Although it is not certain what types of services, Twitter has recently blogged that they have been contemplating on extending their services to include paid areas. Please note, as @Biz has said, they will not charge individuals or organizations money to use twitter.
I think this is great. I know some people might huff and puff, but really, for those like myself who tweet more than 20 times a day (I tweet around 40 times a day on average), that Twitter is very useful and should try to implement a few paid services. They might make obliterate other services, but if there is anything that Twitter can do to make it more convenient to use them instead of many resources already, then that would be great.
Although I am just a lowly blogger, here are my ideas:
- 1. Include services that allow people to change their twitter page like rearranging their page and giving them the ability. Or offer layout templates where they can switch around or add to it.
- 2. Allow users to add something like DandyID does to blogs where people can find their followers-turned-friends on more social platforms.
- 3. Invoke some type of twitter karma where if you have been resourceful or someone just enjoys you, they can give you a kudos.
- 4. Do their own “magpie” type program. I am skeptical about Be A Magpie as I have not seen any come across my stream or my followers and even a lot of followers that answered my question, were not seeing anything. This ability will allow both twitter and the user to make money and giving them the ability to approve or deny tweets as well as limit the ratio of twitter ads posted. This may be a controversial idea, but I am not against people trying to make money. The economy is bad enough. My only suggestion is to approve tweets that are relatable and in a way it will not be obvious that is all you wish to do.
- 6. Paid subscription to increase amount of tweets that can be posts within a certain time.
- 7. Paid subscription to just plainly show your support of twitter. Yearly subscription gets you a special icon on your page that says you are a twitter patron.
- 8. Have Twitter put another type of role in your followers. Not just have a “followers” section, but a “daily” or “friends” section where you can click to make a follower a friend, which will allow you to keep closer tabs instead of surf through a ton of followers.
Some of my ideas may be moot to use, but they are just ideas.
My only worry is that it will allow users to exploit the system. Already there are programs out there to “teach” tweeps on how to get more. That is not an organic way and proof in this is that I have several times tried to intelligently converse with the makers of these “tutorials” and no response. Their streams are filled with chit chat not even deep enough to express their opinion and they constantly plug their gimic. I subscribed to this out of curiosity, but have been unimpressed and disgusted by this activity.
With Twitter contemplating services, I hope that if they do, at least text ads on their part to earn more revenue. They deserve it. I think I have enjoyed Twitter far more than my past involvement running Yahoo ! Clubs (now Yahoo! Groups.)
Would you pay for services offered by Twitter? If not, why? If so, if Twitter decides to offer some paid services, what would you like it to be?