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Super Follows from Twitter works strangely on iOS


Twitter’s Super Follow feature uses a peculiar system that gives each user their own in-app purchase, where each subscription to the feature is a single in-app purchase for each account with the feature set up.

It means the extraordinary system, which I spotted it App researcher Jane Manchun Wong reports that for every Super Follow, there is a single in-app purchase for that particular account.

Some observers speculate that every in-app Super Follow purchase must be manually set up by Twitter via the App Store, making the system even more unconventional.

The App Store does not allow multiple instances of the same subscription. As a result, other platforms such as YouTube and Twitch have found ways to get around the in-app purchase limits. This is by allowing each user to purchase an affiliate code that can be directed towards a specific content creator.

This means that there could be thousands of in-app purchases via Twitter. This reduces the value of the Twitter Blue subscription for the platform and paid audio rooms.

The App Store page across the platform only shows 10 in-app purchases. This is because it is impractical to show the entire list.

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Super Follows from Twitter works strangely on iOS

Apple allows developers to create up to 10,000 in-app purchases. But it’s not clear if the social network may limit the number of users eligible to sell Super Follows to 10,000 minus Ticketed Spaces and Twitter Blue.

The platform announced Super Follows earlier this year. This allows creators with at least 10,000 followers to select a subscription of up to $9.99 per month in exchange for access to exclusive tweets.

The launch of Super Follows marked the beginning of the end for free content across the platform, and the beginning of a new future for the microblogging app

The platform takes a 3% commission from Super Follow subscriptions up to a total of $50,000. This makes Apple’s 30 percent in-app purchase fee significantly larger.

The platform said: It found that setting Super Follows in this way made it easier to manage subscriptions through the current Apple system.

On top of that, we listen to feedback and adjust our plans as needed as we roll out Super Follows more broadly.

The feature was launched earlier this month in the US and Canada. But it should roll out globally via iOS in the next few weeks.

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