9.09.2014

Twitter Goes Commercial Other Than Social Soon

Currently being tested in U.S., Twitter will soon allow you to buy merchandise via popular Twitter accounts. This addon feature would not, however, rob you from enjoying Twitter the way you enjoy it today. Due to this commercial feature, the Privacy Policy of Twitter would be amended to include new sections related to your purchasing info. For the reason that your Twitter would now include your buying info, like credit card information, Twitter had to make stricter measures and procedures to protect your account, prevent spam, fraud, and abuse. In the future, Twitter also plans to include special offers that you can redeem at select stores.

I don't blame Twitter for planning to make Twitter commercial other than social. Facebook has ventured into that since 2007. We've been enjoying Twitter's free services since 2006; and I wondered how Twitter was earning for giving those SMS-like services for free. After 8 years, I believe Twitter has the right to enjoy return on its investments.

Twttr sketch-Dorsey-2006.jpg
A blueprint sketch, c. 2006, by Jack Dorsey, envisioning an SMS-based social network.
"Twttr sketch-Dorsey-2006" by Jack Dorsey - twttr sketch. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Nothing goes for free for good. One way or another, you need to benefit from your ROI.
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called tweets.—Wikipedia
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