A Modest Revenue Proposal / Idea for Twitter
This is just a quick and relatively small revenue source Twitter
could launch quickly and easily. This would also eliminate much of the unnecessary "spam" users are receiving via DM
(Direct Messages). I mean, there's just so many Trump Networks, Teeth Whitening Methods, blogs I can read and boobies I can look at in a given day.
So, here's the premise: DMs are the 140 character messages which go directly to a users account. Now, some of us also tie those DMs to our email and/or iphones, BlackBerry's et al. Basically, this is the most direct way to contact someone. Think of it. You could basically send a text message to Jimmy Fallon, Lance Armstrong or Ashton Kutcher (as long as they were also following you). So, here's the math:
Twitter begins charging per DM. Say, just .08 cents. Cheap! I receive - on average - about 9 DMs per day. That's about 270 per month. So, collectively, other users DM-ing me would be spending $21.60 per month. Let's say (discarding any proper research or demographical studies) that only 10% of Twitters 8 million unique users would utilize the "Pay 2 DM" concept. That would equal 800,000 x $21.60 (avg of collective DMs received) which would bring Twitters revenue on this little segment to $17,280,000. Wa~La! Twitter is officially making money! Wikipedia claims they are only bringing in $400,000 in Q3 09
. I believe my idea would bring that up by $51,840,000 ... yeah, over 51 million. Put that in your Q4!
There you go Jack, Evan and Biz... I'll take payment for my idea in stock options. :-D
oooh... I gotta go twitter this