Would You Pay to Twitter?

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT
 

Would You Pay to Twitter?

image

Twitter's co-founders are considering ways to generate revenue with the popular online messaging service, including the possibility of charging for some premium services.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference, Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone said they will eventually begin charging fees for the company's services. "There will be a moment when you can fill out a form or something and give us money," Williams said. "We're working on it right now."

The pair didn't elaborate on which parts of Twitter might eventually require payment, although they suggested a service that would authenticate senders as a a possible revenue generator, citing as an example Dunkin' Donuts paying to ensure that nobody sends tweets using its name. Banner ads are also a possibility, although Williams sounded rather cool toward the idea, saying, "I think it's probably the least interesting thing we could do."

But as many popular online services have found, transitioning from a free service to any form of pay-to-use model is a huge challenge. Williams said that while they're hopeful to be generating revenues by the end of the year, the priority is to build a "long-term, sustainable business."

"There's a key difference between value and profit and we need to build value first," Stone said in a brief follow-up interview with the Wall Street Journal, adding that growing the network, making it robust and adding features that users want are among the company's priorities.

"That being said, we do want to focus on generating some revenue by the end of the year to show people that Twitter is here to stay," he continued. "The goal is to begin iterating, to start showing signs of life in that respect."

With virtually every other source of online communication available free, the odds of Twitter charging for individual use are virtually zero. The real question seems to be whether it can add enough "value," and stay sufficiently relevant, to generate income in other ways. Not an insurmountable task, perhaps, but as ICQ found out, certainly not an easy one either.

Source: CBC

Permalink

Pay for Twitter eh? I don't even use it now being free. No way would I pay for any of their services.

WinkyTheGreat:
Pay for Twitter eh? I don't even use it now being free. No way would I pay for any of their services.

Verbatim.

And so begins the selling out of Twitter.

I don't free to Twitter so...NO! :-)

Would I pay to Twitter......no

Would I use Twitter.....no

Twatter would have to pay ME to make me go anywhere near it.

Edit - Why do Escapist staff like it anyway?

No, I'll go back to facebook.

I always thought Twitter was a lazy form of blogging. Just get an LJ or whatever, people, honestly.

That said, I follow the hell out of Misha Collins' twitter. He just escaped Guantanamo Bay with 250 lbs of gasoline, a catapult, a bandaid, and some raybans.

I don't see Twitter as useful or fun at all... It's extremely narcissistic(and narcissists are jerks). And I'm not one of those people who reads too much into stuff - I just don't like Twitter. So if they starting charging, I'm pretty sure only the peer pressure of "I must belong!" would keep anyone. Sadly, there are many millions of people who would actually succumb to that.

And if you use Twitter for your own fun, good for you!

I use twitter to talk to friends (SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY SKY, KIM KIM KIM KIM KIM) but I wouldn't pay for it. I'm sure I could find some other way to talk to them like Skype or MSN.

I twitter but I would never pay for the service.

Once something like this begins charging, another site will pop up behind it and eventually most of its fan-base will transfer to that. Sites like this and social-networking sites always seem to sell out and shrink. Just look at Friends Reunited or Myspace. Although I don't blame 'em. You would want to earn some decent money for your creation.

YOU'D have to pay ME to Twitter.

I don't even use twitter now. So, no.

Well, I find that texting is superior to tweeting in every way, I get 20 extra charecters, I get to not let everyone else see what I say, and I get an assurance that the other person sees what I'm saying.

So would I pay to tweet, hell no, I still don't understand why anyone but congressmen trying to look hip do it.

I don't Twitter when it's free, so of course I'll do it when I have to pay ;)

[/sarcasm]

Really though, why can't they just be happy with getting revenue from advertising? It's not like that's a tough market to exploit, especially with celebrities 'Twittering' away all day now...

Nope. If it's free at rollout, making it into a pay service down the line would kill it. They'd have to shutdown and restart from scratch if they wanted to start charging.

I woke up from the haze of growing up in the 80s and 90s to discover this so called "twitter" thing and found out that all the kids these days were "tweeting." After discovering that it was not in fact slang for a new street drug, I lost all interest in the subject.

Seriously though, I hope they charge for it, and that then no one will use it, SO I NEVER HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT SUCH A STUPID THING EVER AGAIN.

I don't even use it when its free, hell they would have to pay me to use it, and it would have to be a lot.

Although, if they do start charging for it, all the people who are using it "just to fit it" which is like what, 90%, will leave and twitter will die.

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE twitter, but no way in hell I would pay for it, as soon as they start charging people the majority will leave and join something that does the exact same thing for free. I don't know why you all hate twitter so much, its the easyiest way to keep track of things, just follow everything interesting like the escapist and boom in your stream straight away, I think its awesome.

Hell I wouldn't Twitter if they paid me let alone pay for it (although actually I probably would do it if they paid me).

Malygris:
With virtually every other source of online communication available free, the odds of Twitter charging for individual use are virtually zero. The real question seems to be whether it can add enough "value," and stay sufficiently relevant, to generate income in other ways. Not an insurmountable task, perhaps, but as ICQ found out, certainly not an easy one either.

I was going to bring up something along these lines. As long as whatever service Twitter offers is a new one that adds value, it might not backfire to charge for it. If they just make you pay for things that you are currently getting for free... That is almost sure to backfire.

Meh, I wouldn't twitter now while its free. If one of my friends or family want to know what I'm doing every second of the day, they can call or text me ... and I'll tell them to mind their own damn business.

WinkyTheGreat:
Pay for Twitter eh? I don't even use it now being free. No way would I pay for any of their services.

My sentiment exactly.

I think this question is meant for those who already use Twitter, rather unlike me and most of the people here. I do know a couple of Twits, but neither of them are so attached to their imaginary public diary that they'd start shelling out. Maybe Williams and Stone are getting too big for their britches.

I have no desire to keep everyone updated on what I'm doing at all times, and honestly I don't think anyone would really care. I'm not using Twitter now, and I most definitely wouldn't concider paying for it. I probably said that before I started using Facebook as well, though. But that doesn't change the fact that there is pretty much no chance that I'd care enough to pay for it.

I would pay for it only when I know it is the real fallswhale.

I hope they charge. This is getting ridiculous... how the hell is this so popular?
You might as well make a myspace/facebook/something account and write down your status in a blog.

I love twitter, but no, I would not pay to use it.

sirdanrhodes:
Twatter would have to pay ME to make me go anywhere near it.

Edit - Why do Escapist staff like it anyway?

While I can't speak for the escapist staff I can tell you why people like twitter. It is a "free" form of text messaging to all audiences(Free being one your computer paying internet or paying intenet for your phone). It is very easy for people to make a quick message of their thoughts or communicate with a large audience quickly where the viewer does the work instead of the poster. Ever asked yourself why I didn't get that important e-mail or letter? Or wanted to track a person's statement and get it on the record where you can use the statement against the poster? That is the magic of twitter. From the mundane crap there is a lot of good twitter can do.

Also
@Susan Arendt: Yes I also say to myself I hate my clothes at times. Time to get a new wardrobe!

Oh, I so saw this coming. It's a freggin trend nowadays, if something spreads like wildfire for free, let's charge $$$ for it. "Sure, the great majority will drop out a soon as they hear about the paying stuff, but those who stay will make us rich. Right up until they realize that the only ones stayed on were the rich douchebags..."

I hate these marketing schemes with a passion. Services that advertise themselves as FREE*, where the * means "it's FREE, but...". It's free, but for the Premium services, you have to pay. Silver, Gold and Platinum membership, subscription...ehhh. Sure, you can use the basic services for free, but the only services worth using are only for Platinum members...

So all of these sites can go @$#& themselves...

Call me dumb, but I don't get how Twitter works. I don't use it, but when I go to someone's Twitter I see a page half-full of random crap, and the other half is replies to other people's Twitter posts, but when you click the target it just sends you to their twitter instead of the specific post so you have no idea what the initial person was replying to. It just confuses the hell out of me, but then I hate blogging, and really couldn't care less what anyone is up to.

No. .../thread?

I don't know twitter, i don't get twitter, i don't WANT twitter. Just seems like another waste of time when i could be shooting people (online of course)

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Posting on this forum is disabled.