The Gaming of Twitter
It wasn’t till recently that I really started to use Twitter, but I’ve heard about the site and people using it for quite a while. When I last used Twitter about a year ago, it just seemed boring to me. Now that a lot more people are using the network, I think I find it a lot more useful. With the increase in users, I’ve also seen some new sites and ideas popping up over the past couple of weeks. Let’s take a look!
Can You Really Sell Your Twitter Account?
The most recent news to stream across all internet news sites and blogs, is the eBay auction from RocketBoom founder, Andrew Baron. This is either an awesome idea for a link bait, or how to massively grow your Twitter following. Since posting the auction, Andrew has been more productive with his Twitter account and posts to his followers, “Starting to get kinda attached to this account all of a sudden“. With the eBay Auction currently at $1525, will Andrew sell all of his contacts and possibly just create a new account? I’m not sure, but either way, he has received a ton of link bait and promotion for his antics, which either way, will make for a good story afterwards.
TwitterMeThis: Follow, Answer Questions, Win Cash!!
My friend Jim Kukral is always stirring up some new marketing ideas and how to make marketing more “fun”! Most recently Jim created a Twitter account and went live with TwitterMeThis.com. The concept of the site/twitter account, is to have a nice following of Twitter users, then each day (sporadically) Jim sends out a question to all of his followers. The first person to get back to @TwitterMeThis with the right answer wins $5. While others are skeptical on the concept and even a spoof video was created, in the end, the success or failure of TwitterMeThis, will be decided by it’s followers.
More Newcomers to the Twitter Game
Just as I was browsing around for a few Twitter resources today, I came across PollDaddy and TwitLinks. The concept behind PollDaddy is pretty simple and useful, as you can quickly create a poll and post it as your Twitter status. TwitLinks takes a different approach and just created a whole new site where they profile the big name Twitters in the Tech News Industry, so you don’t have to scroll through all of your Twitter follower’s comments if you just want the big tech Twitters. Lastly, even Shoemoney has even found a way to use Twitter to get rid of some of his unwanted office supplies and gifts. Each day he will offer up something new along with some quiz questions to select winners.
So as Twitter is getting bigger, the options and gaming of the network is also coming into play. What will the future hold for Twitter and will we continue to see monetization by others to try and benefit all of the Twitter users for good… or evil?
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