The new Twitter for the iOS version was released today, and it includes the first launch of the new Twitter Blue subscription. As of now, the only change is that anyone can sign up to receive the coveted “blue check” verification. Other new features are “coming soon,” according to Twitter.
The following are the complete release notes for today’s Twitter for iOS update:
We’re adding great new features to Twitter Blue starting today, with more coming soon. If you sign up now, you can get Twitter Blue for $7.99 per month.
- Blue checkmark: People’s Power: Your account, like the celebrities, businesses, and politicians you already follow, will be marked with a blue checkmark.
- Half the ads and far superior ones: We’re going to reward you with half the ads and make them twice as relevant because you’re helping Twitter fight bots.
- Longer videos should be posted: You’ll be able to share longer videos on Twitter for the first time.
- Priority ranking for high-quality content: Your content will be prioritized in replies, mentions, and search results. Scams, spam, and bots are less visible as a result of this.
- Twitter Blue with verification is currently available on iOS in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Twitter has removed all previous verification infrastructure, including the previously required application process, with today’s update. The dedicated “Verified” feed is now the default in the “Notifications” tab, and you must swipe over to see notifications from nonverified accounts.
Some server-side features of the new Twitter Blue subscription appear to be still in the works. As a result, you may experience some delayed messages as Twitter continues to make changes.
Twitter Blue subscriptions are paid through Apple’s in-app payment platform, which means Twitter shares 30% of its revenue with Apple.