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Should Twitter charge high-spew users?

Monday, May 26, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named barf.jpgOm Malik asks if Twitter should charge users like Scoble who have huge numbers of followers.  Permalink to this paragraph

It's a fair question because these users are super-expensive for Twitter, much more so than users with modest numbers of followers. Permalink to this paragraph

To get an idea, I have a little agent script that counts and ranks people I have followed in the recent past to get a rough idea of how much work they generate for Twitter's system software.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://twitter.scripting.com/spewage.html  Permalink to this paragraph

You can see that Scoble tops the list with a "spew factor" of 308,359,436. I'm #5 with a spew of 77,174,172. Permalink to this paragraph

Imho, they shouldn't charge these people because they're feeding the growth of Twitter. If you charge them a competitor will come along and might actually pay them to use their system because it will attract so many other users.  Permalink to this paragraph

Right now Twitter doesn't need more money. They need a design that works, and an implementation of that design. They have lots of money and can get lots more.  Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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