TechCrunch is reporting on a new Twitter service called called Super Chirp that lets Twitter users get paid for their content. According to the blog, Super Chirp uses Twitter’s private message system allowing publishers to leverage their existing Twitter accounts to promote their paid streams. Users can subscribe via the Super Chirp site, pay with Paypal, and then get messages via DM. They can also just visit Super Chirp to see all those paid messages, and sort them by publisher.
Publishers can set their prices between $0.99 and $9.99 per month. Super Chirp keeps 30% of the gross, including Paypal fees, so publishers get to keep a full 70% of the proceeds. However, there’s been speculation that this is exactly the type of thing that Twitter itself should be doing, so if Twitter launches something like this on its own, Super Chirp (and any other knock-off services) could become irrelevant very quickly.
There has been a lot of talk that something like this will be a big boon to celebrities and sports figures with large numbers of followers. And there is no doubt there is probably a big market for pay-per celeb-based content. However, in my mind, a far more intriguing application for readers of bizandtech.net is the monetization of valuable premium content for niche audiences as evidenced by stock trader Timothy Sykes usage of the new service.
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