What Twitter’s Product Roadmap Might Look Like

Platformer provided insight on the changes that could be planned for Twitter, in regards to some of Twitter’s products. Some have already been revealed, while others might be potential changes that don’t see the light of day.

Some of the product road map is, by this point, well known: Musk plans to begin charging for verification through Twitter Blue, likely at $8 a month; he is exploring the revival of the short-form video product Vine; he is considering allowing creators to put video posts behind a paywall, OnlyFans-style. The New York Times also reported that Twitter is looking into letting users pay to send direct messages to high-profile users.

According to Platformer:

The product formerly known as Super Follows, which lets creators put some of their tweets behind a paywall, is set to relaunch as “subscriptions” on November 11.

Twitter’s Notes product, which allowed long-form writing on the platform, has been put on an indefinite “pause.” Revue, the newsletter platform that Twitter acquired in early 2021, is scheduled to be shut down by the end of the year.

According to Platformer, a recently revealed plan to build a crypto wallet for Twitter appears to be on pause as well.

Gizmodo reported that both the Notes feature and the recently revealed crypto wallet that are paused were features that were long-requested by the blogging types and crypto bros, respectively. Gizmodo says it could not independently verify Platformer’s report, and Twitter did not respond for comment.

That said, Gizmodo wrote that Casey Newton, who writes for the Platformer blog, “has street cred on the tech beat and has access to internal Twitter slack, which leads credibility to his report.”

Coindesk reported that Dogecoin (DOGE) recently sank almost 10% in the aftermath of the news that Twitter’s crypto wallet plan has been paused. According to Coindesk, the meme coin’s price has consistently reacted to Musk’s activities and pronouncements. The billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla CEO has been a major advocate for the token.

Coindesk also reported that at the time of publication, Twitter had not responded to a CoinDesk request for comment about its plans for the crypto wallet.

What about Vine? Protocol reported: There’s a collective tech nostalgia of what could’ve been, would’ve been, should’ve been when it comes to Vine. It had all the early hallmarks of TikTok: the vitality, the influencers, the marketing. But three years after a 2013 launch which saw it at the top of the app charts, Twitter shut Vine down.

According to Niko Bonatsos, an investor at General Catalyst, nostalgia alone will certainly drive some people to return to Vine if Twitter reboots it. But sentimentality for an app won’t mean it becomes useful overnight. He stated that most of Vine’s original fans from nearly 10 years ago are no longer in their teenage or college years, with loads of free time to spend on social media, but are now working adults, perhaps with family.

In my opinion, there is no way to know, for certain, what Twitter will do. It has definitely gotten more chaotic than typical after Elon Musk took over. I think the smart thing would be to assume that Twitter won’t actually implement any of those features, including the ones that people appear to really want.

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