— Apple Support (@AppleSupport) March 3, 2016
Who would have known that this new form of communication would become such major force in changing how the world shares information.
Happy Anniversary Twitter and Thanks
I have shoes older than Twitter, yet I seldom wear those shoes. I use Twitter every day since I got my first Twitter account almost 4 years ago. I didn’t understand it at first but my good friend @brentleary kept telling me that sending Tweets will be the next BIG thing. I resisted the urge to Tweet for almost a year then I got my first taste of how powerful Twitter really is in the world of communication.
This whole Twitter thing really hit me when the Twitter account of our current President of the United States, Barack Obama @BarackObama started to follow me. Back then he was only the Senator of Illinois running for President but it meant a lot to me that he decided to follow me. It was not until later on that I found out that he followed everyone who followed him at the time.
The point is I was so impressed that he thought to follow me, I started following others who in turn followed me. This time it was someone who actually knew me personally and wanted to follow the links I was sharing. We have been following each other ever since then and of course now I am hooked on Twitter.
So Happy Birthday Twitter!!! And thank you Brent for pushing me to Tweet for the first time.
All the best
This post was inspired by a post I read at Blackweb20.com The blog article titled “Twitter’s Popularity Doesn’t Translate into Profitability” talks about how popular Twitter has become but can that popularity turn in a profit.
I think Twitter should take a chapter out of what we already know as Domain Names renewal. Having a Twitter handle or username has almost become as popular as getting the right domain name.
Some of us are still old enough to remember that domain names were once free to obtain. So if we are so use to paying anywhere from $7.99-35.00 for the average .com .net or.org per year, so why can’t Twitter charge us a yearly registration fee to keep our Twitter username. Paying for your Twitter username would also cut down on the amount of Twitter spam one gets everyday.
If I were Twitter I would also charge a premium price to corporations/business for their company branded username. I will also charge celebrities and sports figures a premium for verifying their name.
With the last count of about 50+ million users and growing on Twitter, most of us who have had our Twitter handle for 3 years would not mind paying anywhere from $10-20 dollars per year just to keep on Tweeting. That could be an annual income of 500m – 1 billion for Twitter and that ain’t shabby.
So what are your thoughts on this matter. Would you pay a yearly fee to keep your Twitter username? Please answer in the comments below.
All the best