Think about paying for a blue checkmark solely to show round and conceal it.
That’s what is perhaps taking place, at the least based on Alessandro Paluzzi, who not too long ago leaked an obvious screenshot of Twitter Blue’s upcoming settings. Within the screenshot beneath, Twitter Blue settings now present an choice to “Present or conceal your blue checkmark in your profile.”
The blue checkmark, also referred to as a verification badge, is an emblem that denotes a person’s account has been verified as genuine by Twitter. It not too long ago turned an unique function of Twitter Blue, the corporate’s paid subscription service to the social media platform. Meta not too long ago additionally adopted paid verification for each Fb and Instagram.
In fact, the screenshot solely reveals one thing that Twitter is probably creating, and the function may by no means see the sunshine of day. Nonetheless, if it does, it can imply that the principle draw of Twitter Blue to date, the blue checkmark, may fade as one thing folks wish to showcase.
The corporate is reportedly sunsetting all legacy checkmarks beginning on April 1st (April Fools Day), so there may very well be a future the place the one folks verified on Twitter are paying for it. For individuals who don’t need anybody to know that they’re an individual that really pays for Twitter, which is probably going a rising quantity of individuals, hiding your checkmark is an effective solution to keep away from that public shaming.
So, for those who’re going to cover your checkmark, what’s the purpose of paying for Twitter Blue? That’s a very good query, and it’ll rely upon if the corporate can make good on its other promises for the subscription service, like higher visibility on tweets, fewer advertisements, and revenue-sharing. Elon Musk has been promising these options to subscribers for months now, so we’ll see when it really occurs.