Elon Musk wants verified accounts to be paid, Stephen King doesn’t like it
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Stephen King doesn’t want to pay 20 euros per month to keep his Twitter certificate. And he clarified to Elon Musk (The photo was taken during an interview in Paris in November 2013).
TWITTER-“ Damn it! In English, it is difficult to speak more eloquently than the writer Stephen King when commenting on Elon Musk’s latest project for Twitter. And for good reason: the bluebird is very active on social media, ” the king of horror refuses to submit to payment to retain an insignificant privilege.
Indeed, since he is alone in the management of Twitter, Elon Musk does not stop criticizing the policies previously implemented by the management of the network and puts forward radically different ideas, such as the restoration of Kanye. West, despite his anti-Semitic speeches, and probably one that comes from Donald Trump.
And among these projects, the world’s richest man once considered buying the famous little blue badge that identifies celebrities and sources of information, $20 a month (the same amount of euros) from verified accounts to keep information safe among other users. For now, the premium feature is already available in the US and parts of the English-speaking world, but its spectrum is less as is its current cost ($4.99 per month).
$20 a month to keep a blue check? Damn, they should pay me. If this gets built, I’m going to go like Enron.
-Stephen King (@StephenKing)
” $20 a month to keep my little blue tick? No luck, they have to pay me instead “This is how Stephen King reacted when he heard the news. And it should be added that if this is enabled, it will ” It’s gone like Enron “, a pun in English, rhymed with the fact that the social network was separated by the name of the giant American company, driven by its own greed and excessive speculation.
$8 subscription and model change
The fact is that considering the sums invested by Elon Musk to buy Twitter, the multibillionaire will definitely try to make his purchase profitable. For now, the biggest challenge for the network founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams and Biz Stone is making money. However, despite relatively modest advertising, Twitter has yet to find a way to turn a profit.
What Elon Musk says it’s time to upgrade the model. So he replied to Stephen King: ” Well, we have to pay the bills one way or another… Twitter can’t rely on advertisers alone. But $8? »
@StephenKing We have to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot completely rely on advertisers. But $8?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
This is before adding that it will soon introduce a paid subscription project more formally, “one way” that is why “defeat bots and trolls” now on his social network.
And this presentation did not last long. Earlier in the day this Tuesday, November 1st, California time, Elon Musk actually posted a series of tweets detailing his program for the future. And assures him: The current system between lords and peasants, between those with this blue badge and those without, is nonsense. Power to the people! »
So his project is effectively to offer a paid (for $8 a month in the US, price adjusted according to purchasing power in different countries) certification badge. Along with the blue badge, other premium features will also be coming: priority in replies, notes and searches, the ability to publish long audio and videos, half of advertising “, he lists. Before offering an additional paid mode ” publishers who want to work with us “. He assures us that there are many elements that will be used to generate income intended to “compensate content creators”.
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