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Twitter’s Testing New, Themed App Icons for the Holidays


Twitter Blue subscribers may soon have some new festive features to try, with a new set of app icons discovered in the back-end code of the app, aligning with seasonal trends.

Twitter app icons

As you can see in these images, shared by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi, the new icons relate to seasons (top row) and holiday celebrations.

There are also some Kwanzaa themed icons as well.

Twitter app icons

Variable app icons is one of the lesser features of Twitter blå, the platform’s $US2.99 per month subscription program which enables the most dedicated Twitter users to get access to a range of extra tweet features.

The initial Twitter Blue offering, made available to Canadian and Australian users back in June, focused on ‘undo tweet’ as its key element, which enables you to retract a tweet within 30 seconds of sending, helping to catch any errors.

Outside of that, many of the other Twitter Blue options (reader mode, bookmark folders) seemed pretty low-level, and not overly enticing – but then, with the expanded launch of the program to US users earlier this month, Twitter also added ad-free articles, top articles and additional elements that have made it a more valuable consideration.

Twitter Blue top articles

Variable app icons, as noted, is a smaller part of the overall Twitter Blue offering, but still, some people will like the capacity to give their icon a new skin, and maybe also give it a fresh feel in their app listings.

If that sounds like you, you can expect to see these new, colorful icons coming soon, and for $US2.99, you can switch yours to whichever you like.



Musk says Twitter clash with Apple a ‘misunderstanding’


Musk says Twitter clash with Apple a 'misunderstanding'

Apple CEO, Tim Cook. — © AFP

Twitter owner Elon Musk said he met with Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday and “resolved the misunderstanding” that prompted him to declare war on the iPhone maker’s App Store.

“Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store,” Musk tweeted.

“Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

Musk also tweeted a video clip of “Apple’s beautiful HQ” in Cupertino, California, noting that he had had a “good conversation” with Cook.

Apple did not reply to AFP requests for comment.

The world’s richest person opened fire on the planet’s most valuable company early this week over fees and rules at the App Store, saying Apple had threatened to oust his recently acquired social media platform.

The billionaire CEO had tweeted that Apple “threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.”

Apple, which has not issued a public statement on the matter, typically tells developers if fixes need to be implemented in apps to conform to App Store policies.

Analysts told AFP the clash may have came down to money, with Musk irked that the App Store takes a commission on transactions such as subscriptions.

Musk has delayed the relaunch of the Twitter Blue subscription tier intended to have users pay for perks such as account verification check marks.

Twitter rolled out Blue early in November, but pulled the plug after impersonators paid for check marks to appear legitimate in what former head of safety and security Yoel Roth referred to as “a disaster.”

Both Apple and Google also require social networking services on their app stores to have effective systems for moderating harmful or abusive content.

But since taking over Twitter last month, Musk has cut around half of Twitter’s workforce, including many employees tasked with fighting disinformation, while an unknown number of others have quit.

He has also reinstated previously banned accounts, including that of former president Donald Trump.

Describing himself as a “free speech absolutist,” Musk believes that all content permitted by law should be allowed on Twitter, and has described his actions as a “revolution against online censorship in America.”


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