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Twitter To Bring Premium Accounts To Japan From 2010?

     
6:49 pm on Nov 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Twitter To Bring Premium Accounts To Japan [telegraph.co.uk]
The Japanese version of the site, which already operates slightly differently to the other Twitter sites around the world, is understood to be introducing a tiered payment model that will charge audiences to view tweets from premium Twitter accounts, says Media Asia.

Kenichi Sugi, chief operating officer of DG Mobile (a subsidiary of Twitter Japan investor Digital Garage), announced the changes at the Mobidec2009 conference earlier this week. He said that Twitter would be adding paid subscription options from January 2010 – which would allow account holders to charge audiences for access to their tweets, links to external websites and images.

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I've seen some fairly negative reactions to this already. They can certainly implement a system like this, but I doubt many will pay.
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In my opinion such a model will struggle. Even huge content providers like the Times will struggle when they migrate to a full subscription model.

There is just too many free alternatives. If a celebrity starts charging a subscription to their tweets, then folks will just subscrible to Joe Schmos free summary of celebrity x's tweets. I see a whole new world opening up for tweet news sites reporting on what is being posted in subscription tweets. And since the tweets are often just a sentence or two, I believe fairuse would allow them to be quoted as a reference. Maybe someone else knows more about the legal side of this.

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It appears this was misreported by DG Mobile...

“Misunderstanding”: Twitter Japan Now Says There Won’t Be A Subscription Model
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Impressive--they reacted to maximillianos' post pretty quickly.
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there is nothing I'd pay extra for on facebook or twitter. Nothing. Well, an evening with Jessica Alba, sure, but I imagine that's not part of their revenue model.

any of these big social networking sites starts charging, there'll be free copycat sites that will step in and replace them. Well, of course, the copycat sites are already there, but they'll suddenly be boosted when the crowds move to them instead.