Co-founder Biz Stone wrote a blog post that elaborates on a suggestion he made earlier about monetizing Twitter. The crucial stuff:
"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."
So businesses already using Twitter can chill: they won't be charged extra for what they're already doing. Stone seems to be saying -- and we write that tentatively, because he leaves a lot of room for interpretation -- that only add-ons will cost anything, unless he means Twitter plans to bring ad support to high-traffic areas. (Hot hash tags and Summize search results look prime for this.)
"[We] hope to begin iterating on revenue products this year," he added.
Sounds like Jeff Bezos et al. are starting to tap their watches.
- Speeding could turn you into Haley Joel Osment.
- The Marijuana Policy people are boycotting Kellogg's for firing Phelps for smoking pot, even though he's been nailed in the past with a DUI. They feel this is hypocritical because pot doesn't necessarily kill; it just makes you real, real sleepy.
- So Good is boycotting Kellogg too, as is HuffPo.
- Guerrilla Comm rebrands.
- Twitter to charge brands for use. No word on how.
- Dame Edna for MAC.
- French billboard rage.
- Radiohead licensed
House of Cards one of its songs to a homeless shelter for an ad, dubbed "House of Cards," that breaks this month.
We don't know why we're writing this up, given that "going social" is not difficult, or costly, or even all that imaginative anymore, but hey -- if the PR people went out of their way to put this on the wire, then by gad we will honor their service.
Requisite quote candy:
"This is the first time a luxury fashion brand has launched a provocative social media campaign tying together their various data-linked platforms, like a multi-entry daily blog, twitter feed and facebook."
-- Scott Goodson, CEO, StrawberryFrog
A valuable lesson from Cisco: it doesn't matter who you are or what you're selling. Like Hallmark and Disney's made-for-TV movie department, you can turn any holiday to your advantage.
In this case, Cisco takes cheesy expressions of Valentine's Day love and wraps them around its ASR 9000, "the first in a new series of edge routers in nearly a decade" -- and more importantly, the fourth way to say I love you.
The video is presently circulating YouTube with FIVE out of FIVE stars! so far. It's the culmination of a months-long campaign in which pseudo-reporter Ira Pumfkin roamed Cisco's halls in pursuit of a big story. See the blog at Tech Edge Weekly (the link also appears at the end of the vid).
- "Twitter for sports." And then our eyes rolled back in our heads, and then we died.
- BFFs with the Wicked Witch of the West. She seems fun. DDR, your house or mine?
- The question we all must ask. Sometime.
- Shepard Fairey, the guy who did that Obama/Hope poster we all love to wheatpaste on walls that don't belong to us, gets arrested before his first solo art show. Duuuude. Sux.
- Scroll down to the part that reads "cb with a Flair."
- Intern sweatshop haiku.
Twitterite @Floyd Hayes decided we need another feel-good meme in our lives, so he invented twipple, a microblogging cross between Simon Says and Pay it Forward.
Once a critical mass starts following @twipple, the latter will deploy "short, fun, positive tweet instructions to do something kind in public," like smile at a stranger, give money to a street musician, or whistle your favourite tune. You can also make up your own and send them via DM or email twipple2009 [at] hotmail.com.
Hey all your social media strategists out there. It looks like you have a doubter in your midst. A man who goes by the name of Carlos Mandelbaum is featured in an Andy Rooney-style video that questions the social media notion that advertising is now all about creating brand conversations.
Lending some doubt to the fact (or not) this is just a guy commenting on social media as oppsed to a cheeky social media effort in and of itself, consider the following:
Love the Super Bowl? Love Twitter? Have ADD? Perfect. During the Super Bowl (or anytime leading up to it and following), use the hashtag #superads09 when posting to Twitter and your tweet will be captured and categorized for all to see.
Along with AdFreak, Adland and AgencySpy, we will have a live Twitter feed (it will also be on the homepage during the game) that will display any tweet to which someone adds #superads09.
So if you've got something to say about Super Bowl advertising before the game, during the game or after the game, tweet away and make sure you don't forget to add #superads09.
- Wanna "kick it 2.0 style?" Head over to Champion's Hoodie Remix and let your self expression get jiggy designing your own hoodie.
- Dominoes said "screw you" on national television to Subway following the receipt of a cease and desist Subway sent to Dominoes over claims the pizza chain made about its new sandwiches being tastier than Subway's.
- Gretchen Weiners would be so happy!! Fetch finally happened! Well sort of. FetchBack, today, joined the Network Advertising Initiative.
- Deadline for 2009 One Show entries is January 30.
- Writing on Mashable, Jennifer Van Grove takes a look at 40 brands using Twitter, what their doing and who's behind the screen name.
So you're an agency executive on your way to make a presentation to your client. A big client. A really big client. You land. You get off the plane. You head to your destination. You launch Twitter and write, "True confession but I'm in one of those towns where I scratch my head and say 'I would die if I had to live here!'"
Then, an employee at the client company sees the tweet, gets upset and fires off an email expressing offense to the tweet...and cc's agency and client management.
The agency executive? Ketchum VP James Andrews.
The client? FedEx...based in Memphis.
Oops. Big oops.
Ah, the never ending dangers of a 140 character tweet.