Snap Inc. is testing a paid subscription plan that gives users early access to new and exclusive features, PCMag reported.
The Verge reported that Snapchat Plus will apparently give users early access to features, as well as other abilities. This comes from a statement from Snap spokesperson Liz Markman, who said:
“We’re doing early internal testing of Snapchat Plus, a new subscription service for Snapchatters. We’re excited about the potential to share exclusive, experimental, and pre-release features with our subscribers, and learn more about how we can best serve our community.”
There does not appear to be a whole lot known about what Snapchat Plus would offer. The Verge pointed out that app Researcher Alessandro Paluzzi posted screenshots and information about Snapchat Plus on Twitter:
“So… by subscribing to #Snapchat+ you can:
1 Pin a friend as a #1 BFF
2 Get access to exclusive Snapchat icons
3 Display a badge in your profile
4 See your orbit with BFF
5 See your Friend’s whereabouts in the last 24 hours
6 See how many friends have rewatched your story”
She also pointed out that seeing your friend’s whereabouts in the last 24 hours is only possible if your friends share their location with you. Alessandro Paluzzi started her thread with screenshots that show a variety of prices: 4.59 € /month, 24.99 € / 6 months, 45,99 € /year It is hard to know for certain what the subscription prices will be until Snapchat Plus launches.
TechCrunch reported that the paid subscription tier would give users early access to experimental feature like pinning certain conversations and exclusive icons. According to TechCrunch, Snapchat hasn’t specified what exact benefits Snapchat Plus users would have, nor when it would be rolling out.
TechCrunch also wrote: It is not clear how Snapchat will differentiate between what’s presented to SnapChat Plus subscribers, who are paying for the privilege of using experimental and pre-release features; and those who are part of Snapchat’s existing beta program, which is free (as most beta testing normally is).
As always, we won’t know for certain exactly what Snapchat Plus will offer, or what people will be expected to pay for it. This comes as various other social media sites have begun adding their own paid subscription services. Personally, I doubt anyone is going to subscribe to each and every one of them. People will pick their favorite and ignore the rest.