Mehul Ruben DasNovember 10, 2022 13:19:07 IST
Twitter has already started implementing the blue checkmark for “authenticated users” in certain countries. Until now, Twitter’s Blue Tick meant for verified users that the accounts with the blue tick were verified profiles of “prominent people.” However, now it means that the user, who has a blue check mark, is an authenticated user with a Twitter Blue subscription.
At the moment, for people who subscribe to the new package, their account will immediately add a verified check, but the other new benefits are not yet available. According to a support page, “only accounts subscribed to Twitter Blue on iOS on or after November 9, 2022 are eligible for the blue check.” It is unclear when the new subscription will be available to users on Android, Twitter web or in countries where Twitter Blue was not yet available. And new Twitter accounts created on or after Wednesday are not “currently” eligible to sign up for Blue, Twitter says.
This, of course, causes a lot of confusion. At first glance, both verified users who got the badge under the old system and users who subscribe to Twitter Blue will get the same Blue Tick. Only when you click on the verified badge will you see what the blue tick of a certain profile actually means.
welcome to the new blue tick Twitter. There are now two blue ticks so you can see who pays $8 or not pic.twitter.com/ALzMSRrztq
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) Nov 9, 2022
Elon Musk suggested that prominent people, such as those of the government or prominent celebrities, have a different kind of… badge, a gray one, although the gray tick is nowhere to be seen.
Twitter rolled out a rather confusing new feature before it was rolled back and removed. After a brief introduction of new “official” verified designations on Twitter, the gray badges disappeared this morning, just hours after they were first noticed. “I just killed it,” Twitter billionaire Elon Musk tweeted in response to a tweet about the gray check disappearing from tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee.
I just killed it
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) Nov 9, 2022
The gray checks would be Twitter’s way of helping the public identify legitimate accounts for public figures, celebrities, news outlets and other high-profile users. To be clear, that’s what the original blue check was for — until Musk said the verified badge would be available for purchase through Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service.
It clearly doesn’t look like Elon Musk has a well thought-out plan on how he plans to implement Twitter Blue Tick for Twitter Blue subscribers and how he plans to use Twitter Gray Check for actually verified users. Decisions that have a lasting and lasting impact on the platform include: be taken on the run and in a blase way. The biggest indicator of this would be the way people were fired from Twitter last week, and then about dozens of fired employees are asked to come back.
Musk’s most recent tweet about all the fiasco seems to be an admission. The “Chief Twit” and the “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” tweeted that in the coming months “Twitter will be a lot of stupid things in the coming months” and that they will “keep what works and change what doesn’t work.”
Keep in mind that Twitter will be doing a lot of stupid things in the coming months.
We keep what works and change what doesn’t.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) Nov 9, 2022
While his admission is admirable, it’s problematic that such experiments, where features are publicly added and then removed, decimate the user experience. That’s why app developers take months to test features in alpha and beta stages.