Twitter Blue subscribers receive new features, including 60-minute videos plus “prioritized rankings in conversations.”
Twitter has updated its list of features for its Twitter Blue service, enabling subscribers paying $8 a month to upload 60-minute videos at 1080p resolution and 2GB file size. Additionally, subscribers will receive “prioritized rankings in conversations,” — meaning replies by paid accounts will appear before others.
Notably, subscribers uploading from iOS or Android will be limited to 10-minute videos of 512MB in size — the limitations previously permitted through a subscription to Twitter Blue before the change.
In addition to the increased video upload limit, subscribers now receive priority in replies, with a “slight preference for replies from Blue verified accounts over other replies.” Current Twitter CEO Elon Musk has long promised to expand features for Twitter Blue subscribers, including “priority in replies, mentions & search, which is essential to defeat spam/scam.”
The support page for Twitter Blue says that priority replies are now in effect but does not mention priority in searches or mentions. Currently, Twitter offers no details on the specifics of this feature, stating only that “this feature prioritizes your replies on Tweets that you interact with.”
Earlier this month, Twitter Support said the feature is intended to “lower the visibility of scams, spam, and bots.” Still, it begs the question of how Twitter will prevent users from paying for priority just to abuse it, as Musk-owned Twitter has already suffered issues with its moderation.
Last month, certain accounts were caught uploading movies to Twitter in 2-minute chunks at a time, which went seemingly undetected by Twitter moderators. Twitter’s algorithm then recommended some users the pirated content. Allowing longer video uploads may create issues of piracy should users abuse the feature to upload movies or episodes of TV shows before Twitter moderation can remove it.
Before the update, Twitter Blue features included bookmark folders, a reader interface for long threads, and the ability to “undo” a tweet shortly after posting. Recently, Twitter also added view counts to tweets for all users.