Some of your favorite Twitter follows may start charging you to read their tweets

Twitter Super Follows
Twitter Super Follows

  • Twitter users can now charge a monthly subscription fee for exclusive content with Super Follows.
  • The new feature allows select users to monetize their content for $2.99 to $9.99 a month.
  • For now, Super Follows is only available to select users in the US with 10,000 followers or more.
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Twitter is launching a new feature where users can charge followers to view their tweets.

The new Super Follows feature allows select users to adopt a subscriber-only policy to their tweets, meaning users can pay to view exclusive content from their favorite accounts.

Creators can charge subscribers a monthly cost of $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 a month for their exclusive content. Super Followers can be identified by creators with a little badge that appears next to their name when they reply to the creator’s tweets.

Announced in February, Super Follows is currently available to those who applied to try it out in a test group before it goes public on the platform. Other users interested in trying out this new feature can apply to be put on the waitlist as Super Follows continues to roll out across the US. Creators who opt in to Super Follows must be at least 18 years old and maintain a minimum of 10,000 active followers.

Twitter hopes that this new feature will drive unique conversations on the platform and give creators a new way to make revenue for their contributions to the social media site, a spokesperson from Twitter said in a press release Wednesday.

However, some Twitter users are unsure how Super Follows will actually work, pointing out that content can never be exclusive when users can take screenshots and repost them on the app.

Super Followers can Quote Tweet or Retweet the exclusive content, but non-subscribers only see additional comments on them and not the original tweet, according to Twitter. Non-Super Followers won’t be able to see retweets at all and will instead be instructed to subscribe, according to Twitter.

Creators are eligible to receive 97% of their Super Follows revenue after in-app purchase fees until they reach $50,000 in lifetime earnings across all Twitter monetization products. After they reach $50,000, users are eligible to earn up to 80% in revenue after in-app purchase fees.

Twitter has been experimenting with new ways to pay its creators by creating a tip jar feature, ticketed Spaces, a shopping section, and newsletters. Super Follow is expected to compete with other creator monetization platforms like OnlyFans, Patreon, and Substack as Twitter creates more ways for users to monetize content and keep up with its competitors.

In July, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook and Instagram will be investing more than $1 billion through 2022 in order to pay creators for their content, Insider reported.

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This wine site sends vials of wine instead of full-sized bottles, and it’s perfect for sampling many kinds of wine without spending a lot of money

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product image of two vials lying down from the best wine club 2021 for sampling and tasting Vinebox

  • Vinebox is a company that sends you nine “glasses” of the world’s best wines for under $100.
  • But instead of full bottles, you’ll get vials that hold about a glass of wine each that’s perfect for sampling.
  • It can be a good way to try different high-end wines you would otherwise never be able to afford.

Fresh Reds Wine Collection (small)

Finding out which wines you like can feel more like an accident than any sort of comprehensive, efficient effort. My own history more honestly resembles stumbling around in the dark – and asking my local wine shop experts for blind personal recommendations.

It’s exactly this obscurity that makes intelligent wine services like Vinebox so uniquely appealing. Vinebox sends customers nine wines revolving around different themes and seasons, with collections ranging from around $85 to $95.

Once a wine subscription club, Vinebox has since shifted to an a-la-carte-shop-only model (as of August 2021), allowing you to buy and receive wine collections any time rather than once every three months.

Buying wine online isn’t a new concept, at least when it comes to buying full wine bottles. But it makes sense why Vinebox would send by the glass; the high-end wine selection would cost the average person a small fortune (and probably some plane rides), and trying only by the glass is a low-risk commitment that encourages you to expand your palate.

You’re able to try a variety of really diverse, premium wines for a fraction of the cost required for full bottles, and you won’t be stuck with a wine you hate if you take a chance sampling something more adventurous. If you do love one, then you can buy your own bottle.

How Vinebox works

  1. Visit the shop: Go to the Vinebox shop to see the current lineup of wine collections. They’ll usually focus on some kind of theme, like single varietals or European wines grown in optimal locations.
  2. Taste the wines: Most of the collections contain nine 10 cL vials of wine (some are six-packs instead) and each holds a full glass worth of vino. They come nicely packaged in a sturdy box and with a booklet full of information like tasting notes and how to pronounce the names of each wine. You’ll get to suss out your favorite kinds of wine, learn more about the regions in and processes by which they’re made, and get the most out of the luxury wines sent to you.
  3. Discover favorites: If you love one glass more than most, you can see if a full-sized bottle is available in the shop. However, it may be hard because there are limited quantities available.

booklet of tasting notes and pairings for wine from vinebox review 2021

What the wines are like

Of more than 11,000 fine wines tested by Vinebox, only about 1% make the cut into your box. They’re not the same as your local wine store options (even the really nice ones) – you won’t find anything mass-produced here. Though Vinebox handles the bottling and distribution, all the wine is imported from various winemakers and vineyards in Europe.

Vinebox’s periodic releases are said to be the best wine of the moment – from old vintage cellar releases hitting their “sweet spot” to those that mesh perfectly with current wine trends.

The company uses a closed-nitrogen environment to prevent the wines from ever coming in contact with oxygen. The use of inert gas allows the wines to “maintain their complete bouquet, flavor profile, and mouthfeel” throughout the process. Once they’re encapsulated in the vials, the wines are good for up to three years – though you’ll want to pour yourself a glass much sooner than that.

hand taking out a vial of white wine from vinebox review 2021

Price of Vinebox

The price of each box varies, but they generally cost between $85 to $95, making each glass of wine $9 to $10.50. Standard shipping is free, or you can pay $25 for expedited delivery. It’s also easy to make the shipment a gift and Vinebox lets you add a free gift message.

Review of Vinebox

The last collection I tried from Vinebox was called Back to the Classics. It’s an ode to the “classic” wines of regions like Tuscany, Italy and Burgundy, France and contains four reds, four whites, and one rosé.

All the wines in this particular edition were light- and medium-bodied, so if those are up your alley, you’ll love the box. I enjoyed trying and sipping on all the wines, especially because I tend to be a casual, low-commitment drinker. I hate opening an entire bottle knowing I won’t be able to finish it in one night (or even a few nights), so I really appreciated Vinebox’s unique design. It’s also convenient because all the bottles have screwtops – no bottle opener or corkscrew necessary.

In particular, I liked the Le Gabier Blanc, a medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend with notes of apple and peach, which felt appropriate for the transition from summer to fall. Unfortunately, Vinebox didn’t have a full-sized bottle but it had a similar one – a Godello wine. This was slightly disappointing and I haven’t yet bought the full-sized alternative. It turns out Vinebox didn’t have any of the exact same wines as the samplers for the box I tried, so it might be best not to fall too head over heels for a particular bottle.

Other than the regular year-round offerings, Vinebox sells a holiday favorite: 12 Nights of Wine, a fun take on the traditional advent calendar. This limited-edition box contains 12 bottles and comes in one of three beautiful holiday-themed packaging. Each of the slots is labeled by number, letting you work through the collection one day at a time. Be on the lookout for this highly popular box around the holidays – it always sells out quickly.

holiday themed wine advent calendar called 12 nights of wine from Vinebox review 2021

The bottom line

If you’re looking for an affordable way to try premium wines, or you just want to stop wasting time and get smarter about wine or your own preferences, Vinebox is worth checking out.

The wines are delicious, and the service is convenient. There’s very little chance you’d have the power, money, or time to first become an expert sommelier and then test thousands of wines to pair them down to the perfect litmus test for yourself. This way, you get to maintain your life the way it is and still get to try the best wines of a high variety so you can get into a new hobby, impress dates, or just have less trouble ordering in restaurants.

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Tesla is letting people take out a ‘Full Self-Driving’ subscription for $199 per month

Tesla CEO Elon Musk
Elon Musk.

  • Tesla is offering a new payment method for its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software.
  • Customers can now pay $199 a month, rather than $10,000 upfront.
  • Tesla says customers can cancel their subscription whenever they want.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Tesla owners can now subscribe to have the company’s “Full Self-Driving” software in their cars, rather than paying upfront for it, as first reported by Electrek.

Tesla announced the new payment method Saturday, giving customers an alternative to paying $10,000 to have Full Self-Driving included in their car’s capabilities.

Tesla’s website states the subscription is not a long-term commitment and customers can cancel their subscription “at any time.”

As Tesla warns on its subscription page, its Full Self-Driving mode does not make a vehicle fully autonomous. “The currently enabled features require a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment,” the company said.

Read more: Meet 9 former Tesla execs who left Elon Musk to become power players at rivals like Apple and Rivian

Tesla rolled out a new beta of its Full Self-Driving software this month. While it’s able to control the car in some situations, it still makes major mistakes. Earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk urged customers to “please be paranoid” when using the feature. In addition, Tesla said it may “do the wrong thing at the worst time.”

Tesla has come under fire for its Autopilot software, which includes Full Self-Driving. It is being sued by the family of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash where one of the cars was a Tesla with Autopilot enabled. It’s also under scrutiny from lawmakers, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in June it’s launching an investigation into Autopilot’s role in 30 crashes.

The company attracted particularly intense scrutiny in April after two people died in a fiery Tesla crash and police said no one was behind the wheel. Elon Musk disputed that any Autopilot features were enabled at the time of the crash.

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Spotify is increasing its prices – here’s which plans are getting more expensive

Spotify
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  • Spotify is raising prices for a subscription to its family plan in the US to $15.99.
  • Subscription prices in the UK and Europe are increasing as well.
  • Shares of the music-streaming app rose Monday and Tuesday following the news.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Spotify is upping the prices for some its Premium subscriptions on April 30, affecting users in the US, UK, and Europe.

In the US, Spotify is raising the price for a family subscription, which includes up to six users, to $15.99 from $14.99 per month, while prices for other plans such as Duo, Premium, and Student are unchanged.

In the UK, prices for Spotify Duo and Student are increasing by one euro per month, to £13.99 ($16.90) and £5.99 ($7.24), respectively, while the family plan will increase by two euros to £16.99 ($20.52).

In Europe, the family plan will be €17.99 ($21.73) per month, an increase of 3 euros,according to the Verge. The news site added that Spotify is charging more for plans in other European countries, including Ireland, and some countries in Asia and South America as well.

“We offer a variety of subscription plans tailored to our users’ needs, and we occasionally update our prices to reflect local macroeconomic factors and meet market demands while offering an unparalleled service,” a Spotify spokesperson told Insider in a statement.

The company added that it “continues to innovate and invest in providing our listeners with greater value than ever before, including the best audio content and user experience.”

Read more: Spotify turns 15 today and is worth $50 billion. These 5 key breakthroughs made the streaming giant a massive success.

The music and podcast-streaming app sent out emails to subscribers, informing them of the changes.

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Shares of Spotify rose after the news came out Monday, and rallied again Tuesday after the market opened, according to Markets Insider data. The company is now worth more than $53 billion.

Spotify, which competes with Apple Music, has about 155 million paying subscribers.

For each song streamed, it pays artists less than a penny. Last year, Spotify said artists could promote their music to more listeners, if they took a pay cut on per-stream revenue. Apple, meanwhile, has upped the ante, saying it pays out a penny per stream, Insider reported earlier this month.

Later this year, subscribers in some markets will have access to Spotify HiFi, an upgrade to the sound quality of music that will allow users to “listen to their favorite songs the way artists intended,” the music-streaming app said in a press release.

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Vinebox is an affordable wine subscription that sends vials of wine instead of full-sized bottles – here’s how it works

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best wine club 2021 Vinebox

  • Vinebox is a quarterly wine subscription that sends you nine “glasses” of the world’s best wines for $79.
  • But instead of full bottles, you’ll get vials that hold about a glass of wine each that’s perfect for sampling.
  • It can be a good way to try different high-end wines you would otherwise never be able to afford.

Quarterly Wine Subscription (9 glasses) (small)

Finding out which wines you like can feel more like an accident than any sort of comprehensive, efficient effort. My own history more honestly resembles stumbling around in the dark – and asking my local wine shop experts for blind personal recommendations.

 

It’s exactly this obscurity that makes intelligent wine subscription services like Vinebox so uniquely appealing. Vinebox is a service that sends subscribers nine of the best wines in the world to taste – by the glass – once every three months for $79. Each glass comes out to about $9, which is along the lines of what you’d pay at a nice restaurant. 

While you might be used to this concept when it comes to bottles, it makes sense why Vinebox would send by the glass; the high-end wine selection would cost the average person a small fortune (and probably some plane rides), and trying only by the glass is a really low-risk commitment that encourages you to expand your palette. You’re able to try a variety of really diverse, premium wines for a fraction of the cost required for full bottles, and you won’t be stuck with a wine you hate if you take a chance sampling something more adventurous. If you love one, you can buy your own bottle.

How Vinebox works

  1. Order your first box: You don’t need to take a quiz or sign up for an account first. Just visit this page to view this quarter’s box and decide if the wine assortment sounds interesting.
  2. Taste the wines: Vinebox will send you nine 10 cL vials of wine every quarter and each holds a full glass worth of vino. They come nicely packaged in a sturdy box and with a booklet full of information like tasting notes and how to pronounce the names of each wine. You’ll get to suss out your favorite kinds of wine, learn more about the regions in and processes by which they’re made, and get the most out of the luxury wines sent to you.
  3. Discover favorites: If you love one glass more than most, you can buy a full-sized bottle, or Vinebox will make suggestions for a similar wine. Members also receive credits to buy full-sized bottles so you can save while finding and stocking up on your favorite wines. Quarterly members receive $15 in credits while yearly members receive $30. The credits expire at the end of each quarter.

Vinebox book

What the wines are like

Of more than 11,000 fine wines tested by Vinebox, only about 1% make the cut into your box. They’re not the same as your local wine store options (even the really nice ones) – you won’t find anything mass-produced here. Though Vinebox handles the bottling and distribution, all the wine is imported from various winemakers and vineyards in Europe. 

Quarterly releases are said to be the best wine of the moment – from old vintage cellar releases hitting their “sweet spot” to those that mesh perfectly with current wine trends (which you are now, by virtue of this subscription, apparently on top of). They’re curated by the company’s wine director and sommelier for delivery every three months. 

The company uses a closed-nitrogen environment to prevent the wines from ever coming in contact with oxygen. The use of inert gas allows the wines to “maintain their complete bouquet, flavor profile, and mouthfeel” throughout the process. Once they’re encapsulated in the vials, the wines are good for up to three years – though you’ll want to pour yourself a glass much sooner than that.

Vinebox image

Price of Vinebox

For a quick look at the membership: 

Subscription price: $72 to $79

Subscription frequency: Every 3 months 

Shipping fee: Free 

A la carte shop: Yes 

Vinebox only has a quarterly subscription and each box is $79. Delivery is always free, and you can cancel at any time. You can sign up here.

If you’d like to gift Vinebox, you can either buy an individual box of wines here or sign up the recipient for a six-month or one-year subscription. These are non-renewable payments so no one is surprised or stuck with an unwanted membership. 

The six-month plan comes with two boxes of wine and $15 credit towards full-sized bottles per quarter, totaling $158, or $79 per box. The one-year plan comes with four boxes of wine and $30 credit towards full-sized bottles per quarter, totaling $288, or $72 per box.

If your Vinebox gift is for two people instead of one, you can double the plans and save 10% off your price. That means the six-month plan for two comes out to $284.40 total and the one-year plan for two comes out to $518.40 total.

Review of Vinebox 

Vinebox’s latest collection for fall is called Back to the Classics. It’s an ode to the “classic” wines of regions like Tuscany, Italy and Burgundy, France and contains four reds, four whites, and one rosé. 

All the wines in this particular edition are light- and medium-bodied, so if those are up your alley, you’ll love the box. I enjoyed trying and sipping on all the wines, especially because I tend to be a casual, low-commitment drinker. I hate opening an entire bottle knowing I won’t be able to finish it in one night (or even a few nights), so I really appreciated Vinebox’s unique design. It’s also convenient because all the bottles have screwtops – no bottle opener or corkscrew necessary.  

In particular, I liked the Le Gabier Blanc, a medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend with notes of apple and peach, which felt appropriate for the transition from summer to fall. Unfortunately, Vinebox didn’t have a full-sized bottle but it had a similar one – a Godello wine. This was slightly disappointing and I haven’t yet bought the full-sized alternative. It turns out Vinebox didn’t have any of the exact same wines as the samplers for the box I tried, so it might be best not to fall too head over heels for a particular bottle. 

Other than the quarterly seasonal offering, Vinebox brought back a holiday favorite: 12 Nights of Wine (currently sold out), a fun take on the traditional advent calendar. This limited-edition box contains 12 bottles and comes in one of three beautiful holiday-themed packaging. Each of the slots is labeled by number, letting you work through the collection one day at a time.

12 nights Vinebox

The bottom line

If you’re looking for an affordable way to try premium wines, or you just want to stop wasting time and get smarter about wine or your own preferences, Vinebox is worth checking out.

The wines are delicious, and the service is convenient. There’s very little chance you’d have the power, money, or time to first become an expert sommelier and then test thousands of wines to pair them down to the perfect quarterly litmus test for yourself. This way, you get to maintain your life the way it is and still get to try the best wines of a high variety so you can get into a new hobby, impress dates, or just have less trouble ordering in restaurants.

Quarterly Wine Subscription (9 glasses) (button)

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