Are Users Shifting Towards Bluesky Following Musk’s Hint of a Subscription-Only X App?

Are Users Shifting Towards Bluesky Following Musk's Hint of a Subscription-Only X App?

Bluesky, the X alternative, saw record signups the following day of Elon Musk’s announcement to make his platform a subscription-only app.

The X boss has suggested that everyone might soon need to pay a “small monthly” fee to use X, formerly known as Twitter.

The tech billionaire stated that this controversial measure is necessary to address the concerns raised by bots on the platform.

Musk has made significant changes since his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in October 2022, from introducing subscription-based Blue Tick verification to the rebranding of the platform as X.

Paid verification to paid only?

Musk introduced paid verification back in November 2022 for $8 a month with exclusive features like the ability to edit posts, half-ads, longer posts, text formatting, bookmark folders, non-fungible token (NFT) profile pictures, longer form videos, etc.

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Other social media platforms tried to capitalize on Musk’s not-user-friendly decision to remove the legacy verification checkmark; however, later on, it was copied.

However, Musk makes yet another controversial statement regarding the future of X users, as he indicates users have to pay.

“I say that the single most important reason that we’re moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the X system is that it’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots,” said Musk.

A bot costs just a fraction of a penny, but if somebody even has to pay a few dollars, the effective cost of bots is very high, according to Musk.

“And then you also have to get a new payment method every time you have a new bot,” said Musk.

Bluesky will be the next Twitter?

Despite Musk’s bot-fighting logic for the introduction of the paid-only feature, the majority of the public does not agree.

“Feck no. I’ll be migrating permanently to Bluesky if that fee thing happens,” a user wrote on X.

Some of the users are taking it as a triggering moment to close their X account, despite enjoyable interactions with people.

“No way!  I really enjoy the interactions with people; however, I do not rely’ on Twitter to make my life better. In fact, there are many times I have considered closing my account,” expressed another user.

In just under 24 hours following Musk’s remarks, over 42,000 new users flocked to Bluesky, marking it as the platform’s highest signup day to date. Bluesky, which initially debuted earlier this year as an invite-only platform, experienced this surge in registrations.

Jack Dorsey, a former Twitter co-founder, backed the decentralized X rival, which was launched in March.

By the end of Sept. 19, Bluesky recorded a grand total of 53,585 new registrations.

This one-day influx of new users constitutes 5 percent of the platform’s overall user base, which currently stands at 1,183,616 total accounts.

Hence, since Musk merged it into X Corp., which Dorsey believes was not “essential“, his platform has the chance to fill the gap left by his former innovation, Twitter, through Bluesky.

Paying for X is worth it

Despite the hike in new users of Bluesky and frustration among X users, some of them believe that paying for X is worth it.

“I currently pay for it. It’s worth it for me because social media is a big part of my job,” wrote an Xer.

In a recent voting poll conducted on X, 86.5% were not willing to pay Twitter to use it, while 13.5% were still willing to pay.

“I have mixed feelings on this subject; he definitely needs to bring down the hate speech across the board,” wrote another Xer.

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