Twitter Affirms Paid Accounts Coming

image According to a posting at Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal, paid “pro” accounts on Twitter are coming.

“In exchange for a fee, companies will get "more features" on Twitter, the WSJ reports. Twitter cofounder Biz Stone tells the WSJ that the company recently hired a product manager to help develop those accounts, but doesn’t specify what the extra features will be or when the accounts will launch.”

The story commentary just about writes itself on this one. How many millions of posts have I put together myself, let alone been thrown into the general wilds of the web, on monetizing Twitter.

One thing is clear, I wasn’t the choice for Twitter’s Product Manager, so my job here at SiliconANGLE is safe for a bit.

Will this assuage our concerns as to the long term viability of Twitter? It certainly is a better path to profitability, in our opinion, than partnering with Federated Media to highlight executive twitterers.

Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins is the Founding Editor of SiliconANGLE, as well as the creator of and Executive Producer for theCUBE. He’s aBitcoin early adopter, as well as a blogging, podcasting and social media pioneer. Prior the founding of SiliconANGLE, Hopkins worked as Associate Editor at Mashable during its formative years. Prior to his career in startups and media, he worked as a developer for large corporations like Nokia, IBM, Apple and Cox Communications. Hopkins lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children.

3 Comments

  1. Nice one… and I'll be here in a sec with my own angle!

  2. My Angle: I think that splintering the community might be risky. Instead they should continue to focus on the developer community to ensure solid apps take advantage of their core asset – the platform. I think the Pro account is “tripping on dollars to pick up pennies”.

    I wouldn't do that if I were twitter – nail the platform first then focus on the app side directly through clever products and indirectly through the fast growing developer community.

  3. Ah… and one thing – it's sad they didn't choose for the Product Manager role – but – do you ever wonder if you could still blog if you were to get that job? An interesting thought actually.

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