Twitter Blue subscription service launching in Australia and Canada first

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Twitter has launched subscription service Twitter Blue in Australia and Canada, adding additional features to users of the social media network.

Twitter's subscription service has been long coming, and the pricing was previously leaked in an App Store update — $2.99 in the US. Twitter Blue is launching in Australia and Canada for initial testing and will be released to other regions over time.

Features of the service include:

  • Bookmark folders: save and organize tweets using custom folders
  • Undo Tweet: set a timer to prevent Tweets from going live for a length of time, giving you a chance to "undo" and correct a mistake
  • Reader mode: turn threads into a string of text so you're not interrupted by ads, replies, or other content
  • Custom home screen icons
  • App themes
  • Elevated customer support

Twitter says that the standard Twitter service will not change and will remain free to all users.

"And for those wondering, no, a free Twitter is not going away, and never will," the company shared in a blog post. "This subscription offering is simply meant to add enhanced and complementary features to the already existing Twitter experience for those who want it."

The Twitter Blue service is available for $3.49 CAD or $4.49 AUD per month — essentially $2.99 per month. The initial rollout will enable Twitter to listen to user feedback and build more features for the service over time.

There was no announcement for when Twitter Blue would launch in the US. Users can follow @TwitterBlue to keep up to date on the details.

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