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Twitter to Let Users Charge for Their Content and No One is Saying 'Why is This App Free' Now

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Twitter on Thursday announced a new feature called 'Super Follows', which will let users charge for extra, exclusive material not shown to their regular followers.

“Why is Twitter free?” Well, it’s not anymore.

In an investor presentation Thursday, the microblogging site Twitter announced a new feature called “Super Follows”, which will let users charge for extra, exclusive material not shown to their regular followers. This can include subscriber-only newsletters, videos, deals and discounts. Users would pay a monthly subscription fee to access the extra content.

Twitter users and the company’s investors have long been asking it to launch a subscription-based model because of the growing number of internet creators and influencers who use tools such as Patreon, Substack, and OnlyFans to make money from their online popularity.

The subscriptions will also allow Twitter to tap into a broader range of revenue sources in a world where online advertising is dominated by a Facebook-Google duopoly. Twitter did not detail what percentage of the revenue it would share with celebrities and others who sign up paying subscribers.

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For the general public, who have been sarcastically using the popular meme template “why (or how) is Twitter free” for the longest time at every instance they spotted a tweet or post that’s outrightly bizarre or weird to exist in public space on the platform, the meme sure has come to life.

Reminding them were the users who tweeted the same joke, several times as the news hit the website.

(With inputs from Associated Press)