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$3 'Twitter Blue' subscription may include Scroll news and better bookmarks, but not editable tweets

$3 'Twitter Blue' subscription may include Scroll news and better bookmarks, but not editable tweets

Last year, Scroll was launched as an all-new way to pay for some of your favorite publishers — including us! — while blocking ads. The app tells sites not to deliver advertisements to your browser using third-party cookies, improving the experience immensely. Big changes for Scroll are on the horizon, though, as Twitter has announced its plans to acquire Scroll.

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Twitter for Android finally gets a search feature that should've arrived much sooner

Twitter for Android finally gets a search feature that should've arrived much sooner

While direct messages are great for private conversations on Twitter, it gets increasingly challenging to locate that one thread you're looking for in the long list you’ve built up over the years. To make the process smoother, Twitter is finally adding a search bar in the DM section of its Android app — about two years after the iOS app got one.

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No, you're not crazy — Twitter has a new font

No, you're not crazy — Twitter has a new font

Back in January, Twitter revealed that it had made a new branded font family for its products, called Chirp. (Get it — Twitter, Chirp?) After laying low for the last few months, based on user reports, that new Chirp font has started rolling out to the web version of Twitter starting today.

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Twitter's new Tip Jar makes it super easy to support your favorite creators

Twitter's new Tip Jar makes it super easy to support your favorite creators

More often than not when a tweet goes viral, we see follow-up tweets that ask for support, sometimes monetary. Twitter has noticed this too and so it's introducing Tip Jar to make it easier than ever to send money to your favorite creators or organizations.

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Twitter is killing Nuzzel and it's ok if you have no idea what that means

Twitter is killing Nuzzel and it's ok if you have no idea what that means

Twitter is working on a subscription service, hoping to get people hooked with incentives such as an Undo Send button. In its latest attempt to spice up this service Twitter acquired Scroll, which lets readers support their favorite publishers (including us) while blocking ads. This development also sunsets a personalized daily news service called Nuzzel, which is owned by Scroll.

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Twitter's Clubhouse competitor Spaces now widely available

Twitter's Clubhouse competitor Spaces now widely available

Twitter's "please don't call it Clubhouse" feature, Spaces, started rolling out to at least some users last week. Today the company announced that anyone on Android or iOS can now host a Space ... as long as they have 600 followers or more. Which seems like a weird limitation if you want to get people excited about a new feature.

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You can now host Twitter's Clubhouse-style chatrooms on the Android app

You can now host Twitter's Clubhouse-style chatrooms on the Android app

It seems like every major tech company is in a mad dash to create a feature that's at least somewhat similar to Clubhouse. Twitter is no exception: it's been slowly integrating Spaces into the beta version of its Android app. As of yesterday, at least some users (including multiple members of the AP team) on the main app release have been able to create and host Spaces.

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Twitter just had a brief outage

Twitter just had a brief outage

Social media platform Twitter experienced a brief outage this afternoon with outage reports to Downdetector spiking to more than 80,000 starting around 4:45 p.m. PDT. Service appears to have continued beginning around 5:20 p.m.

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PWAs can start building fancier install screens, making them feel more like traditional apps

PWAs can start building fancier install screens, making them feel more like traditional apps

Progressive web apps are great alternatives to installing applications from the Play Store, offering many of the same features at a fraction of the size. Google is constantly working to improve the experience of using PWAs on Chrome across all platforms, aiming to match what most expect from traditional apps. Going forward, developers can start including content for an all-new installation screen for their progressive web apps, with Twitter being the first to implement the changes.

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