Are you on Twitter?

I just signed up for a Twitter account and I’ve noticed that there are no ads in the site. I’m just wondering if they are getting any revenues since I found in their FAQ that:

Twitter is a free service. At some point we may introduce optional, for-pay features or services but basic usage will remain free. Note: with phone alerts turned on, Twitter makes use of texting or SMS so check with your mobile provider to find out if this will cost you extra.

In Steve Rubel’s blog, he mentioned about the possibility of Twitter facing huge SMS bills. I checked the Twittervision and it seems that it has become a worldwide phenomenon.

I guess they should have engaged a partnership with telecommunications companies of the countries that have a high usage of Twitter. For example, in the Philippines, Twitter could possibly tie up with either Globe, Smart or Sun Cellular. Each time one would send a text message to post an update the one who sends would shoulder P2.50. This amount would split to Twitter and of course the particular telecommunications provider.

Television with text chats are using this kind of business model and it works for them pretty good :D .

On the other hand, I’ve read some blog posts about using Twitter as a marketing medium and even if it’s Terms of Service does not say anything about it, Andy Beard thinks it is unethical to use Twitter for business.

Hmmm, I just hope that the candidates in this coming elections won’t use Twitter to campaign. OMG! What I have done?!? I just gave them an idea. Haha. :D

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12 Responses to Are you on Twitter?

  1. I didn’t actually think of the political angle, will add it as an update with a link

  2. Pingback: Twitter Is Unethical For Business Use | Andy Beard - Niche Marketing

  3. Twitter is just like Livejournal with less features. I used to blog via mobile phone using a old-school WAP browser on a monochrome handset.

    Eek, my age is showing.

  4. I signed up for Twitter months ago without knowing what I was going to use it for.

    And until now I have no idea how I’m going to use it, lol.

    I didn’t realize/notice that they don’t have ads. They should address this issue ASAP. ^_^

  5. Twitter is like the community channel of our cable operator here where people send text messages to a number and wait for it to appear in the television.

  6. Hi Andy,

    Thanks for adding a link to my entry :)
    I was just doing a blog search on what people are saying about Twitter and I stumbled on your page :)

    Hi Shari :D
    well you could use twitter to post short updates on your personal life
    bwahahaha :D

  7. Nope. I keep blocking invites though. I don’t like signing up to too many of those things. I can’t even remember all of the them anyway.

  8. Hi Euri

    I’ve signed up because of curiosity haha :D
    before I kept on ignoring my Friendster invites unti I finally signed up after a few months of being not into those social networking stuff

  9. Thanks for sharing this! I am gonna give a try.. :)
    Kiss
    Fendi

  10. Sorry..I forgot to say this.

    Yeah maybe for now they don’t have ads..but i think they gonna have soon..:)

  11. Hi Fendi :)
    I’m still not sure if will put some ads or if they will have a partnership of some sort :D

  12. Sana nga ayusin nila yung partnership with local operators. I’m currently using my Chikka account to send and receive Twitter updates, but there are limitations. Will explain it later in a blog entry, hehe. Medyo kumplikado, eh.

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