Bluesky, an alternative to X, hit a record number of subscribers a day after Elon Musk’s announcement that his platform would become a subscription-only app.
X’s boss has suggested that everyone may soon have to pay a “small monthly” fee to use X, formerly known as Twitter.
The tech billionaire said the controversial measure was necessary to address concerns raised by bots on the platform.
That’s about the same number of views as every newspaper article on the planet
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2023
Musk has made significant changes since acquiring Twitter for $44 billion in October 2022, from introducing subscription-based Blue Tick certification to rebranding the platform to X.
Do you want paid verification to be paid only?
Musk will introduce paid verification in November 2022 for $8 per month, allowing users to access posts, semi-ads, long posts, text formatting, bookmark folders, non-fungible token (NFT) profile photos, long-form videos, and more. It provided exclusive features such as the ability to edit. .
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Other social media platforms tried to take advantage of Musk’s less user-friendly decision to remove the traditional verification checkmark. However, it was later copied.
However, Musk has also made other controversial statements regarding the future of X users, suggesting that users will have to pay a fee.
“I would say that the most important reason to move to paying a small monthly fee for using the X system is because I see it as the only way to combat vast armies of bots.” Said Musk.
Musk said bots cost just pennies, but even if someone has to pay a few dollars, the effective cost of a bot is very high.
“And every time you introduce a new bot, you also have to acquire a new payment method,” Musk said.
Will Bluesky be the next Twitter?
Despite Musk’s war on bot logic for introducing paid-only features, a majority of the public disagrees.
“Hell no, no. If I ever get charged anything like that, I’m going to move to Bluesky permanently,” one user says. I have written With X.
I haven’t seen anyone say that without saying it yet, but I’m going to go ahead and predict that Bluesky is going to be the next Twitter, and we all need to plan accordingly. I think there is. I don’t think it will happen overnight, but people are ready to flee this place and will be killed if fired.
— Velodus (@velodus) April 27, 2023
Despite having fun interacting with people, some users see it as a trigger to close their X account.
“No way! I really enjoy interacting with people. But I don’t rely on Twitter to make my life better. In fact, I’ve closed my account too many times. I thought about giving it a try.” expressed another user.
In less than 24 hours after Musk’s remarks, more than 42,000 new users flooded Bluesky, marking the platform’s highest single-day subscriber count ever. Bluesky initially debuted as an invite-only platform earlier this year, but has seen a surge in registrations.
Would you pay to use X?
I won’t pay because it’s annoying.
I don’t like this Elon Musk
I will not pay any fees for using this shell.
I won’t buy him another boat
I won’t pay a penny
No funds will be given to Forney Stark.
Who took a lark and killed this platform?
— James Fell (@BodyForWife) September 19, 2023
Former Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey backed the decentralized X rival, which launched in March.
By the end of September 19, Bluesky had recorded a total of 53,585 new registrations.
This daily influx of new users accounts for 5% of the platform’s overall user base. stand The total number of accounts is 1,183,616.
So since Mr. Musk merged it into Company I got the opportunity to fill it through.
Is it worth paying for X?
Despite Bluesky’s increase in new users and dissatisfaction among X users, some users believe that X is worth paying for.
“Now I’m paying it. Social media is a big part of my job, so for me it’s worth it,” he wrote. Zeel.
In recent polls poll In a survey conducted on X, 86.5% said they were not willing to pay for Twitter usage, while 13.5% said they were still willing to pay.
“I have mixed feelings on this matter. He definitely needs to abolish hate speech altogether.” I have written Another Xer.