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Twitter conundrum

October 19, 2011

Twitter got itself a huge load of users when iPhone 4S launched few days ago, it gain a great traction thanks to Twitter deep integration in iOS 5, and it’s only going to get bigger when other users start upgrading their iDevices to iOS 5. There’s one interesting fact; iPhone 4S users, who own older models and/or not interested to use Twitter before, now has started using the micro-blogging service. This is easy to divulge:

  1. It’s easy to use since iOS 5 only need you to login once.
  2. It’s free..!

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said:

“Those guys [at Apple] are an amazing partner for us. When they think about products and enhancing products they think about editing them.” [At Twitter] we’re going to offer simplicity in a world of complexity… they’re a corporate mentor to us.”

Speaking about corporate, it means they need to generate profits. Unlike Apple, who now have hoard of cash than U.S. Treasury,  Twitter haven’t got around their own head on how to make money from their free-based service. It’s not simple, it’s complicated.

In any way if Twitter ask their users to pay up, either they use limited time trial or premium features for paid version, or if they view ads in the Twitter feeds, any of that will only make users run away. The only way I see it is to hope for a big corporate to take over, a corporate who uses their service as a feature in its product, just like Apple with its iPhone 4S.

I can’t wait to see how the future unfold for Twitter. Micro-blogging is easier and ‘funner’, it’s already becoming the core of social-networking.

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