To be honest, I don’t get it. I’ve been wanting to blog about this for a while, but I’ve been apprehensive lest I was just missing the obvious (ironically, Obvious is the company that created Twitter). Yesterday, Kris and I were chatting and we were both relieved to hear that the other was absolutely clueless as to the point. At least now we know we’re not the only ones.
So what is the point? According to Wikipedia, “Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service”. Twitter poses the question, “what are you doing,” and users have 140 characters to answer.
In other words, Twitter is like Blogger, but instead having long, pointless posts, there are short, pointless tweets (yes, posts on Twitter are called tweets).
Twitter isn’t the only site offering this, uh, service. Jaiku and Dodgeball both do, more or less, the same thing The real question is, how do companies like Twitter make any money? As it happens, I read an article earlier today that sought to answer that question. The only problem with the article is that the six ways Twitter can make money are all stupid. Twitter Pro? You expect people to pay for… What? What would they be paying for? 280 characters? Merchandise? I don’t mind looking like a geek, but even I wouldn’t wear a Twitter T-shirt.
The bottom line is, in order to make money, the product must have value. Until I can figure out what the value is, I don’t see how Obvious can possibly hope to make any real money from Twitter. So please, if you can explain what the point is and why Twitter has value, let me know.
Until then, you won’t hear a tweet out of me.0 People like this. Be the first!