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Stephen King has no desire to have to pay 20 euros per month to maintain his certification on Twitter. And he made it clear to Elon Musk (File photo taken in November 2013 during an interview in Paris).
TWITTER-“ Fuck that! In English, it is difficult to do more eloquently than the writer Stephen King when commenting on Elon Musk’s latest project for Twitter. And for good reason: very active on the blue bird social network, the ” king of horror refuses to submit to pay to maintain a trivial privilege.
Indeed, since he settled alone at the controls of Twitter, Elon Musk has not ceased to criticize the policy previously carried out by the management of the network and puts forward certain radically different ideas, like the reinstatement of Kanye. West despite anti-Semitic outings and the possibly coming one from Donald Trump.
And among these projects, the richest man in the world once considered charging 20 dollars (same sum in euros) per month to certified accounts so that they keep the famous little blue badge which identifies celebrities and sources of information. safe information among other users. For the time being, a premium feature already exists in the United States and in part of the English-speaking world, but its spectrum is much less, like its current cost (4.99 dollars monthly).
$20 a month to keep my blue check? Fuck that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.
—Stephen King (@StephenKing)
” $20 a month to keep my little blue tick? No fucking luck, they should pay me instead “So reacted Stephen King when he heard the news. And to add that if this is put in place, it is ” gone like Enron “, a pun in English rhymed the fact of leaving the social network with the name of a gigantic American company carried away by its own greed and excessive speculation.
An 8 dollar subscription and a model change
The fact remains that given the sums invested by Elon Musk to buy Twitter, the multi-billionaire will necessarily seek to make his acquisition profitable. And for now, the big problem of the network founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, is precisely to make money. However, in addition to relatively discreet advertising, Twitter has not yet found a way to make a profit.
What makes say to Elon Musk that it is time to evolve the model. And that’s why he also replied to Stephen King: ” Well, we have to pay the bills one way or another… Twitter can’t rely on advertisers alone. How about $8? »
@StephenKing We need to pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
This before adding that he would soon present his paid subscription project in a more formal way, “only way” according to him “to defeat bots and trolls” on what is now his social network.
And this presentation was not long in coming. At the start of the day this Tuesday, November 1, California time, Elon Musk actually published a series of tweets in which he details his program for the future. And assures him: The current system between lords and peasants, between those who have and those who don’t have this blue badge, is bullshit. Power to the people! »
Thus, his project is effectively to offer a certification badge for a fee (for 8 dollars per month in the United States, with a price adjusted according to purchasing power in the different countries). Along with the blue badge would come other premium features: priority in responses, mentions and searches, the possibility of publishing long audios and videos, half the advertising “, he lists. Before proposing in addition a paid mode for ” publishers willing to work with us “. So many elements, he assures us, which will be used to create income intended to “compensate the creators of content”. To be continued.
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