What you need to know
- Twitter Blue has rolled out in the United States and New Zealand.
- People can pay £2.99 per month to get ad-free news, but not an ad-free timeline.
- Features include Twitter app customization and access to an Undo Tweet button.
The Twitter Blue subscription service is now rolling out to users in the United States and New Zealand, with a monthly price of $2.99 / NZD 4.49 attached. People get access to a number of features, although none of those will get them an ad-free timeline.
Twitter Blue launched in Canada and Australia earlier this year, but it's now expanding to two new countries. The features are the same, though. Those features include access to ad-free news articles from a range of supported outlets.
On iOS and desktop, Twitter Blue members will enjoy a fast-loading, ad-free reading experience when they visit many of their favorite news sites available in the US from Twitter, such as The Washington Post, L.A. Times, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, Reuters, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed, Insider and The Hollywood Reporter.
On top of that there's an Undo Tweet button, as well as a feature that shows which top news articles your friends have been sharing online. Twitter Blue also gives people access to Labs, something that in turn means they'll be able to try some features out before others. Pinned conversations and longer video uploads are two examples.
People can learn more about Twitter Blue over on the Ttwitter website, while subscriptions are handled via the app and in-app purchases.
All of this also requires that you use the official Twitter app, of course. Whether that's the best iPhone app for actually using Twitter is a matter for debate, but there's no arguing that Twitter continues to try to lock people into using the first-party app.