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Twitter gets ready to announce the cancellation of Communities in, like, 5 months

Twitter gets ready to announce the cancellation of Communities in, like, 5 months

Remember Twitter Fleets? The Instagram Stories clone allowed users to post ephemeral "fleets" that lasted 24 hours, could contain text, photos, or videos, and are now gone forever because no one actually used them. Twitter has been on a roll lately when it comes to adding new features, with things like Safety Mode, Super Follows, and the ability to remove followers all starting to undergo testing over the last couple. Now Twitter is adding another feature to this list, Twitter Communities, but what are the odds this one might be headed right down the same unceremonious path that Fleets just followed?

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RIP Twitter Fleets, 2020-2021

RIP Twitter Fleets, 2020-2021

It wasn't that long ago that every app installed on your phone introduced unique spins on timed content. Spurred by the success of Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories, everyone from Spotify to Pinterest to Venmo decided posting videos and photos with an included expiration date was the way of the future. Twitter brought its own take on the concept to its app last year, but like the content itself, it's time for Fleets to expire.

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Twitter is trying out upvotes and downvotes in its latest beta test

Twitter is trying out upvotes and downvotes in its latest beta test

Say what you will about Twitter: it's constantly evolving as a service. Whether it's introducing a paid subscription option that adds an "undo" button or deleting Fleets from the app for good, it's been a busy, ever-evolving year for the social network everyone loves to hate. A new beta test for Twitter introduces various upvote and downvote options specifically for replies, though only time will tell if these tools actually come to a wider audience.

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You can now log into Twitter on Android with your 2FA key alone

You can now log into Twitter on Android with your 2FA key alone

Twitter has had two-factor security based on physical keys, like the Yubikey or Google's Titan keys, for a long time. You've been able to log in with said keys on your phone (assuming your key works with your phone) for a few months. But what if you have to manage your company's PR Twitter account while on the go? Or more typically, what if you have a USB-A key for your desktop and an NFC key for mobile usage?

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Twitter thinks you will pay it to undo your bad tweets (instead of just deleting them for free)

Twitter thinks you will pay it to undo your bad tweets (instead of just deleting them for free)

After nearly a year of rumors and hintsnot to mention a pricing leak earlier this week — Twitter has finally announced a paid tier for anyone who just can't get enough of their feed. It's coming to Canada and Australia first, with a couple of long-requested power features locked behind a monthly subscription.

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Premium Twitter Blue subscription launch looks imminent

Premium Twitter Blue subscription launch looks imminent

Twitter seems to be prepping for the launch of Twitter Blue, a premium package of features including the ability undo certain tweets, organize favorite posts into collections, and utilize its recently acquired Scroll paid newsfeed service, at least for iOS.

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Your chance to apply for Twitter verification is finally arriving

Your chance to apply for Twitter verification is finally arriving

After announcing an overhaul of the verification process late last year, Twitter is nearly ready to start accepting submissions. The company's spent the past few months gathering feedback from the public to make sure its new approach doesn't present any glaring issues, and this week announced that the option to apply for verification is finally starting to appear.

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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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