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This is in response to a post by my fellow blogger & INETA guy, Randy Walker.

Randy has a theory on how to make Twitter more performant (or profitable.) You can read it here or just see below for the relevant part:

"charge anyone with a follow to follower ratio greater than 2 to 1.  This would immediately eliminate 99% of spammers, drastically cut the system resource issues (thus reducing downtime), and create an income for company.  While I doubt this will completely resolve it's lack of income problem, it's a step in the right direction.  Those who use twitter as a marketing method, can continue to use the service, but must pay for it."

My response... 

I think there's a problem with that logic. Most true spammers don't have that kind of following, in fact they are the polar opposite. Most of the ones I have seen follow 1000s of people and very few follow them in return. (Spammers arent too smart.)

Who this would hurt are people who actually have something to say (like myself, with a roughly 3.6 to 1 ratio, or people like Rocky Lhotka with a 10 to 1 or greater ratio.) 

Charging people (like WilW or PopCandy) with significant TFF ratios and who actually provide interesting content, would just drive them off.   No content, no twitter. The end. But no more performance problems either. ;)

I think the answer is simple. Sell ads on the site. Maybe even the occasional feed ad. Find a way to monetize the service without charging the users... once that expectation (of free service) is set, it's hard to go to a paid model.

Personally, as much as I love Twitter, I think it's likely doomed unless someone with deeper (REALLLLLY deep) pockets comes along and buys them... and just offers it as one more service.  (You listening Google?)
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:08 PM General Interest | Back to top

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