After rebranding Twitter as X, Elon Musk has set his sights on transforming the platform into an all-in-one super-app. This ambitious plan aims to encompass services ranging from messaging, social networking, and peer-to-peer payments. The latest addition to the expanding feature list is the introduction of video and audio calls, initially available to a select group of users.In August, Musk teased the upcoming feature, emphasizing that users won’t need a traditional phone number to make calls. This functionality will be accessible on Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and personal computers. Moreover, recent reports indicate that X is exploring a new subscription model, aptly named ‘Not a Bot.’ This model will charge users for actions such as likes, reposts, citing others’ posts, and bookmarking. The primary goal behind this move is to combat the presence of bots and spammers on the platform. Subscription fees will vary based on exchange rates and the user’s location.
Initially, the new subscription model will roll out to users in New Zealand and the Philippines. Users who opt not to subscribe will still have the ability to view and read posts, watch videos, and follow accounts. Elon Musk’s X is making strategic moves to emulate platforms like LinkedIn and job search apps, allowing for a broader range of services. This vision bears similarities to China’s WeChat app, which facilitates financial transactions, ticket bookings, and more. It’s a noteworthy evolution for Twitter, which started as a micro-blogging site and is now expanding its horizons, potentially even venturing into the world of online job searching.