When Twitter Blue was announced in June 2021, many people hoped that it would add a new dimension to how users interact with the social media platform. However, Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company brought new features to the app, including the ability for almost anyone willing to pay a premium subscription to become verified, whether they were popular, influential, or not.
With the announcement that the coveted blue tick would be available to anyone willing to pay, verification became a commodity. However, the subscription was not available in all countries where Twitter is available, Nigeria and South Africa were two of them.
Twitter Blue is now available in Nigeria and South Africa, with prices starting at 5,000 and R144.99 per month, respectively. Previously, subscribers in both countries used virtual private networks to gain access to IP addresses in other countries where the service is available.
Twitter is offering a 12% discount to Nigerian users and a 13% discount to South African users if they choose the annual subscription; however, the subscription prices vary depending on device. Those who subscribe on their iOS and Android devices pay a flat rate of 5,000 and R200.00 per month, respectively, while those who subscribe to the web service pay 3,650 and R144.99 per month.
Those who choose an annual subscription will pay R38,500 and R1,519 for web access, respectively, while those using iOS and Android devices will pay R52,900 and R2,099. This has been the standard pricing model in all countries with access to Twitter Blue.
While many users are debating whether or not to subscribe to the service for a blue tick, some have yet to see it on their devices. Despite their location, all they can see is that Twitter Blue is not yet available in their country.
Since Elon Musk took over as CEO in October 2022 for $44 billion, there have been significant changes at the company, particularly with the app. Twitter has divided the timeline into two sections—’For you’ and ‘Following’—but users have recently complained about seeing tweets from people they do not follow or that were retweeted to their timeline.