Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Twitter Says We Aren't Charging, Just Yet

twitter logoSpeaking out against the flood of news that they might be charging corporate users Twitter yesterday said, "Nothing To Report Just Yet." The company admits they have been floating around some ideas and "thinking out loud for more than a year about the growing use of Twitter by companies, brands, and other commercial organizations." However they deny recent reports that they will be charging companies a fee for using the service.

Several reports popped up following a recent interview with Twitter's co-founder Biz Stone. Stone reportedly told Marketing magazine, "'We are noticing more companies using Twitter and individuals following them. We can identify ways to make this experience even more valuable and charge for commercial accounts."

One could speculate that Twitter could see the potential behind charging for premium, verified accounts for businesses with several companies such as Dell and JetBlue gaining a large following and using the service as a promotional tool. Dell just last week announced they'd be offering Twitter only deals.

Stone notes, "Twitter will remain free to use by everyone—individuals, companies, celebrities, etc. What we're thinking about is adding value in places where we are already seeing traction, not imposing fees on existing services."

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