Twitter have been in a constant battle on how to best monetize their platform.
With the free use of the API, I hope they have something up their sleeve that others haven't already capitalized on. I'd really like to see them put more time and effort into the web based interface at which time I might consider a Premium Membership whatever that may entail. Not everyone is going to think the same way I do though and there are all sorts of upcoming contenders ready to take the fallout.
I've found that SM users are typically loyal to one platform. Once that platform changes and/or no longer meets their needs, they move to another. It's like the migration of birds from the North to the South. The flock and/or herds are going to go where the weather is warmer and the pastures are greener. ;)
I think the mistake they made was allowing the free use of their API. There are all sorts of applications out there that have generated revenue on the coattails of Twitter.
Whatever they do, it needs to be done swiftly. The momentum is picking up and Twitter is now a common "household" name amongst many. One look at who is using Twitter should give you an idea of just how popular it has become.
And please, don't sell out to Google, please? Let us have a little bit of privacy. ;)
Had the announcement been made on twitter instead of WSJ:
I STILL do not understand what Twitter is and what value it actually does for Internet users. Reminds me of Gooey (circa 1999).
It's kind of like a mix between IM and RSS with a 140 character limit. I'm still working on the value portion of the equation as well.
|I'm still working on the value portion of the equation as well. |
I follow some well known SEOs and get some value from seeing what they have to say. Usually the comments on Twitter are not repeated anywhere else unless they are really good.
Twitter rocks - it's a fab tool for learning and networking, fun too.
Seems worthless. Good as a novelty, but as a business model? Did these guys really get VC? From who? Dr. Seuss?
I don't get Twitter either. Why use twitter when Facebook status updates does pretty much the same thing?
|Twitter is now a common "household" name |
I sort of felt the same way before. I just started this thread about an interesting use [webmasterworld.com] of Twitter I saw today.
I use Twitter for my business : we're a small two-men shop and each one of us works from home. Twitter is the perfect companion for our shared calendar : it lets us know what the other is up to. We use it to communicate things that would not be easy to put in our calendar (unpredictable and/or too mondane) and that would not warrant an email or even start an IM conversation for, but yet are useful to know. It kind of gives us the feeling to share an office.
Of course our feeds are private and we do not follow anybody else : this is pure business feed between two co-workers. But even for small things like "Out to get a beer", followed by "Back, working on setup for project X" are usefull bits of info to know.
Hmmm, when you are sitting there watching the major news outlets and they are asking you to follow them on Twitter, it has become a household name to me. ;)
Rachel Maddow (@Maddow) uses Twitter quite effectively. She even had a segment on the Twitter Terrorism thing the other night.
|Seems worthless. Good as a novelty, but as a business model? |
I thought so too until some meathead convinced me to join on 2008-07-24. I haven't looked back since. Twitter was instrumental in helping me obtain a Newsweek home page reference and a Financial Times reference. We sold out of product yesterday. Site only live for 30 days. Ranks #1 out of 6,000,000+ for its targeted generic phrase too.
I would like to hear more about your experience. Do you have a lot of followers?
Everytime I give twitter a try it just seems like an incestuous pool od SEO's following each other.
In my observations I just don't see normal people using twitter.
@MrSpeed : Well, my business partner and I are totally normal people, I swear :) And still, we use Twitter every day in our business (see post above).
Granted, if the question at hand is "using Twitter for SEO purpose", then, it's an totally different matter.
There are tons of normal people on Twitter. I follow people in my hobby topic. It lets hobbyists know about my sites and I've made some nice connections and some good write ups and links have followed. It's kind of fun and doesn't take much time.
It probably depends on what your sites are about and the results won't be major. You have to be willing to chit chat a bit. Just putting up ads won't work, people either won't follow you or they'll drop you when they discover you are just in it to advertise.