Twitter’s newsletter tool has been shut down

Twitter has shut down its newsletter product, known as Revue. Reports have been saying that the service would be axed for over a month, but it is now finally have been confirmed. People won’t be able to access their accounts after that date, and all the service’s data will be deleted, according to a help article on the Revue site. Before then, authors who used the service will be able to download lists of their subscribers, as well as an archive that includes their analytics and writing. Revue also alerted its users to this information via email and has said that it’ll cancel paid newsletter subscriptions starting December 20th, so people won’t be charged for newsletters they won’t get. Twitter acquired Revue in January 2021, hoping to make its platform a better place for the long form writers and journalists that have tended to congregate there. It also helped the social network compete with newsletter platforms like Substack and Ghost, as well as with Facebook, which was, at the time, rumored to be looking for a way into the newsletter business as well.

Snap’s shutting down the app that put cool filters on your Zoom calls

On January 25th, Snap will be shutting down its camera app for Mac and PCs. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, you may remember it as the program that let you apply silly filters to your face while you were on Zoom or other video conference calls. It’s also, as Verge alum Billy Disney pointed out on Mastodon, the reason a boss accidentally showed up to a work meeting as a potato in 2020: Snap announced the change on its support page for Snap Camera, saying that it’ll “no longer be available to use or download” later this month. While the company points out that you can still access a wide array of Snapchat filters on the web version of the app, that’s not quite the same as being able to show up to your next daily standup using the dog filter. Snap Camera was introduced in 2018, with the company pitching it as a way to spice up your Twitch streams. Snap’s fortunes have turned since then, though – in 2022, the company laid off 20 percent of its employees, and cancelled projects like its Pixy drone.