You Might Have To Pay For Twitter In The Future
If you have tweeting fever like our commander in chief, you should definitely acknowledge the value of those 140 characters -- especially since there is a possibility you might be paying for them in the future.
During Twitter's shareholder meeting on May 22, the social media's founder, Jack Dorsey, said his company had been "kicking around" the idea of a paid subscription model, which would likely include added features for an extra cost.
Though nothing is currently in the works, Dorsey did mention the paid service is an idea they will continue to revisit as time goes on.
If this news is causing you to skim your feed and hesitate before sharing your latest thoughts, fret not.
Dorsey did give users some relief, according to a recent piece in Vanity Fair, which quotes the founder telling shareholders,
We do believe that there is a real importance that Twitter is accessible to everyone in the world no matter what their economic stature is and where they are in life, so the general case has been to make Twitter free and open.
OK, phew — we don't have to go into panic mode just yet.
Reuters broke the news earlier this year that Twitter had been toying with the idea of a subscription-based service. The good news? This explored the possibility of a premium version of Tweetdeck for professionals, so individuals who want to retweet their favorite memes will most likely be safe.
All these changes are definitely making us question the future of social media, though.
I mean, Snapchat already surprised us by announcing snaps that can last forever — the complete opposite of everything we've ever known.
Then, when we thought we were limited to bunny ears and dog noses on Snapchat, Instagram announced the addition of face filters.
What are they doing to us?! We can't handle this many changes in such a short period of time.
Now, all of a sudden there's this bizarre thought that actual money has to get involved when we're sharing a viral post.
Well, we do pay for other forms of communication — like the phones we use to access the Twitter app — so is it really that far-fetched of an idea?
Don't scare us anymore than you already have, Twitter. If you tell us that we're getting face filters next, we're going to lose it.