Thursday, October 8, 2009

Interest articles about Twitter this week

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Twitter Should Decentralize (And Make Money) Via Twitter Server
Great idea, but you have to consider the cost of shifting to this business model, and whether it really lies in Twitter's long-term vision and strategy. I think a better analogy is comparing Google's search engine on its web site vs. the Google search appliance. I haven't looked it up, but I think it is fair to say that Google's search revenue from web traffic is far more lucrative than their revenue from selling their search servers. It would also be such a fundamental shift for the Twitter development team that I would say it is better to focus on scaling out the centralized model they have now, and then start selling secure private networks for companies to use for business purposes.

Twitter Data Analysis: An Investor’s Perspective
Very interesting read. Notably, the "rate of new user acquisition has plateaued at around 8 million per month".

OneRiot aims to make money from Twitter search
Definitely agree with Rafe Needleman's assessment that this is a smart play.

Survey: Over half of U.S. workplaces block social networks
The irony is that I bet that way more then half of social network traffic comes from people when they are at work.

Twitter in Google, Microsoft licensing talks-blog - Details could include Twitter receiving a payment of several million dollars and various types of revenue-sharing agreements to allow Twitter to benefit from the ad revenue that Microsoft and Google generate from search results.

Are We Ready for Twitter 2.0? - Location-based tweeting, sharable lists, and potential data mining deals with Google and Microsoft mean we are entering Twitter 2.0.

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