Posted by: sClarke | 06/02/2009

Twitter won’t sell out, not even for drunk celebrities.

I’ve never Twittered, posted a Tweet, or have read a Tweet.  I just don’t really see a point in doing so because if my friends, family, or co-workers would like to know what I am doing then a phone call or email would be much more effective than reading my non-existent Tweets.

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I can see the attraction that celebrity Tweets can bring, because afterall, who wouldn’t want to know what their favorite celebrities are doing?  Twitter also seems to be a great outlet for celebrities to get the word out about causes and other things, e.g. create petitions to save canceled shows like Christina Applegate has done for Samantha Who? and Ethan Suplee for My Name is Earl, because Twitter can offer a direct relationship with their fans.

“It creates a community of sorts,” Michal Mulvey,  an expert on marketing, social trends and technology at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, said. “It’s a way to get a lot of people aware of something in an instant way.”

However, this “direct relationship” with celebs and fans could go horribly wrong because intoxicated tweeting has become a trend.

“Courtney Love became the first person to be sued for Twitter defamation after she tweeted a tirade against clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir calling her a prostitute and a thief. In court papers, Love has claimed she was suffering from ‘drug-induced psychosis’ when she made the tweets.” — Natalie Stechyson, Canwest News Service

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Lindsay Lohan most likely found out the hard way that her drunken Tweets made it to the front page of the next-day tabloids, as well as all over the web (http://www.fadedyouthblog.com/90655/lindsay-lohans-twitter-meltdown).  I’m not sure how trust-worthy this is because there has been buzz generating that someone may have hacked into Lohan’s Twitter account; but this could be one way for celebrities to lose all credibility with their fan base or a great opportunity to shame their friends and families.  Maybe these select celebrities could look into contacting Twitter about creating an option to disable the ability to post during certain hours of the night.

Despite all the fact that celebrities can easily drag their own name through the mud by miniblogging, Twitter really surprised me because they won’t sell out.

Twitter’s co-founder, Biz Stone, denied the idea that advertising will become Twitter’s main source of revenue.  Twitter wants to stay in business while offering free services to its customers.  Instead, add-on tools are being created for those who use Twitter for business and professional purposes, which has the potential to create revenue for the site.  Twitter is really taking its users’ opinions into consideration, they feel that ads may annoy the minibloggers.

There is talk of Twitter making a deal with Google but who knows how likely that is because Twitter turned down a $500 million acciquistion offer from Facebook last year.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/why-twitter-turned-down-facebook/

Way to be Twitter.

Shannon

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