The cleaning siren was more like whimps.
When it was verified that Twitter users of the Elon Musk-run social media company had to remove the tickets due to the mass over the weekend, the Twitter product team focused on something else entirely: replacing the blue Twitter bird icon on Monday with a Shiba Inu; the dog is associated with the breed doge and the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
Twitter dogs are emblematic of the chaos and unfocused fly reigning over Twitter, where brands are casually evolving with little notice, like select organizations. The New York Times are penalized (that is, they lose checked marks) on a whim based on Musk’s inconsistent standards and basic site functionality – remember when users couldn’t even tweet? – is not given. Outside the caseas he had promised” tweet from Elon, the company has never even publicly acknowledged why it embraced Doge as an icon, leaving it as another moment of uncertainty in the Musk era.
It wasn’t likely to be a bloodbath, because Twitter doesn’t have a way to remove a group of tickets, as Washington Post announced. In a since-deleted tweet on April 2, Musk said he would give “a few weeks’ grace” to verified legacy users to sign up for Twitter Blue “unless they tell us they won’t pay now, in which case we’ll remove it.” [their verification badges]”, which is so when it was seen The New York TimesThe main reason. (Representative for Times He did not respond to requests for comment on whether he saw a decrease in the outcome of the battle or whether he would reach an honest position after losing it.
But since at the beginning of this week most of the tested informants have kept their marks, with many expressing no interest in paying for Twitter Blue, an $8/month subscription service that will verify any user with a phone number and provide other perks such as a reduction in ads. and visibly boost through the platform. If anything, the Twitter Blue signature has become a kind of scarlet A on the social platform for some, with some users even requesting the blue checks to be removed and 39,000 users following an account that shares tools on how to run and block. Twitter Blue subscribers.
If Musk even counted on celebrities and top creators to draw an $8 monthly fee in exchange for protecting their authenticity, he thought it was wrong. “I’m not paying for the blue check. That money could go toward my extra bills.” tweeted Dionne Warwick
On the organizational side, major publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times All of them said they wouldn’t pay a $1,000/month fee to join Twitter’s Verified Organizations service, which gives business accounts a gold verification code and adds an affiliate badge (a smaller version of the main board) to affiliate accounts. If it’s confusing to read, that’s what it is: visuals with so many symbols next to the screens, all of which mean nothing now.
The pro-story campaign is a tactic that hasn’t brought much success for the cash-strapped company, as roughly 3.6 percent of verified users have signed up for Twitter Blue, according to one appreciate from software developer Travis Brown, who was verifying user status changes. (Twitter has not officially released its number of Twitter Blue subscribers.) And those who did offer payment tended to have smaller numbers on the platform, as some 49.1 percent of Twitter Blue subscribers have fewer than 1,000 followers, based on Brown’s analysis.
separate study from the web analytics firm SimiliaWeb found that of the 2.6 million people who checked a sales ticket on a desktop in March, 116,000 — or about 4.5 percent — signed it.
Perhaps in an attempt to disguise the low adoption numbers, Twitter also rolled out updated language on Monday to note that those users had subscribed to Twitter Blue tickets or were ambassador accounts; Previously, users could identify who subscribed to Twitter Blue vs. legatum Inscr.
On the one hand, Musk hasn’t addressed the elephant in the room: what appears to be a legacy of a few users saying they’re paying for Twitter Blue. Mercurial’s CEO spent the day laughing at his own jokes, sharing recycled content after recycled content.