For those of you who follow your favourite porn performers on twitter, you’ve probably heard of OnlyFans. A new social media platform that has people asking “is this Twitter for porn?”. The subscription based platform has given performers a new revenue stream, but is it going to work out long term? 

I started seeing the OnlyFans advertising a couple of months ago. Porn performers I’ve been following for a while now started posting the automated message “I’ve just got a new ! Get access to my unseen and exclusive content at onlyfans.com“.

Now when I scroll through my twitter feed, it’s covered with the blue photo image telling me they’ve posted new content on OnlyFans that’s exclusive to their subscribers. More and more porn performers are moving their personal content, photos and videos, to OnlyFans, it does feel like the new Twitter for porn.

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans is a new social media platform that looks like Twitter. The only difference is followers will have to pay you a monthly subscription to view your content. You get 80% of the commission rate, and the company pays into bank accounts daily.

Sounds great for performers who want to make some extra money! Big name porn stars such as Joanna Angel, Mick Blue and Aletta Ocean have made the jump. A lot of glamour models and non porn performers have also joined, including Holly Peers.

Dolly Fox sells her own custom video clips, has more than 100 subscribers, and she’s charging $19.99 a month for fans to see nude photos and clips she posts on OnlyFans. Joanna Angel estimates most performers should be able to bring in an extra $500 if they upload consistently, more depending on their popularity.

OnlyFans lets performers take explicit content off Twitter, and onto a platform that lets them make money. Many believe they have been giving away content for free for too long. “Why give it all away for free? Fans who are willing to pay deserve to get exclusives,” said Dolly Fox.

What do fans think?

Unsurprisingly there has been a lot of mixed reactions to the new social media platform. Many fans are used to seeing nude content for free from their favourite performers, and dislike the move many performers are making. Others are more than happy to pay the subscription fee to follow their favourite performers.

The fact is the majority of followers on twitter haven’t moved over to OnlyFans. When asked, over 80% of twitter followers admitted they don’t subscribe to OnlyFans. 10% say they subscribe to only one performer, 5% subscribe to 1-3 performers and only 2% subscribe to over 3 performers.

 

There seems to be a few concerns as to why more fans aren’t subscribing. Firstly, most can’t afford to subscribe to multiple performers at $10 per performer, per  month. It’s the same as a Netflix subscription after all, but with arguably less content.

Some performers split their content between Twitter and OnlyFans, such as Joanna Angel. “I’ve tried not putting anything for free out there, and it seemed to just hurt my brand,”

Is OnlyFans going to be the Twitter for Porn?

In my opinion? No it’s not. OnlyFans is an interesting concept, but I think the soul behind why social media platforms such as Twitter do so well is in the fact they are free. Twitter offers a medium for not only sharing content, but also opening up discussions.

This is due to the fact anyone and everyone can join together, follow each other and talk and share anything for free. Can OnlyFans replicate this same sense of community if fans can only afford to follow and interact with one or two of their favourite performers? No, it can’t.

The business model of posting advertisement through twitter is clever in the short run. Performers who have a large following already have an interested audience to market to. However, some performers are now exclusively posting to OnlyFans, causing their Twitter feed to look almost spam like, losing followers, which will hurt them in the long run.

For performers, they need to strike a good balance between free content that will keep their current Twitter followers happy, and gain them new ones, as well as more explicit content worth subscribing for.

Will Harriet Sugarcookie be on OnlyFans?

I definitely support performers who want to make extra income from their content. Especially those that don’t own their own content and website. It’s decent for making a little extra on the side.

Personally I will not be using the services, as I like sharing my content with my fans for free on twitter. For more premium content people have the option of subscribing to my website. Because of this I believe it would be unfair for me to make people subscribe to something else, for content they already deserve.

But I honestly enjoy sharing photos and videos on twitter, and having lots of discussion with everyone. OnlyFans just doesn’t seem like a social media platform, but rather a subscription based content sharing platform. Which I already have.