Twitter will launch a paid feature allowing followers of popular users to view their exclusive content.
Early screenshots revealing the look of the new paid feature - called Super Follows - were published by app researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, Monday.
Earlier sources familiar with the matter published a report revealing Twitter's plan to release a paid feature similar to content subscription services such as OnlyFans. Twitter has been working on the feature for months as a way of better monetizing its application.
According to Wong, Twitter's Super Follows feature will be available to users with more than 10,000 followers and those with more than 25 published tweets in the past 30 days. Eligible users will be allowed to choose from a list of categories that best describe their exclusive content.
Twitter is working on Super Follows application
- Have at least 10000 followers
- Have posted at least 25 Tweets in past 30 days
- Be at least 18 years old
notably, “Adult content” and “OnlyFans” are mentioned in the category and platform sections https://t.co/qSEjh0ohm8 pic.twitter.com/yvkzx672V2 — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 6, 2021
The screenshots include adult content, Substack, Patreon, Twitch streams and YouTube. Twitter hasn't provided any details on the cost but sources say it could charge Super Follows users somewhere around $4.99 a month for access to exclusive content from celebrities and other popular Twitter accounts.
Sources said Twitter might include a "cash button" to tip people they follow. This could be called a "Tip Jar" which will allow users to use payment services to donate.
Twitter started rolling out its new "verified" applications process a few weeks ago. Those approved will be granted the popular blue check mark badge. Twitter previously said its new blue tick mechanism rollout is aimed at giving users more "transparency, credibility and clarity."
Sources said the blue tick application was likely just a precursor to Twitter's larger plan of further monetizing its application. The details of how the company will earn from the feature, which sources have said could come from cuts or commissions, haven't been revealed.