It’s been coming for some time, however Twitter has right now confirmed that Twitter Blue subscribers – all 650k of them – can now add movies as much as two hours lengthy within the app.
As per Twitter:
“Subscribers can add movies as much as 2 hours lengthy (1080p) on twitter.com and Twitter for iOS. Subscribers can add movies as much as 10 minutes lengthy on Android. For those who aren’t a Twitter Blue subscriber, you possibly can nonetheless add movies as much as 140 seconds lengthy on any platform.”
So a fairly large discrepancy there – simply over 2 minutes of add capability free of charge customers, however movie-length uploads for paying subscribers.
Which might be appropriately. Although, evidently, longer add capability hasn’t been a lot of an enticement for Twitter Blue subscribers simply but, on condition that Twitter added hour-long uploads into the Twitter Blue providing back in December, and up to now, solely about 0.3% of Twitter customers have signed as much as the $8 monthly bundle.
However then once more, once you additionally take into account that 80% of Twitter users don’t ever post anything to the app, Twitter solely must get a small share of energetic customers to pay up and begin posting longer clips for this to be of profit, not less than to a point.
With the appointment of NBCU exec Linda Yaccarino because the new CEO of the company, Twitter additionally appears to be trying to make video content material a much bigger focus, with Tucker Carlson’s new Twitter show doubtlessly simply the primary in a brand new sequence of unique video content material additions.
Twitter chief Elon Musk has lengthy talked about Twitter competing with YouTube for video talent, and possibly, utilizing Yaccarino’s expertise in constructing a subscription TV service (Peacock), the corporate will now look to truly enact this, and push video content material to the forefront within the app.
Which received’t be straightforward, and the motivation actually isn’t there as but to get creators posting unique content material to the app. But when Twitter can set up a brand new income share program – one other factor that Musk has talked about – then there could possibly be a extra viable path ahead in bringing extra viewers to the app, and constructing advert alternatives.
Although viewers attain just isn’t the factor that’s protecting advertisers away from Twitter proper now. Twitter has misplaced round 50% of its top advertisers since Musk took over, as a consequence of issues along with his method to ‘free speech’, and the content material, and customers, that he’s permitting to stay energetic within the app.
Advertisers don’t need their promotions showing alongside offensive materials, whereas Twitter can also be permitting advertisements to be topic to Neighborhood Notes, the place customers can refute the claims made in them – which Musk additionally says has lost Twitter some of its big spenders.
With these latest developments at Twitter in thoughts, it might not matter if it could possibly construct its video viewers – however then once more, usually, when you have giant sufficient attain, advertisers will comply with, whatever the perceived dangers.
Yaccarino additionally has much more expertise than Musk on the video entrance, and she or he might look to shift Twitter in that path, which is probably going one other key factor of her appointment.
No matter comes subsequent, it appears clear that video will play a much bigger position, and longer uploads are one other piece of that puzzle, which might assist to shift person behaviors.