Twitter is making its next function chargeable. The short message service is making its Tweetdeck disappear behind the paywall. This means that the popular function is now only available to Twitter Blue subscribers.
The takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk caused quite a stir. Even in the months that followed, the company did not settle down. Between management changes and mass layoffs, the new owner’s requests for change brought quite a bit of turmoil to the company.
At the beginning of this week, the next big change in the short message service followed with the reading limit for tweets. Shortly afterwards, the company announced another change. The Twitter dashboard Tweetdeck is to disappear behind the paywall in future.
Tweetdeck moves behind the paywall
Twitter has introduced the new Tweetdeck in a tweet from its support account. But some users will only be able to enjoy the new feature for a few days.
In 30 days, the new version of the Twitter dashboard will go behind the paywall. Tweetdeck will then become a function that only verified accounts with a Blue subscription can access.
There will also be no option for users to stay with the old version. All accounts will have to switch to the new version of Tweetdeck – which is why the paywall will also apply to all accounts.
Twitter has been planning an overhaul for some time
Twitter had already announced a Tweetdeck overhaul two years ago. This was to be done “from the ground up”, as the head of product at the time, Kayvon Beykpour, announced in an interview with The Verge.
Tweetdeck has been unusable for many users in recent weeks, according to The Verge. According to two employees, this was because Twitter removed outdated APIs to minimise data scraping.
According to The Verge, the problems increased after Twitter introduced its tweet limit. However, an employee announced on Twitter that there is no connection.