To further Elon Musk and the company’s goal of turning Twitter Blue into the app’s primary source of revenue, Twitter is focusing their attention on increasing the number of paid subscriptions to the service.
Twitter has expanded Twitter Blue access to Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The idea is that if users write interesting tweets, they will get compensated for the discussion they generate.
Musk has also hinted at allowing some users to avoid having to pay for basic API access when it becomes unavailable next week. Twitter Blue currently has 300k sign-ups, but that’s only 0.12% of its active user base paying for a blue tick.
If more people sign up, Twitter can then use Twitter Blue as a form of ‘payment verification, meaning that accounts that don’t have a tick are increasingly likely to be bots.