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Ticketed Spaces & Super Followers: Here’s how to make bank on Twitter

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Think your Tweets are priceless? Starting today, you could make over $50,000 by making your followers pay up to see your Tweets

Starting today, you can apply to be one of Twitter’s first users of its new Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows with your audience.

Twitter is looking for a few users to trial the new features with their audiences before its released more broadly in the coming months. However, at this point the applications are only open to mobile users in the US with over 10,000 followers.

Twitter will take 3% of the cut until $50,000 profit, and $20,000 after

Hosts can earn up to 97% of the revenue from subscriptions, with Twitter not taking more than 3% until they earn over $50,000. After this point, Twitter’s share increases to up to 20% of future earnings. 

To apply to be part of the test groups, open Twitter and navigate to the sidebar, then tap Monetization to learn more and see if you’re eligible.

The company also recently introduced a tipping feature, and is integrating paid newsletters into its service.

Ticketed Spaces

Twitter’s Ticketed Spaces are an exclusive one-time-only event offered to groups between 5 and 100 people. The admission fees to the live-audio conversation events will range from $1 – $999.

Twitter says the feature will ‘facilitate closer connections between the host and their followers.’ The feature also makes Spaces more competitive with Clubhouse, which doesn’t yet have a ticketing feature.

Super Followers

Similarly, the Super Follow feature allows hosts to develop a more direct relationship with their most dedicated followers.

The system will work in a similar way to Only Fans, with followers paying to see exclusive content. Hosts can opt for price points of $2.99, $4.99 or $9.99 per month.

While it does allow hosts to charge for Tweets, Twitter has encouraged creators to get creative with their offerings. . For example, a creator could offer subscribers exclusive access to Q&A sessions.

What will Twitter Blue subscribers get?

Earlier this month, Twitter also started rolling out their new premium subscription service, ‘Twitter Blue‘ in a bid to monetise the platform.

The feature is in its trial stages in Australia and Canada. The new subscription will give followers a host of premium features and perks, similar to Patreon for $4.50 AUD a month.

Bookmark Folders: This feature will allow users to organise their saved Tweets

Undo Tweet: With Undo Tweet, users can set a timer of up to 30 seconds to click undo before the post goes live.

Reader Mode: The new easy-to-read text will make long threads easier to read

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Disney now has as many subscribers as Netflix

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The streaming wars are heating up, with Disney levelling the playing field

Disney has surpassed streaming rival Netflix with the number of subscribers.

It’s the first time the company has recorded such a feat.

Chief Executive Bob Chapek says the company added 14.4 million subscribers to its Disney+ service.

Overall, the franchise has 221 million total subscriptions across its streaming offerings of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+.

That compares to Netlfix’s reported 220.67 million total global subscribers.

“We had an excellent quarter, with our world-class creative and business teams powering outstanding performance at our domestic theme parks, big increases in live-sports viewership, and significant subscriber growth at our streaming services.”

BOB CHAPEk, THE CEO OF DISNEY

It is the first time any competitor has passed Netflix on the number of total subscribers.

Chapek is also rolling out a new pricing strategy to include ads, which is ahead of Netflix’s new offerings.

The company says it will charge less than Netflix in North America but may need a little fairy dust to keep the momentum rolling in the ever-growing streaming space.

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Are foldable smartphones the next big thing?

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Samsung has wrapped its latest Galaxy Unpacked event, announcing two foldables, new smartwatches, and an update to its Galaxy Buds Pro line

Tech commentator Trevor Long, who was at the event, and tech expert Greg Nibler unpack the biggest announcements

What’s changed?

Taking a look at the Galaxy Zed Flip 4, Samsung hasn’t changed the overall design – but new features include the ability to see selfie previews on the cover screen and fast charging.

At a slightly higher cost, there’s the Galaxy Zed Fold 4.

This design remains largely the same, but Samsung has made some big changes to the cameras.

The Galaxy Z Flip 4

What’s probably most interesting about this latest product launch is Samsung’s wearables push.

At the Unpacked event, the tech giant finally unveiled its Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

After serious battery life complaints, the new devices both boast bigger batteries, faster charging, and increased durability.

What was the actual event like?

Tech commentator Trevor Long joined TICKER NEWS live in New York to detail the experience.

“It was still a bit of a hybrid experience. Because this wasn’t a fully in person thing. So basically, all the gathered media were were in a room together. But there was still just a visual presentation or a short introduction from one of their executives to the same visual presentation is pretty much everyone saw on their live stream,” he says.

“But of course, we then got the opportunity to go and go hands on with all the devices. And it’s fascinating in both London and New York, they’ve set up large experience areas where the general public will be able to come through over the next few weeks and actually touch and feel and experience these devices,

“I think it’s a very smart move from Samsung, because the category is still so new. It’s been around for a few years.”

Are people warming to foldable smart phones?

Tech expert Greg Nibler says there were a lot of issues that came out and some kind of bad publicity with Galaxy fold phones, “but it feels like they’ve worked on that quite a bit”.

“Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of people that have been purchasing these overall so far. But I think just the fact that Samsung keeps on pushing this there, regardless of anything that happens, they are going to keep on making these foldable phones because they believe that this is something that people are going to want.”

Meanwhile, Trevor longs believes foldable phones won’t go mainstream.

However, he is in New York with Samsung Australia and was talking to their executive vice president about the demand.

“And he (Aus VP) said they’re seeing nearly 300% demand. Now that’s not purchasing, but they see interest at a peak, the amount of searches and things that are going on. So it there’s definitely demand there.”

But the VP also told Trevor that there will come a time (he didn’t put a date on it) but there will come a time “when the folding format is the primary format”.

Long also commented on the more refined general design.

“I think people will have trust in the fact that they are durable too.”

When is Apple going to come out with their own foldable device?

“I don’t even think it’s going to be this year, probably next year, maybe sometime Apple will do it,” Long says.

Apple

“Apple doesn’t really have something to compare directly. But we’re coming to the watch side. I do think you know, the Galaxy watches certainly made some improvements with this five and the five pro you mentioned the battery life. That’s pretty impressive specs, they said I believe was 40 hours for the watch five and up to 80 hours for the five pro if you’re not using everything on it. That’s, that’s really great..

But is that going to be enough to convince somebody who’s an Apple Watch user to switch out of that ecosystem? Long says “I doubt it.”

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Everything Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Unpacked event

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What’s next for Samsung? All is revealed in New York

Samsung has just wrapped up its latest Galaxy Unpacked event, in New York.

The event saw the release of two new foldable phones, new smartwatches, and an update to the Galaxy Buds Pro.

Taking a look at the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung hasn’t changed the overall design, but new features include the ability to see selfie previews on the cover screen and fast charging.

The Fold also has a new 50-megapixel main camera and a slimmer hinge.

But there’s still a gap when the phone is folded closed, so Samsung hasn’t achieved full foldable flatness just yet.

At a slightly higher cost, there’s the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

This design remains largely the same, but Samsung has made some big changes to the cameras.

It’s available from August 26 a pre-orders are available now.

What’s probably most interesting about this latest product launch is Samsung’s wearables push.

At the Unpacked event, the tech giant finally unveiled its Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

After serious battery life complaints, the new devices both boast bigger batteries, faster charging, and increased durability.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the premium version, made for those who love the great outdoors.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have a fresh design.

Coming in at 15 percent smaller than the originals, they have support a 24-bit hi-fi audio over Bluetooth.

Of course, these updates have a higher price tag attached, with the Buds coming in at around 230 U.S. dollars.

Also of note is Samsung’s sustainability push.

The company gave an insight into how it’s incorporating recycled materials into their new offerings.

Recycled fishing nets are now used to make the Z-series foldable phones and the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

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