I don’t know if there is a debate on whether Twitter can make money. But however I found following Tweet by @ev which makes me think so.
Email: “Your domain name (twitter.com) has been found online. Please let us know your price.” (And people say we can’t make money!) [Original Tweet]
And to add some more details, check Twitter about page. Following is an excerpt from money section of twitter about page
While our business model is in a research phase, we spend more money than we make.
Hmm.. I went so far away from the topic. But later on you’ll realize that it’s “not that far away” :) .
From the day I realized that the ‘following’ list of a Twitter page lists users in order of joining, I wanted to find who is the first user. I was checking the very first users listed on following lists of famous tweeple. Finally I found the way in to Twitter employees’ Twitter pages. Namely I checked twitter pages of @jack , @biz & @ev . Finally I realized that I can’t find any one before @jack (jack dorsey). And by the time I was messing up with twitter API and I could collect following details.
<description>A sailor, a tailor.</description>
<description>Co-founder of Twitter</description>
If I try to retrieve time line of the user number one I get following result.
You can see that the message is created in 2006 & whoever created message has used twttr, the name used to twitter at first.
$ curl http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/1.xml
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<created_at>Mon Jul 10 14:21:11 +0000 2006</created_at>
<text>just setting up my twttr</text>
However This doesn’t belong to the user number 1. There’s a user named 1 @1 :D & this belongs to him. And he has 73 followers :D . I hope this is the first twitter account. The only update of @1 is done via text. Maybe that’s done for testing update from text. By the way it’s Twitter ID 436.
Again went off on a tangent. Yes we’re going insearch of the Twitter user number one.
Following is the result I get when I try to retrieve friends list for user number 1. Request for friend list can be done by user number. That’s why I use this.
<html><body>You are being <a href=”http://twitter.com/login”>redirected</a>.</body></html>
Yes as you can see I’m being redirected. If you closely check the user details I mentioned before you’ll realize that user number 14 is also missing.
So finally I come to this conclusion. Twitter user number 1-11 are still there wasted. And the practical first Twitter user is @jack. And I want you to jump back to the first portion of this article. Remember we were talking about making money?
This money making idea is not originally mine. My best bud @seejay came up with this idea when I talked to him about very topic.
On IM seejay said :
“It means Twitter can make money selling those IDs on ebay?”
Hell yeah. They can make money (If they like).
I think it’s possible for Twitter guys to get those accounts back & I hope there will be people to buy those accounts for unbelievable prices. I say that because this actually happened :D .
Get some money and improve our loving Twitter dear Twitter guys. Give me few bucks if you like. well…forget seejay in this case ;) .