Twitter is about to ruin it for free users


Twitter has largely been “free” in the sense that users didn’t have to pay to use its services. The company has tried to find new ways of generating revenue with its “verified account” feature that charges a monthly subscription, but for the most part users could still use the site and its features for free if they didn’t want to pay for it.

That is expected to change soon, according to a tweet by Twitter’s own Elon Musk. According to Musk, the company will be making some changes where its “unverified users” (read free) will soon be limited to reading 600 posts a day, while new unverified accounts will be further limited to 300 posts a day.

This doesn’t mean that if you’re paying for Twitter’s subscription that you’ll be given unlimited access. Musk’s tweet says that even if you’re a verified user, you’ll still be capped albeit at a much higher rate of 6,000 posts per day. That being said, this may or may not have a very big impact on you depending on how you use the app.

For those who use Twitter as their main source of news and information, the cap of 300-600 posts a day could be reached very fast, while casual users might not notice anything different. We’re not sure if 6,000 posts a day will be enough for users either, but either way having a cap does make things more complicated.

Do take note that Musk does mention that this is “temporary”, but since no timetable was provided, we’re not sure how long this will go on for.

Twitter’s verified account feature is part of the company’s Twitter Blue subscription, which at the moment is priced starting at $8 a month.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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