We’re all about entrepreneurship and business plans that riff off existing concepts in a new, smart way, but does this business plan make sense to you guys? Super Chirp is a service that’s charging people for “premium” Twitter streams. That is, you pay for them. Bear in mind, these are the same tweets you can get for free if you’re willing to take the time to surf the site yourself yourself, the pay-tweets are just condensed and packaged for you. But will people actually pony up for the service? Before you decide, here’s more on how it works, via TechCrunch:
“Unlike Twitpub, where publishers have to create a new Twitter account, Super Chirp works through direct messages (Twitter’s private message system). That means publishers can leverage their existing Twitter accounts to promote the paid streams. Users subscribe to the content on the Super Chirp site, pay via Paypal, and then get the messages via DM. They can also visit Super Chirp to see all those paid messages, and sort them by publisher.”
While the service is targeted at celebrities—who have fans that are hungry to read their Tweets in real time—we’re still not sure it’s a wise business model. Something feels inherently off about charging people for something they can already get for free, even if it is slighty repackaged. Are we wrong?
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