September 29, 2023

The final Twitter customers who retained blue checkmarks from the corporate’s earlier technique of verification had their badges stripped away Thursday. If you need one of many blue badges, you will should pay for the social media firm’s Twitter Blue subscription service.

Twitter introduced that it could begin retiring its so-called legacy verified program at the beginning of April, and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the final of the blue checkmarks could be eliminated on April 20. 

The Twitter Blue subscription service prices $8 a month on the net and $11 on iOS and Android within the US for people, or $1,000 monthly for firms. 

You may join Twitter Blue on the net by heading to and choosing Extra > Twitter Blue > Subscribe. When you’re subscribing on iOS or Android, head to profile menu > Twitter Blue > Subscribe. In each circumstances, you will want to substantiate your cellphone quantity. 

There are some restrictions to restrict impersonations: new accounts will not give you the option to enroll in Twitter Blue for 30 days, and accounts that have not been energetic in 30 days or have modified points of their profile (picture, show identify, username) within the final three days will not have the ability to enroll, in keeping with Twitter Blue’s help page. Twitter is “engaged on an up to date course of for brand spanking new Twitter accounts with a purpose to assist reduce impersonation dangers and should impose and alter ready durations for brand spanking new accounts with out discover,” the web page says.

When you pay for the service, you will get a number of perks reminiscent of tweet modifying, a largely expanded cap of 10,000 characters per tweet (up from 280), the flexibility to add higher-quality movies, wider visibility, two-factor authentication utilizing SMS texting along with authenticator apps and, after all, the blue checkmark. 

Twitter has mentioned that extra options are coming quickly, together with prioritized rating in replies, mentions and search in addition to a discount in advertisements. Leaker Alessandro Paluzzi claimed that Twitter can be engaged on one other perk to cover the blue checkmark, which now solely signifies that somebody is a subscriber to Twitter Blue.

The older verification program had been free and granted primarily to celebrities, journalists, politicians, manufacturers and notable figures as a way of authentication. After Elon Musk purchased Twitter and took over as CEO in October, he instituted shifting blue badges to solely paid Twitter Blue subscribers to generate income. 

Forward of dropping legacy checkmarks, some celebrities like LeBron James and Stephen King claimed that they would not pay for Twitter Blue, however found that they’d been given a blue badge that confirmed they had been subscribers. Musk tweeted that he’s “paying for a number of personally” and replied to King implying he had paid for his Blue subscription. James had reportedly declined Twitter’s supply for a free Blue subscription, however his profile is exhibiting a checkmark suggesting he has paid for Twitter Blue, in keeping with The Verge’s Alex Heath.