneath,” X stated on its support page.

Audio and video calls can be obtainable to premium subscribers

New code within the X app reveals that each audio and video calls can be supported. Nevertheless, the characteristic will solely be obtainable to these with an X Premium membership, it seems. The brand new findings had been uncovered by tech veteran-turned-investor Chris Messina contained in the X app’s code.

X might not be a free web site

In a live-streamed conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, X Proprietor Elon Musk stated the corporate was “transferring to a small month-to-month cost” for the usage of the platform. He prompt that such a change can be essential to take care of the issue of bots.

Musk didn’t verify what the brand new subscription cost would value, however described it as a “small amount of cash.”

X launches account verification

X has launched authorities ID-based account verification through a partnership with Israel-based Au10tix for paid customers to forestall impersonation and provides them advantages reminiscent of “prioritized assist.” The pop-up for ID verification signifies that the Au10tix may retailer this knowledge for as much as 30 days.

X caught operating unlabeled advertisements in customers’ Following feeds

Whereas scrolling the Following feed on a Mac utilizing the Chrome internet browser, For Millionaires encountered a handful of unlabeled advertisements amid different posts from folks we observe, in addition to different advertisements that did correctly show the “Advert” label on the high proper of the publish.

As a result of a lot of X’s advertisements are nonetheless labeled, this makes the unlabeled ones even more durable to identify.

It’s unclear if the problem is a glitch with X’s promoting platform or a deliberate change.

X bans scraping and crawling

The new terms, that are efficient from September 29, ban any form of scraping or crawling with out “prior written consent.”

NOTE: crawling or scraping the Providers in any kind, for any function with out our prior written consent is expressly prohibited.

The earlier model of the phrases allowed crawling in accordance with robots.txt.

Group Notes is now obtainable for movies on X

Group Notes is an present program for crowdsourced moderation. X introduced that notes by contributors hooked up to a video will present up in all posts with that video.

August 2023

X will start gathering consumer’s biometric knowledge together with training and job historical past on September 29

“Based mostly in your consent, we might accumulate and use your biometric info for security, safety, and identification functions,” the updated policy reads. X hasn’t specified what it means by biometric info, however it’s often used to explain an individual’s bodily traits, reminiscent of their face or fingerprints. X additionally hasn’t supplied particulars on the way it plans to gather it.

X permits paid customers to cover their likes

Paid customers on X now have a setting underneath profile customization that lets them disguise the Likes tab. The transfer comes after rival social networks Threads and Bluesky rolled out the power for customers to see their very own likes.

X confirms it’s lifting the ban on political advertisements

X confirmed it’s lifting its ban on paid political advertisements — a transfer it dedicated to earlier this yr, shortly after Elon Musk took over the social community beforehand often known as Twitter. The corporate had initially banned these advertisements in 2019 underneath then-CEO Jack Dorsey’s administration.

X lures advertisers with a $250 advert credit score

The corporate announced it could supply a one-time advert credit score of $250 to pick companies after they spend $1,000 or extra on new advert campaigns over the following 30 days.

X makes adjustments to retire a number of the legacy API endpoints

The corporate stated in a post that it’s discontinuing a number of the endpoints whereas migrating others to the brand new v2 API. X additionally stated that it’s retiring the legacy Important and Elevated tiers, and prospects utilizing them might want to transfer to any of the brand new tiers.

X plans to cover headlines from information hyperlinks

Musk confirmed the transfer to roll out a brand new approach to show information hyperlinks with none headline or description in a publish, saying the transfer was coming “instantly” from him. The change would “enormously enhance the aesthetics,” he stated.

As of proper now, a Twitter card for a information article exhibits the headline and abstract textual content together with the header picture within the preview card of a publish. If the proposed change comes by, X will solely present the picture with a hyperlink in a publish. Meaning if a publication or a weblog doesn’t publish any accompanying textual content with the hyperlink, customers will solely see the hyperlink and the picture for that article.

Elon Musk says the ‘block’ characteristic goes away

“Block goes to be deleted as a ‘characteristic’, apart from DMs,” Elon Musk wrote on X. “Is not sensible.” The publish was a response to a Tesla fan account who requested whether or not there was any motive to make use of block as an alternative of mute.

X now types posts by like counts 

Posts, previously known as tweets, nonetheless seem in chronological order on profiles once you’re logged into the social community, however when you sign off, they’re sorted by efficiency.

Our checks present that even when you have a pinned publish, it gained’t seem on the high of your profile feed when logged out, which defeats the purpose of a pinned publish.

X rolls out a brand new ‘Highlights’ tab for paid customers

X started rolling out the brand new ‘Highlights’ tab to some subscribers in mid August. However according to the updated support page, the corporate is now making the characteristic obtainable to all paid customers.

X makes X Professional a subscriber-only

Beforehand often known as TweetDeck, X Professional is now a subscriber-only product. The transfer isn’t totally stunning, as on July 3, the corporate stated that inside 30 days TweetDeck can be accessible to solely verified customers. Nevertheless, the social community was delayed in implementing the brand new rule by a couple of days.

X lowers necessities for its creator payout program

The corporate stated that creators who’ve garnered 5 million impressions within the final three months can be eligible for advert income sharing. That requirement was beforehand set to fifteen million impressions.

Creators will have the ability to withdraw as little as $10 as an alternative of $50, X stated. Customers nonetheless should be verified and should have at the least 500 followers to qualify for payouts.

X CEO claims the corporate previously often known as Twitter is sort of breaking even

“I’ve been on the firm eight weeks,” Yaccarino stated in her first broadcast interview since taking up her new position. “The operational run fee proper now… we’re fairly shut to interrupt even.”

“Our knowledge licensing and API with X is an unbelievable enterprise. Our new subscription enterprise [is] rising,” Yaccarino stated. “After which, a part of my, what I’d say, experience and expertise, and what I got here to do, was to drive promoting on the firm.”

Video calls are coming to X

CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed in her first TV interview that video calls can be a brand new characteristic coming to the service, as a part of its transformation into an “all the things app.”

X expands its partnership with Integral Advert Science

The partnership started in January to inform advertisers if their advert is positioned round inappropriate content material. Now, X is testing sensitivity settings, powered by machine studying, that allow advertisers select their thresholds for the sorts of content material they need their advertisements to seem round — and in accordance with a tweet from X proprietor Elon Musk, advertisers can purchase these much less fascinating, “relaxed” sensitivity advert slots for much less.

Manufacturers can scale back adjacency to gore, extreme profanity and obscenity, focused hate speech, sexual content material, medication and spam. Quickly, X will add its “relaxed” setting, which affords cheaper promoting alternatives whereas solely filtering for focused hate speech and specific sexual content material.

X takes over @music deal with, hinting at future music plans

The @music account was initially operated for 16 years by software program developer Jeremy Vaught, who grew the @music deal with to roughly half one million followers. Vaught posted in anger that X had commandeered the account for itself.

“Tremendous pissed,” Vaught wrote on X, sharing a screenshot of the e-mail X had despatched him informing him of the change.

X streamlines Group Notes

The characteristic traditionally supplied info to customers about why they had been seeing a truth test appended to a tweet. After three years of improvement, the corporate says this additional context will now be eliminated for individuals who are already skilled with Group Notes.

TweetDeck is renamed to XPro

The corporate has adopted the @Professional deal with as an alternative of @TweetDeck for the device. Nevertheless, many components of the device, together with the assistance web page, nonetheless have “Twitter” and “TweetDeck” mentions. Musk hinted at the change a week prior, including that XPro will include a “big selection of psy op plugins.” There are not any particulars about what sort of plug-ins these is perhaps.

X now permits paid customers to cover their checkmarks

Paid verification was launched final yr with the Twitter Blue relaunch. The service was lately renamed to XBlue through the Twitter rebrand to X.

The concept is to assist customers profit from subscription options with out exhibiting that they’re a verified account. The choice to cover the checkmark will present up within the “Profile customization” part of account settings.

The corporate has up to date the help page for paid subscriptions, saying that even in case you disguise the checkmark it is perhaps seen in some locations. The corporate didn’t give any additional particulars about these placeholders.

July 2023

Wish to change again to the outdated Twitter app icon on iOS? Right here’s how:

  • In your iPhone, navigate to the Shortcuts app. In case you have a more moderen iPhone, this must be pre-installed, but when not, you could find it within the App Retailer. In case your iPhone is operating on iOS 12.0 or increased, you’re good to go.
  • From the principle Shortcuts display screen on the Shortcuts app, you’re going to faucet “All Shortcuts.”
  • Hit the blue plus signal within the top-right nook of your display screen to arrange a brand new Shortcut.
  • It’s best to see a prompt motion of “Open App” to construct your new shortcut. Faucet that.
  • Now, you’ll be prompted to arrange a brand new “Open App” shortcut. Subsequent to the place it says “Open,” click on on “App” to seek for the X app. Choose that.
  • When you’ve chosen the “X” app, faucet the share icon on the navigation bar on the backside of your display screen. This can convey up one other menu, the place you’ll be able to choose “Add to House Display.”
  • Go forward and sort in Twitter as an alternative of “Open App.” Then, faucet the small Shortcut icon subsequent to the place you typed in Twitter.
  • Right here, you’ll be able to add a picture of the Twitter emblem. Nevertheless, you in all probability don’t have that already saved to your telephone. Simply Google “Twitter icon.” We used this one.

Apple accepts Twitter app’s rebrand to X within the app retailer

Apple sometimes doesn’t permit builders to call their apps as a single character, however they appeared to have made an exception.

X additionally modified its App Retailer tagline from “Let’s discuss.” to “Blaze Your Glory!!” Musk himself posted a tweet with this tagline with none context.

X opens up its advert income sharing program globally

The corporate announced its “Advertisements Income Sharing” program is now obtainable for eligible creators globally. This system, in accordance with posts by X proprietor Elon Musk, goals to provide out $5 million within the first spherical of creator funds.

Twitter is now X

The enduring hen emblem is formally changed with ‘X’ after Elon Musk introduced the change the weekend of July 22. Notably, Musk x.com now additionally redirects to twitter.com. Musk additionally known as this an “interim” emblem, so we’d see one other emblem change sooner or later.

The app additionally modified its official deal with to @x as a part of the continued rebranding. The unique @Twitter deal with is now inactive, and its bio reads, “This account is not energetic. Comply with @x for updates.” Nevertheless, the unique proprietor of the @x deal with, Gene X Hwang of the company pictures and videography studio Orange Photography, confirmed to For Millionaires that the corporate took over his account with out warning or monetary compensation, telling him the deal with is property of X.

Twitter preps a job itemizing characteristic 

Twitter hasn’t formally introduced the job postings characteristic but, though some verified organizations have already been capable of publish job listings underneath their bios. The job listings take candidates on to the corporate’s web site, the place they’ll study extra in regards to the place and submit an utility.

Twitter Notes is again…kinda

Twitter Notes, the characteristic that enables Twitter customers to publish long-form content material, seems to be again on monitor, in accordance with a post from Twitter proprietor Elon Musk on Tuesday. Musk confirmed the corporate’s plans in response to a consumer’s tweet which claimed the Twitter Notes venture had lately been rebranded as “Articles.”

On Tuesday, July 18, consumer @FaustoChou tweeted that Notes had been renamed to Articles, signaling maybe renewed improvement efforts on Twitter’s half. His screenshot confirmed the Notes interface, trying very similar to it did earlier than, in addition to different unlaunched options, like Twitter Cash. Musk replied to the tweet, confirming Twitter’s plans.

Twitter shares advert income with verified creators

Twitter will now pay creators for a share of the advert income earned from advertisements served within the replies to their posts. Twitter Blue subscribers who’ve earned greater than 5 million tweet impressions every month for the final 3 months are eligible to affix the creator payouts.

Based on Elon Musk, the primary spherical of creator payouts will whole $5 million, and can be cumulative from the month of February onward. These payouts can be delivered through Stripe.

Regardless of this system’s vital payouts, some creators weren’t joyful — and took their complaints to Twitter proprietor Elon Musk. In a sequence of tweets, Musk addressed creators’ considerations over issues just like the varieties of accounts that had been eligible for monetization, fee limits and different points.

With the announcement of recent DM settings, Twitter admits to having a Verified spammer concern

Starting “as soon as” July 14, Twitter will introduce a brand new messages setting aimed toward decreasing spam in DMs by transferring messages from Verified customers you don’t observe again to your “Message Request” inbox as an alternative of your foremost inbox. Solely messages from folks you observe will arrive in your main inbox going ahead. Notably, these adjustments may also now apply to everybody who has their inboxes open to permit messages from anybody.

Earlier than changing into pay-to-play, Twitter verification indicated an individual was a public or notable determine of some type — like a politician, celeb, athlete, journalist or different well-known particular person. By making the Verified blue checkmark accessible to anybody who bought it, Twitter diluted the worth of verification.

That apparently escalated to the purpose that folks have grow to be bothered by Verified customers spamming their foremost inbox, after they had set it open to obtain DMs from the blue-badged crowd. In different phrases, Twitter has a Verified consumer spam drawback.

Twitter blocks hyperlinks to Threads

Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino is pushing again at experiences that Twitter site visitors is tanking on account of the July 5 launch of a brand new competitor, Instagram Threads. Nevertheless, on Monday, July 10, customers reported that Twitter appears to be selectively blocking hyperlinks to Threads.internet’s web site in Twitter searches, making it tougher for anybody to floor conversations on Threads or find customers’ profiles.

Twitter threatens to sue Meta over its new Threads app

Lower than 24 hours after Threads launched, the Elon Musk-owned firm accused Meta of poaching former Twitter workers to create the brand new platform.

“Twitter intends to strictly implement its mental property rights, and calls for that Meta take quick steps to cease utilizing any Twitter commerce secrets and techniques or different extremely confidential info,” Spiro wrote within the letter, which Semafor shared on-line. “Twitter reserves all rights, together with, however not restricted to, the appropriate to hunt each civil treatments and injunctive aid with out additional discover to forestall any additional retention, disclosure, or use of its mental property by Meta.”

June 2023

Solely verified customers will have the ability to entry TweetDeck after 30 days from now

After swaths of customers had been unable to entry components of TweetDeck over the previous few days, Twitter began rolling out a brand new model of the online app to customers July 3. The corporate additionally added that in 30 days, customers should be verified to entry TweetDeck. This implies solely Twitter Blue subscribers, verified organizations and a few of us who’ve been gifted verification by Twitter will have the ability to use TweetDeck come August.

Twitter limits the variety of tweets customers can learn in a day

Twitter is placing limits to what number of tweets its customers can learn because the social media platform suffers prolonged outage that has stymied customers’ means to trace new posts.

Verified account holders can peruse a most of 6,000 posts every day, whereas unverified customers should take care of a drastically diminished restrict of 600 posts. Newly registered, unverified customers face even tighter restrictions with an allowance of a mere 300 posts per day, in accordance with Elon Musk. (He has since elevated the restrict to 10,000, 1,000 and 500, respectively.)

These learn limits impacted TweetDeck customers specifically, reporting main issues together with notifications and full columns failing to load.

Twitter requires an account to view tweets

In case you’re not logged into your Twitter account, or don’t have one, and attempt to view a tweet, you’ll be offered with a sign-in display screen. Nevertheless, days later, Twitter silently eliminated the login requirement for viewing tweets.

When Twitter began imposing the login requirement, Musk stated that he took these “momentary” measures to forestall knowledge scraping.

The corporate hasn’t made any official announcement about permitting customers to view hyperlinks once you aren’t logged in or given any particulars on what measures it has taken to cease scraping.

Subscribers can now publish 25,000-character-long tweets

The corporate made the change to its Twitter Blue web page at present, indicating the restrict. An engineer at Twitter, Prachi Poddar, additionally introduced the change by posting a long tweet.

Twitter faces a $250 million lawsuit filed by main music publishers

The Nationwide Music Publishers’ Affiliation (NMPA), representing 17 publishers, listed 1,700 songs for which it despatched a number of copyright violation notices to Twitter. The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Courtroom in Nashville, says that Twitter didn’t take any motion in opposition to these notices. The publishers’ group stated within the submitting that it’s in search of fines of as much as $150,000 for every violation.

The lawsuit alleged that the social community “fuels its enterprise with numerous infringing copies of musical ‘compositions, violating Publishers’ and others’ unique rights underneath copyright regulation.” It added that, in contrast to its rivals TikTok and Instagram, Twitter hasn’t struck a music licensing deal for the usage of copyrighted music.

Twitter is being evicted from its Boulder workplace

Courtroom paperwork present that Twitter owes three months’ lease to its Boulder landlord, and a decide has signed off on evicting the tech big from that workplace.

In Could the owner took it to courtroom, and on Could 31 the decide issued an order that the sheriff ought to help within the eviction of Twitter throughout the subsequent 49 days — i.e. earlier than the top of July. The case quantity is 2023CV30342 in Boulder District Courtroom.

As many as 300 workers as soon as labored in Twitter’s Boulder places of work, however between layoffs, different firings, and resignations, it’s in all probability lower than half of that now.

Window to edit tweets is elevated to at least one hour for Blue subscribers

The time restrict to edit tweets has elevated from half-hour to at least one hour for Blue subscribers, giving customers a much bigger window to alter their tweets and proper any typos.

Linda Yaccarino is formally Twitter CEO

Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino formally began her new gig on Monday, June 5, in accordance with a tweet.

Belief and security lead resigns

Ella Irwin took over for Yoel Roth, who famously left the corporate through the early days of Elon Musk’s chaotic Twitter takeover.

Could 2023

Twitter launched Group Notes for photos in posts

The newest characteristic is an effort to place extra onus on crowdsourced moderation by permitting customers to deal with situations of morphed photos or AI-generated photos throughout the platform the place the images are posted. The launches comes days after a faux AI-generated picture about an assault on the Pentagon unfold shortly as distinguished accounts retweeted it.

Twitter’s new API tier prices $5,000 per 30 days

Twitter API Professional for startups offers builders the power to fetch 1 million tweets per 30 days and publish 300,000 tweets per 30 days, and provides them entry to the total archive search endpoint.

Twitter Blue customers can now add two-hour movies

Twitter made adjustments to its paid plan, permitting subscribers to add two-hour movies — increasing the earlier 60-minute restrict.

The corporate additionally modified its Twitter Blue page and stated the video file measurement restrict for paid customers is now elevated from 2GB to 8GB. Whereas earlier longer video add was solely attainable from the online, now it’s additionally attainable by the iOS app. Regardless of these adjustments, the utmost high quality for add nonetheless stays 1080p.

The rumors are confirmed: NBCU’s chief Linda Yaccarino as the following CEO of Twitter

Musk confirmed Yaccarino’s new position in a tweet this morning (Could 12), a day after he introduced that he had accomplished his seek for a brand new CEO.

Elon Musk tweets that he has discovered a brand new CEO 

“Excited to announce that I’ve a brand new CEO for X/Twitter,” Musk wrote in a tweet on Could 11. “She can be beginning in ~6 weeks! My position will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software program & sysops.”

Twitter launched its first model of encrypted DMs

Presently, this characteristic is simply obtainable to verified Blue customers or accounts related to verified organizations. Moreover, the encryption characteristic isn’t appropriate with group messages and Twitter doesn’t supply safety in opposition to man-in-the-middle assaults.

Twitter now permits you to react to DMs with emojis

Twitter has launched a brand new characteristic that lets customers select nearly any emoji to react to a DM in a dialog. Beforehand, the corporate allowed you to react to solely the newest DM with solely a choose set of emojis. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the brand new characteristic is rolling out with the most recent app replace.

Twitter is purging outdated accounts and liberating up desired usernames, in accordance with Elon Musk 

Based on latest tweets by proprietor Elon Musk, Twitter is purging inactive accounts which have had “no exercise in any respect for a number of years.”

Twitter is considering a less expensive verification plan for organizations

Twitter is considering an organizational verification plan that doesn’t value $1,000 a month. Over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, Elon Musk tweeted that the corporate is engaged on a less expensive plan for small companies, however didn’t give any particulars about the price.

Twitter confirmed Circle tweets had been quickly not personal 

Twitter confirmed a safety error that made Circle tweets floor publicly. For Millionaires reported the glitch in early April, however the platform confirmed the problem Could 5 in an electronic mail despatched to Twitter Circle customers.

“In April 2023, a safety incident might have allowed customers outdoors of your Twitter Circle to see tweets that ought to have in any other case been restricted to the Circle to which you had been posting,” the e-mail stated. Twitter claims that the bug has now been mounted, and that the crew is aware of what prompted it.

Twitter makes its API free for public announcement accounts 

Twitter introduced on Could 2 that it’s making its API free for verified authorities or public-owned providers posting about public utility alerts reminiscent of climate alerts, transportation info and emergency warnings. This comes a month after the corporate introduced its new API pricing tiers.

A bug on Twitter causes legacy blue checks to reappear by updating your bio

It doesn’t appear to matter what textual content you’re including to your bio — For Millionaires reporter Amanda Silberling added a couple of areas, then acquired her test again for a second. It even confirmed up with the outdated textual content that designates that she is “notable in authorities, information, leisure, or one other designated class,” and he or she didn’t, actually, pay for this. However when you refresh the web page it disappears. In truth, it’s unclear whether or not anybody else may even see your test briefly reappear.

April 2023

EU warns Twitter over disinformation

Twitter was confirmed April 25 as certainly one of 19 main tech platforms topic to centralized oversight by the European Union’s government beginning this fall, when so-called very giant on-line platforms (VLOPs) are anticipated to be compliant with the Digital Providers Act (DSA). However the Fee has not wasted any time warning the Elon Musk-owned social community that issues aren’t trying good for staying on the appropriate aspect of the incoming regulation.

In a pair of tweets, Vera Jourova, the EU’s values and transparency VP, warned of “yet one more destructive signal” by Twitter — accusing the platform underneath Musk of “not making digital info house any safer and free from the Kremlin #disinformation & malicious affect”.

Twitter now exhibits labels on tweets with diminished visibility

Twitter stated that labels can be proven to each authors and viewers. Normally, these tweets will present textual content reminiscent of “Visibility restricted: this Tweet might violate Twitter’s guidelines in opposition to Hateful Conduct.”

The app’s enforcement policy says that tweets with such labels is not going to present up in search outcomes, suggestions or timelines — these tweets can be hidden in each the “For You” and “Following timelines. Moreover, there can be no advertisements positioned adjoining to posts with diminished visibility.

Twitter restored Blue verification mark for high accounts, even when they didn’t pay for Twitter Blue

Over the April twenty first weekend, a number of high accounts (with greater than 1 million followers) acquired their verification marks again. Nevertheless, a lot of them, together with author Neil Gaiman, footballer Riyad Mahrez, musician Lil Nas X, actress Janel Parrish Lengthy and British TV presenter Richard Osman stated that they didn’t pay for the blue badge.

In March, The New York Times reported that Twitter was contemplating handing out a free verification mark to the highest 10,000 manufacturers and corporations. It’s not clear if the corporate is making use of the identical coverage to private accounts.

Twitter removes ‘government-funded’ information labels

Twitter has eliminated “government-funded media” labels on all accounts, from NPR to the Chinese language state-affiliated Xinhua Information. The app even seems to have deleted its web page explaining the “government-funded media” labels.

Twitter sends an electronic mail seemingly requiring advertisers to have a verified checkmark

Several users have posted screenshots of an electronic mail reportedly despatched by Twitter, which states that ranging from April 21, verified checkmarks are required to proceed operating advertisements on the platform.

Twitter formally kills legacy blue checkmarks on 4/20

With the legacy checks gone, the app could have verification marks just for paid customers and companies, in addition to authorities entities and officers. Now if a consumer sees a blue test mark and clicks on it, the label reads: “This account is verified as a result of they’re subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their telephone quantity.”

Microsoft drops Twitter from its promoting platform

Microsoft is dropping the hen app from its promoting platform beginning on April 25, practically two months after Twitter introduced that it’s going to start charging a minimal of $42,000 per 30 days to customers of its API, together with enterprises and analysis establishments. The strikes imply customers will not have the ability to entry their account, or create, schedule or in any other case handle tweets by Microsoft’s free social media administration service.

Twitter proprietor Elon Musk threatened to take authorized motion:

Twitter quietly removes coverage in opposition to misgendering trans folks

Twitter up to date its content material moderation tips concerning hateful content material, eradicating a coverage that prohibited the focused deadnaming or misgendering of transgender folks. Enacted in 2018, the coverage explicitly acknowledged that it violated Twitter’s guidelines to repeatedly and purposefully name a transgender particular person by the improper title or pronouns.

Twitter to label tweets that get downranked for violating its hate speech coverage

Twitter plans to “quickly” start including seen labels on tweets which have been recognized as doubtlessly violating its insurance policies, which has impacted their visibility. It didn’t say when precisely the system can be absolutely rolled out throughout its community.

Sometimes, when tweets violate Twitter’s insurance policies, one of many actions the corporate can take is to restrict the attain of these tweets — or one thing it calls “visibility filtering.” In these situations, the tweets stay on-line however grow to be much less discoverable, as they’re excluded from areas like search outcomes, tendencies, advisable notifications, For You and Following timelines, and extra.

Traditionally, the broader public wouldn’t essentially know if a tweet had been moderated on this method. Now Twitter says that can change.

10,000-character-long tweets for Blue subscribers

Twitter’s new characteristic will let Blue subscribers publish 10,000-character-long posts — as if the social community is attempting to compete with a rival publication platform. Twitter has additionally added assist for daring and italic textual content formatting.

Lengthy-form writing can be not totally new. Final June, the corporate launched a program known as Twitter Notes for choose writers. Nevertheless, that program was shut down underneath Musk. After taking up the corporate he additionally killed publication device Revue, a startup Twitter had acquired in 2021.

NPR, PBS and a handful of different information organizations bail on Twitter as Musk meddles with account labels

A PBS spokesperson confirmed to Axios that PBS had “no plans to renew tweeting” after Twitter gave it a murky “government-funded media” label over the weekend. Just a few other news entities appeared to have adopted swimsuit, together with the distinguished Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, Hawaii Public Radio and LA-based native information supply LAist.

The Australian Broadcasting Firm (ABC Australia), Australia’s Particular Broadcasting Service (SBS), New Zealand’s public broadcaster RNZ, Sweden’s SR Ekot and SVT, and Catalonia’s TV3.cat a had been labeled “government-funded media” weeks later.

Twitter companions with eToro to point out real-time inventory and crypto info

This expands upon the social community’s Cashtag characteristic, which supplied data about a restricted variety of shares and crypto cash by TradingView knowledge.

The brand new partnership with eToro goes past simply displaying info. It additionally redirects customers to the eToro web site the place they’ll interact in buying and selling. In case you seek for a inventory on Twitter, you will notice a button saying “View on eToro,” which redirects to the location.

Elon Musk says he solely purchased Twitter as a result of he thought he’d be pressured to 

Elon Musk gave a uncommon interview to an precise reporter late on Tuesday, chatting with BBC reporter James Clayton on Twitter Areas. Through the interview, Clayton pressed Musk on whether or not his buy of Twitter was, in the long run, one thing he went by with willingly, or whether or not it was one thing he did as a result of the energetic courtroom case on the time by which Twitter was attempting to drive him to undergo with the sale was going badly.

The reply was that Musk did certainly solely do the deal as a result of he believed legally, he was going to be pressured to take action anyway.

Elon Musk says Twitter will formally take away legacy checkmarks on 4/20

That is the “closing date,” he stated in a tweet. If the transfer goes by, Twitter could have verification marks just for paid customers and companies, and authorities entities and officers.

Twitter, Inc. is now X Corp.

Twitter, Inc. is now known as X Corp., in accordance with a court filing in California.

Since Twitter is not a public firm, it doesn’t should report updates like title adjustments to the SEC. However in any case, the brand new title was noticed in an April 4 doc associated to far-right activist Laura Loomer’s lawsuit in opposition to Twitter and Fb.

“Twitter, Inc. has been merged into X Corp. and not exists,” the doc states.

Ex-Twitter CEO and different execs sue agency over unpaid authorized payments

The lawsuit, filed in Delaware Chancery Courtroom, alleged that Twitter has to pay greater than $1 million to the previous executives for authorized payments they incurred whereas on the firm to reply to requests by the Division of Justice and Securities and Change Fee.

Twitter Circle tweets aren’t very personal

Quite a few Twitter customers reported a bug on April 10 by which Circle tweets are surfacing on the algorithmically generated For You timeline. That implies that your supposedly personal posts may breach containment to achieve an unintended viewers, which may shortly spark some uncomfortable conditions.

For Millionaires has spoken to a number of customers who’ve additionally skilled this glitch firsthand; many more have reported the glitch of their tweets. Most frequently, plainly Circle tweets are being surfaced within the For You timeline to customers who observe the poster, however should not of their Circle. Others have reported that their Circle tweets are reaching even additional than those that observe them.

A yr later, Twitter is now resurfacing official Russian accounts in search outcomes

The Elon Musk-owned platform has resumed surfacing accounts of Vladimir Putin and the Russian Embassy in search outcomes. A former Twitter worker advised the publication that this transfer is probably going due to a coverage change.

Twitter gained’t allow you to retweet, like or reply to Substack hyperlinks

Twitter is censoring Substack hyperlinks by making the posts inconceivable to answer to, like or retweet. Whereas quote-tweeting works, merely urgent the retweet button surfaces an error message: “Some actions on this Tweet have been disabled by Twitter.”

You didn’t hear this from us, however in case you hyperlink to a Substack through a redirected URL, it appears to publish with out restrictions.

Twitter Blue subscribers will now be proven ‘half advertisements’ on the platform

Twitter is rolling out extra options for Blue subscribers together with exhibiting 50% of advertisements of their timeline in comparison with non-paid customers and a visibility enhance in search.

“As you scroll, you will notice roughly twice as many natural or non-promoted Tweets positioned in between promoted Tweets or advertisements. There could also be instances when there are extra or fewer non-promoted Tweets between promoted Tweets,” Twitter’s description of the characteristic says.

Whereas Twitter is claiming to scale back advertisements on paid subscribers’ feeds, it’s laborious to show if they’re truly seeing fewer advertisements aside from anecdotal experiences.

Twitter singles NPR out with deceptive state-backed media label

NPR’s Twitter account on the platform now comes with a tag denoting it as “US state-affiliated media.” However NPR doesn’t meet Twitter’s personal definition for a state-affiliated account:

State-affiliated media is outlined as shops the place the state workout routines management over editorial content material by monetary assets, direct or oblique political pressures, and/or management over manufacturing and distribution…

State-financed media organizations with editorial independence, just like the BBC within the UK for instance, should not outlined as state-affiliated media for the needs of this coverage.

NPR later announced that it’s going to not be posting content material to its 52 official Twitter feeds, changing into the primary main information group to go silent on the social media platform.

Twitter’s verification adjustments really feel like an unintended April Fools’ joke

Musk had claimed that beginning on April 1, blue checkmarks that beforehand indicated that an account was reputable, verified and notable can be maintained solely for individuals who have a subscription to Twitter Blue. The change can be a part of a wider push for Twitter to gate beforehand free options, and bundle new ones, underneath the $8 per 30 days Twitter Blue subscription, which prices $11 on iOS and Android units.

As quite a few celebrities and companies spoke out to say they wouldn’t pay the $8 charge, it appeared that eradicating so many blue checks can be simpler stated than performed. As an alternative, Twitter merely up to date the textual content accompanying a blue test to make it unclear whether or not somebody was verified for being notable, or for paying for Twitter Blue. In an final act of pettiness, Twitter eliminated The New York Instances’ verification test when the information big stated it wouldn’t pay for verification.

Based mostly on early returns, the revamped Twitter Blue has but to contribute considerably to Twitter’s backside line, with simply $11 million generated from cell signups in its first three months.

March 2023

Twitter declares new API tiers; free, fundamental and enterprise ranges

The three API tiers embody a free degree meant for content material posting bots, a $100/month fundamental degree and a pricey enterprise degree. Subscribing to any degree will get entry to the Advertisements API at no extra value. 

Twitter talked about that over the following 30 days, the corporate will discontinue outdated entry ranges, together with Normal (for v1.1), Important and Elevated (for v2), and Premium.

Builders stay sad with Twitter’s new API construction.

Elon Musk says Twitter will solely present verified accounts on its “For You” timeline beginning April 15

Musk justified the transfer by saying this was the “solely lifelike approach to tackle superior AI bot swarms taking up.”

New Twitter accounts now have to attend solely 30 days to buy Twitter Blue

Twitter decreases the wait to buy Twitter Blue for newly created Twitter accounts from 90 days to 30 days.

“New subscriptions to Twitter Blue can be found globally on internet, iOS, or Android. Not all options can be found on all platforms. Newly created Twitter accounts won’t be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue for 30 days. We may impose ready durations for brand new accounts sooner or later at our discretion, and with out discover,” the Twitter Blue web page reads.

Twitter to kill ‘legacy’ blue checks on April 1

Twitter introduced that the elimination of legacy blue checkmarks will start April 1 for customers that aren’t subscribed to Twitter Blue.

Elon tweeted again in December that the corporate will take away legacy checkmarks “in a couple of months.” After that, customers with legacy blue checks had been seeing a pop-up after they clicked on their checkmark, which learn, “It is a legacy verified account. It could or will not be notable.” However as soon as Twitter botched this elimination of checkmarks, they modified the copy once more — as of now, customers can not distinguish whether or not somebody has a checkmark as a result of they paid, or as a result of they had been deemed notable.

Twitter’s privacy-preserving Tor service goes darkish

Twitter’s Tor service, a model of the location that could possibly be accessed even in nations the place the social community is banned, has gone darkish after the corporate didn’t renew its certificates, which expired on March 6.

Pavel Zoneff, director of strategic communications on the Tor Challenge, advised For Millionaires that the location “is not obtainable seemingly with no plans to resume.”

Twitter Blue is now obtainable in additional than 20 nations

This enlargement makes the social community’s subscription service obtainable in additional than 35 nations the world over.

These nations embody Netherlands, Poland, Eire, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, Denmark, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia, Croatia, Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus.

February 2023

Layoffs proceed

Twitter laid off greater than 200 workers in its fourth spherical of cuts, together with loyalist Esther Crawford — the chief government of Twitter funds who oversaw the corporate’s Twitter Blue verification subscription.

Twitter’s workers is down from about 7,500 workers to lower than 2,000 since Musk.

One of many quite a few rounds of cuts eradicated the platform’s whole accessibility crew. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) known as on Elon Musk to convey the accessibility crew again in an open letter. Markey requested a response by March 17.

Twitter permits hashish advertisements in states the place it’s authorized

After updating its ad policy on February 15, Twitter turned the primary social media app within the U.S. to permit hashish promoting. Hashish advertisements will run on Twitter in U.S. states the place hashish is authorized and in Canada.

Twitter delays launch of its new API platform…once more

The preliminary date set to chop free entry to Twitter’s API was February 9, which was then prolonged to February 13. Now, the social community has delayed the shutdown once more, this time with no date set.

The delay jeopardizes the plans of builders and startups constructing instruments across the Twitter API as they wouldn’t have any readability on future spending and finances allocation on the developer platform.

Twitter’s fundamental tier of its API will value $100 per 30 days

The corporate initially deliberate to close down free entry to its API on February 9. Now it has prolonged this deadline to February 13. Twitter stated that it’s going to cost $100 per 30 days for the essential tier of API. This can get builders entry to a “low degree of API utilization,” in addition to the Advertisements API.

When builders attempting to hunt readability across the new API guidelines went to the developer forum website, they discovered that the location had been put behind a login. The discussion board was lastly accessible 4 days in a while February 13.

Twitter Blue introduces 4,000-character tweets

Twitter introduced the power to publish longer tweets for paid customers on February 8. As an alternative of being restricted to 280 characters, paying Blue subscribers can publish tweets which are as much as 4,000 characters.

Whereas solely Twitter Blue subscribers can publish lengthy tweets, all customers will have the ability to learn them. You will note solely the primary 280 characters on the timeline, and if you wish to learn extra, you’ll be able to click on on “Present extra.”

Elon Musk claims Twitter will begin sharing advert income with creators

Elon Musk introduced in a tweet on February 3 that the corporate would quickly start sharing promoting income with creators on the platform for the primary time. He follows up the announcement with a catch: Eligible customers have to be signed up for Twitter Blue.

Payouts have but to reach creators’ wallets.

Extra monetization pushes: Twitter Blue expands new nations, brings again Areas curation

Twitter Blue subscriptions at the moment are obtainable in Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, making it 12 areas in whole to which customers can subscribe to it as of February 2. On February 8, Twitter Blue prolonged providers additional to India, Indonesia and Brazil.

Twitter additionally introduced launching a brand new Areas tab with curated stations for reside and recorded areas, together with podcasts. The social community is making podcasts obtainable solely to Blue subscribers and “some folks on Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android apps.”

Twitter to finish free entry to its API

Twitter will discontinue providing free entry to the Twitter API beginning February 9 and can launch a paid model, Twitter stated because it appears for extra avenues to monetize the platform.

Every week later and days earlier than the February 9 deadline, Elon Musk stated that after getting suggestions from builders, Twitter will present a write-only API for “bots offering good content material that’s free.”

Twitter discontinues CoTweets

Twitter announced February 1 that it’s discontinuing CoTweeting, a characteristic that allowed two customers to co-author a tweet. Customers will have the ability to view the set of co-tweets for a month. After that, they are going to be routinely transformed to retweets on the co-author’s profile.

January 2023

Twitter companions with DoubleVerify and IAS on model security initiative

Attributable to declining advert income and advertiser exits, Twitter introduced on January 25 that it has teamed up with adtech firms DoubleVerify and Integral Advert Science (IAS) to inform advertisers if their advert is positioned round inappropriate content material. This system, obtainable first for U.S.-based promoting campaigns, permits manufacturers to investigate the content material adjoining to — primarily tweets above and beneath the advert — all varieties of advertisements, together with promoted tweets.

Twitter rolls out its bookmark characteristic on iOS

The brand new design shows the bookmark button underneath the expanded tweet view, making it simpler so as to add a publish to your bookmarks.

Earlier than the change, you needed to faucet on the share button to open the sharing card after which faucet on the bookmark choice to avoid wasting a tweet. Along with the brand new button, as quickly as you faucet on the button, you will notice a banner on the high of the display screen that claims “Present all bookmarks.”

The choice is at the moment seen solely on the iOS app, however we are able to count on that Twitter will roll this out to Android and the online quickly.

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Twitter quietly bans third-party purchasers

After slicing off distinguished app makers like Tweetbot and Twitterific, Twitter quietly up to date its developer phrases to ban third-party clients altogether on January 19.

The “restrictions” part of the corporate’s developer agreement was up to date with a clause prohibiting “use or entry the Licensed Supplies to create or try to create a substitute or comparable service or product to the Twitter Functions.” Earlier within the week, the corporate stated that it was “imposing long-standing API guidelines” in disallowing purchasers entry to its platform however didn’t cite which particular guidelines builders had been violating.

In consequence, third-party Twitter purchasers started offloading their apps from App Shops.

Twitter now affords an annual Blue subscription

Customers now have an opportunity to get a reduction for $84/yr in the event that they buy an annual Blue subscription on the net.

Twitter Blue, together with the brand new annual plan, is at the moment obtainable within the U.S., the U.Ok., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

monthly and annual pricing for Twitter Blue for iOS and Web depending on country

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Twitter HQ furnishings auctions

In an odd try to earn cash, Twitter is auctioning off surplus office furniture (public sale is now closed) that it doesn’t want anymore, now that hundreds of workers have both left the corporate or been laid off. Once you’re quickly shedding advertisers and apparently not paying your rent, why not go for the hail mary?

Twitter makes algorithmic “For You” timeline the default

The corporate has tried to drag this stunt previously, solely to provide the choice to change again to a chronological timeline after lots of backlashes.

What’s totally different this time? The Elon Musk-led firm is now exhibiting each algorithmic and chronological feeds side-by-side. Customers can swap between them by swiping on their telephone screens. Till now, customers needed to faucet on the flicker icon within the top-right nook to change between the “House” and “Newest” timelines. Twitter is justifying its newest change by saying that customers can now simply swipe between the renamed “For You” and “Following” timelines.

  • January 13: Twitter rolled out the dual-timeline replace to the online however at the moment the social community used to recollect your selection.
  • January 20: The corporate made the “For You” feed default on the net when customers first opened Twitter in a tab or refreshed the web page.
  • January 24: Now, Twitter remembers your selections once more.
  • February 7: Twitter remembers your selections once more on iOS and Android, too.

Twitter’s superior search filters for cell are stated to be coming quickly

Based on social media analyst Matt Navarra, Twitter’s superior search filters for cell are coming quickly.

Right here’s what it appears like:

Twitter lifts the political advert ban to bolster income

The corporate initially enforced the ban again in 2019. At the moment, it stated that “political message attain must be earned, not purchased.” Twitter charted a special path from different social networks like Fb and Instagram, which allowed political advertisements.

The corporate’s announcement to raise the political advert ban comes at a time when advertisers have been pulling again spending on the platform, and the corporate has been slicing down its internal revenue projections.

December 2022

Twitter Blue customers can now add 60-minute movies

On December 23, the Twitter Blue page was up to date declaring that subscribers can now add 60-minute movies from the online at 1080p decision and 2GB in file measurement.

Layoffs proceed, impacting workers in public coverage, engineering

Based on posts on Twitter and LinkedIn from a former public coverage worker on December 22, Twitter reduce half of its public coverage crew.

The corporate additionally laid off some engineers in infrastructure through electronic mail on December 16. Throughout all of Twitter, it’s estimated that about 75% of workers have both chosen to depart or have been laid off since Elon Musk took possession of the corporate in October.

Twitter now shows inventory and cryptocurrency costs instantly in search outcomes

To entry the brand new characteristic, customers have to only sort the greenback image adopted by the related ticker image, e.g. “$GOOG” or “$ETH” (minus the quote marks), within the search bar and Twitter will show the present worth. This additionally works with out utilizing the $ image in some cases, nevertheless it’s much less constant and doesn’t all the time return the inventory or crypto costs as requested.

If somebody needs to know extra particulars a few inventory or cryptocurrency, they’ll hit the “View on Robinhood” button.

Now you can see how many individuals view your tweets

A tweet’s View Rely can be seen to everybody, not simply the proprietor of the account.

“Twitter is rolling out View Rely, so you’ll be able to see what number of instances a tweet has been seen! That is regular for video,” Elon Musk wrote in a tweet. “Exhibits how rather more alive Twitter is than it might appear, as over 90% of Twitter customers learn, however don’t tweet, reply or like, as these are public actions.”

Twitter Blue for Enterprise now permits firms to establish their workers

Twitter’s product supervisor Esther Crawford said the social media platform is launching a pilot program for Blue for Enterprise with choose companies. The corporate plans to increase this to extra organizations subsequent yr.

Twitter goes on an account suspension spree, together with distinguished journalists

A day after Twitter crafted a brand new coverage to elucidate its resolution to ban an account that tracks Elon Musk’s personal jet, Twitter additionally suspended its open supply competitor Mastodon from the service.

Inside the identical day, Twitter suspended quite a lot of distinguished journalists on the platform with out warning. “Similar doxxing guidelines apply to ‘journalists’ as to everybody else,” Elon Musk tweeted in a reply in regards to the journalists’ suspensions.

The corporate seemingly had a glitch that allowed banned customers to nonetheless take part in Twitter Areas. A bunch of the banned journalists began a bunch dialog on Areas the place Musk himself joined in. Shortly after, the app pulled its Areas group audio characteristic quickly.

Twitter shuts down Revue, its publication platform

Revue, the publication platform acquired by Twitter in January 2021, sent a message to newsletter writers on December 14 declaring, “We’ve made the troublesome resolution to close down Revue.” Writers had till January 18, 2023 to retrieve their knowledge at first was deleted.

Twitter disperses the Belief & Security Council

Twitter dispersed the advisory group consisting of roughly 100 unbiased researchers and human rights activists from around the globe. The council members acquired an electronic mail on Monday, December 12 from the corporate saying that the Belief & Security Council is “not one of the best construction” to get exterior insights into the corporate product and coverage technique.

Elon Musk says Twitter will take away all legacy verifications ‘in a couple of months’

Twitter will take away all legacy blue checkmarks “in a couple of months,” Elon Musk tweeted on December 12. Earlier than Musk purchased Twitter, checkmarks had been used to confirm people and entities as energetic, genuine and notable accounts of curiosity.

This previous week, many blue checkmark holders have been seeing a pop-up after they click on on their blue checkmark that reads, “It is a legacy verified account. It could or will not be notable.”

Twitter Blue relaunches with new verification course of, plus Blue for Enterprise

Twitter is formally bringing again the Twitter Blue subscription on December 12, beginning in 5 nations earlier than quickly increasing to others. The app up to date its phrases to specify that customers might want to confirm their telephone numbers earlier than buying the Twitter Blue subscription.

Internet sign-ups will value $8 per 30 days and iOS signal ups will value $11 per 30 days for “entry to subscriber-only options, together with the blue checkmark,” per a tweet from the corporate account. Twitter Blue turned obtainable on Android on the identical worth as iOS in January 2023.

Along with the relaunch of Twitter Blue, the corporate additionally started rolling out a brand new providing known as Blue for Enterprise that provides a gold checkmark to firm accounts.

Twitter’s Group Notes characteristic is now international

Group Notes, beforehand often known as Birdwatch, at the moment are seen around the globe. Group Notes is the social media big’s crowdsourced fact-checking system.

Moderators who’re a part of this system can add notes to tweets so as to add context and customers can then vote in the event that they decide the context to be useful. Previous to this international enlargement, Group Notes had been solely seen to customers within the U.S. Twitter added moderators from the U.Ok., Eire, Australia and New Zealand in January 2023.

Twitter declares charging $11 on iOS for Blue subscription to offset App Retailer charges

When Twitter launched its new subscription plan with a verification mark on November 9, it charged customers $7.99 per 30 days. In an try to offset App Retailer charges, the corporate is charging iOS customers $11 for the brand new subscription plan — although the Twitter Blue plan is on halt.

November 2022

Twitter’s Group Notes up to date to higher tackle ‘low high quality’ contributions

The platform’s crowdsourced fact-checking system, Group Notes, are notes written by customers which are appended to tweets to supply additional clarification and context.

The Group Notes algorithm change includes scoring notes the place contributors clarify why a tweet shouldn’t be deemed deceptive.

Twitter declares a brand new multicolored verification system

Elon Musk declares that Twitter will tentatively roll out a brand new multicolored verification system the place firms will get a gold checkmark, authorities officers will get a gray checkmark and the blue checkmark can be devoted to people even when they aren’t celebrities. Meaning the blue checkmark can be used with legacy verified accounts and folk who purchase the corporate’s proposed $8 per 30 days paid plan.

In case you’re confused about all of the checkmarks, you’re not alone. Right here’s a fast information on what every checkmark and badge means.

Twitter Blue verification chaos ensues

On November 9, CEO Elon Musk floated adjustments to Twitter’s system for verifying consumer accounts, together with charging $8 per 30 days for it. The social media firm seemingly started rolling out a brand new tier of Twitter Blue, its premium subscription service. Based on a tweet by Esther Crawford, a former product lead, the brand new Twitter Blue plan wasn’t but reside, however some customers noticed notifications as a part of a reside check.

The corporate additionally launched grey-colored official checkmarks for notable accounts reminiscent of firms and politicians. However inside hours of the launch, Elon Musk killed it. Crawford clarified that the gray “Official” labels are nonetheless going out as a part of the brand new Twitter Blue product.

The brand new $8 Twitter Blue plan started rolling out to iOS customers within the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.Ok with the one characteristic obtainable on the time being the blue “verified” checkmark. This prompted quite a lot of faux accounts pretending to be celebrities, manufacturers and in any other case influential folks to create accounts and unfold misinformation.

The Twitter exodus begins with mass layoffs and exits

Elon Musk laid off 3,700 folks on November 3, nearly half its workers, shortly after finishing the acquisition. Twitter was sued in a category motion lawsuit in response to not giving workers advance discover of a mass layoff, alleging Twitter violated employee safety legal guidelines.

Every week later, the app reached out to some former workers to return as they had been laid off “by mistake.”

Along with layoffs, a spherical of government departures additionally swept by the corporate. In Musk’s first electronic mail to his new workers, he talked about ending distant work and making the battle in opposition to spam a precedence.

October 2022

Elon Musk is revamping Twitter’s verification system

Twitter begins overhauling a brand new and dearer model of Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid plan, that can reportedly value $19.99 per 30 days and provides customers a verified badge. On the time, Twitter Blue value $4.99 per 30 days within the U.S.

Based on a report from The Verge, the corporate plans to take away verification badges from present holders in the event that they don’t pay for Twitter Blue inside 90 days of launching the brand new verification system.

Elon Musk formally owns Twitter

Elon Musk closed on his $44 billion acquisition of the hen app on October 27, 2022. The deal got here after months of authorized drama, unhealthy memes and will-they-or-won’t-they-chaos. After sealing the deal, Musk took Twitter personal and started clearing home. On day one, he fired former CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, normal counsel Sean Edgett and head of Authorized, Belief and Security Vijaya Gadde.