600 tweets per second – valuable or vapid information?
50 million tweets a day. That’s the estimated number of 140 character-long messages going out every day on Twitter, according new info from its analytics team.
When Twitter was a baby in 2007, people were tweeting 5,000 times a day. By 2008, that number was 300,000, and by 2009 it had grown to 2.5 million per day. Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day. So far in 2010, we’re soaring with up to 50 million each day, or an average of 600 tweets per second.
With all that information flying around, it seems like someone should make money on Twitter. Yvonne Thompson, a former telecommunications manager with Bank of America, tells me people are making money through the social networking service. Thompson is one of the editors of the Geekpreneur book “99 Ways to Make Money Using Twitter.”
Some of the more unusual ideas include selling your tweets in a book, or e-book and sell them. “If you’re engaging and have value to add to a particular topic, people would buy it,” Thompson says.
Selling artwork, getting business referrals, target local customers, promoting a book – all those things are easy to do and free with Twitter. And she doesn’t think Twitter is a fad; it has become a part of the electronic landscape.
You’ve probably noticed by now, I’m the head Twitter cheerleader. But I’m putting down my pom poms tomorrow and embracing an entirely different view of social media. You’ll read some thoughts on this blog from a Kent firefighter who describes himself as a bit of a “professional contrarian,” resisting “all of the must do’s of society.”
I appreciate, and somewhat envy, his perspective.