Days After Gab Announces Pay Model, Twitter Says They Are Thinking About TweetDeck Premium

Days After Gab Announces Pay Model, Twitter Says They Are Thinking About TweetDeck Premium


Days after Gab (a Twitter alternative) announced a pay version of the site, Twitter has told the media that it is also exploring a new premium iteration of sorts. Basically, the plan involved a souped-up version of its TweetDeck tool. To be clear, 90% of the time I’m using Twitter, it’s through TweetDeck. It’s basically for power users of the service. Most people can barely understand how regular Twitter works, much less TweetDeck. So, it’s safe to say that this plan is aimed at degenerates like myself.

TweetDeck looks something like this when you have it setup…

Those black squares are also columns, I just blocked them out because I didn’t want to give away my secret sauce. Here’s some more on the plan from Reuters

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is considering whether to build a premium version of its network aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time…

But unlike the much-larger Facebook Inc (FB.O), Twitter has failed to attract enough in advertising revenue to turn a profit even as its popularity with U.S. President Donald Trump and other celebrities makes the network a constant center of attention.

Twitter is conducting a survey “to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck,” which is an existing tool that helps users navigate the network, spokeswoman Brielle Villablanca said in a statement on Thursday.

She went on: “We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”

There was no indication that Twitter was considering charging fees from all its users.

The premium TweetDeck, if it ends up happening, will apparently look something like this…

As you can see, this version of TweetDeck is packed with real-time insights and has the ability to schedule tweets, among other things. The only problem is, I can’t imagine that there are more than 250,000 people who would even be interested in such a product. I’m one of the people who might be, if it was at a reasonable price point Anything more than $5 is too much, in my opinion. It’s one of the reasons I think Gab’s premium service should have been priced at $3.99 or $4.99…basically anything below $5. I just feel like that would end up making them more money in the long run.

But hey, I might be wrong. Plus, Gab is a smaller company and likely needs some capital, so I won’t judge them negatively for their plan. Still, I think they should at least look into some of the things WWE Network does, like giving out free months here and there, special events, stuff like that. As far as Twitter goes, I guess we’ll see what their aim is. If they want more people to have it, they will put it in the Gab ballpark. If they only want mainstream media and corporate tweeters to have it, then it will likely be much more.

It is an interesting idea to wring more money out of power users like myself, though. We’ll see if it ends up going forward.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • tz1

    As they say, if you aren’t paying for the product, you ARE the product.
    I went pro because I value the content – and contribute to Stefan Molyneux, Right-Side Broadcasting Network and others (consider

    Someone has to pay for everything, and its either the users or lefty billionaires.

    • Sparxz

      Very difficult to get one.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    I can’t imagine giving twatter money directly, they’ve rendered their service unusable and with Mister Metokur banned it’s pretty much only good for keeping up with Trump now.

    • Lost Question

      wonder when the potus account will move off twitter

      • Maintenance Renegade

        It wont move of Trump’s own accord but rather it’ll be banned by twatter itself, banning PotUS Trump will be twatter’s rock bottom moment and their shares will drop by at least two dollars within a single trading day but likely more like five or six. It’ll be in retaliation for some major policy or another Trump enacts and after Twatter’s CFO hands Dorsey a memo stating that the company is going under within a year. Twatter is already a junk stock and it’s current strategy is just driving more userbase away.

  • Warped Sage

    Great, now maybe Twitter can steal the idea of not censoring and shadow banning everyone.

  • Sparxz

    Started out my Social media life on Twitter. Because of Censorship, Banning of freinds, and Shaddow banning, I moved to GAB(in run up to Trump election). When Some weeks after signing up to GAB, they sent out new T&C including indemnification contract for all of ‘their’ activities(not just my own). Sent a Query never got a response. Got very suspicious of GAB & never ticked the box & so dumped GAB.
    Lost my new Followers(sad). But Freedom of Speech and Privacy are worth more to me.
    Still use Twitter and scan the horizon for real alternatives, eg here’s a round-up report:

  • Typical

    Trump should just buy twitter and make Milo Chief diversity officer.

    • Grust

      If that happens, even I will get a Twitter account.

      • Typical

        me too.

    • seKxXcb5jZ

      And change the name to Trumpit.