Billionaire Elon Musk is the owner and CEO of social media platform Twitter. Since taking over the platform, Musk has laid out several strategic priorities, including more aggressive monetization efforts. Here’s a look at one of these monetary pursuit endeavors.
What Happened: In April, Musk rebranded “Super Follows” on Twitter to “Subscriptions,” which allow Twitter users the ability to monetize themselves through upgrades for their followers.
Musk previously said that Twitter will take a 10% cut of monetization from users after 12 months, while at present, the entirety of subscription earnings is channeled to users from Twitter.
The Twitter CEO may have accidentally unveiled how many subscribers he has last month with a screenshot showing that Musk had 24,700 subscribers paying him $4 per month. This would translate to monthly earnings of $98,800 for Musk based solely on his Twitter subscribers.
Musk has encouraged others on Twitter to launch subscriptions to monetize themselves, and has even personally subscribed to some users.
Earlier in the year, Musk became the most followed individual on Twitter, boasting a massive following of 140.9 million people. Musk himself follows a modest number of 309 individuals and accounts on the platform.
Twitter now shows how many people each user subscribes to, which means we can track that Musk subscribes to 77 accounts.
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Musk’s Subscription List: Here is a rundown of the individuals to whom Musk is subscribed, their identities, and how much they charge per month:
- Mario Nawfal: Twitter Spaces host, $1
- DrKnowItAll: Hosts a YouTube channel about Tesla, $3
- Andrew McCarthy: Photographer, $4.99
- Liv Boeree: Podcast Host, $4
- Jon Erlichman: Bloomberg Anchor, $3
- Earl of FrunkPuppy: Posts photos of puppies in frunks, $2.99
- Chris Bergin: Space industry reporter, $5
- Deborah: Artist, $3
- Doge Designer: Dogecoin & MyDoge UX & UI, $2
- Robert Scoble: AI chief strategy officer, $2
- Tim Urban: Writer and illustrator, $3
- Katherine Brodsky: Writer, $4
- Marcus House: YouTube host, space industry, $5
- Kris Kashtanova: AI educator, $20
- YouSuck2020: Japanese entrepreneur, $30
- Munro Live: Automotive expert with teardown videos, $3
- RGV Aerial Photography: Photographer, $2.99
- Mike Solana: Vice President Founders Fund, $3
- How Things Work: Covering inner workings of tech, ai, art and science, $3
- K10: Tesla writer, $4.99
- KanekoaTheGreat: Independent citizen journalist, $5
- Science Girl: Sharing videos, $3
- TechAU: Tech reviews, $3
- Historic Vids: Daily history lessons, $4.99
- Ashley St. Clair: The Babylon Bee, $4.99
- Andrea Stroppa: cybersecurity and data analysis, $3
- Marques Brownlee: Web video producer, $5
- Slashdot: News for nerds, $3
- Ellie in Space: YouTube host, $3
- Non Aesthetic Things: Posting memes, $1
- World of Statistics: Statistics shared, $3
- Gaut: Posts ideas and “tweets that won’t put you to sleep”, $1
- WSB Chairman: Wall Street Bets Chairman, $4.99
- Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo: Writer at Tesmanian about SpaceX, $5
- Ian Miles Cheong: Twitter Spaces host, $5
- Lex Fridman: Podcast host, Research scientist at MIT, $2
- Libs of TikTok: Far-right social media account, $3
- Austen Allred: Co-founder/CEO Bloom Tech, $2
- Daniel: Growing Daniel, $3
- CarDealershipGuy: Insights on auto markets, $6
- Zuby: Rapper, author, $7
- Siriam Krishnan: a16z crypto investor, $1
- Seth Dillon: The Babylon Bee, $3
- Sir Doge of the Coin: Dogecoin and memes, $5
- The Babylon Bee: Fake news, satire site and socials, $3
- Massimo: astronomy, astronautics, meteorology and physics, $2
- AK: AI research paper tweets, $4.99
- Everyday Astronaut: professional rocket specialist, $5
- Niche Gamer: Gaming and culture site, $5
- Gail Alfar: Tesla blogger, $4.99
- Smoke Away: documenting the singularity, $4
- Christopher Stanley: engineering at Twitter, SpaceX, $1
- Ramp Capital Guy: social media influencer, $2.99
- Ed Krassenstein: Independent journalist, $4
- MrBeast: Content creator, YouTube host, $5
- ALX: News personality, $3
- Aesthetica: aesthetics, history, $5
- The Redhead Libertarian: Media personality, $5
- Wall Street Silver: Social media, $3
- Solving The Money Problem: Tesla blogger, $5
- T(w)itter Daily News: News on Twitter 2.0, $5
- Owen Sparks: space exploration and electric cars, $3
- Brian Krassenstain: independent journalist, $4
- Tesla Owners Silicon Valley: Tesla owners club in California, $2.99
- The Rabbit Hole: “Navigating the discourse”, $5
- Not Jerome Powell: Parody account of Jerome Powell, $4.99
- John Kraus: Space photographer, $4.99
- James Stephenson: YouTube host, $3
- Michael Shellenberger: Author, $9
- Tim Pool: Journalist, $9.99
- Whole Mars Catalog: Covers tech, stock markets, AI and electric vehicles, $2.99
- Trung Phan: Podcast host, viral poster on Twitter about business, $3
- Sawyer Merritt: TwinBurch co-founder, Tesla influencer, $2.99
- Shibetoshi Nakamoto: aka Billy Markus, co-founder Dogecoin DOGE/USD, $3
- ShitpostGateway: Memes poster, $4.99
- Johnna Crider: Journalist, $2.99
In total, Musk subscribes to 77 accounts on Twitter and currently pays $330.82 per month for subscriptions. The costs range from $1 to $30 per month for the various accounts Musk follows. The average is $4.30 for each of Musk’s subscriptions.
Along with subscribing to 77 accounts on Twitter, Musk also pays the Twitter Blue cost per month for several notable individuals. Benzinga recently estimated that Musk could pay for Twitter Blue for all Twitter users for 90 months based on his wealth.
Musk has an estimated wealth of $178 billion, according to Bloomberg, making the $330.82 per month a drop in the bucket for the second-richest person in the world.
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