News Flash: Twitter doesn’t care about monetization. In my opinion that is a good thing. The entire business strategy for Twitter and Ev is product focus and adoption based. Their only goal is critical mass. If they build a good product they will get there. And as they say in golf “it’s looking good off the tee..”
There are many who are speculating on Twitter. Duncan Riley says that Twitter will break into the mainstream. Meanwhile Allen Stern says they are fu$ked for not focusing on a revenue model. I have been using twitter lately and find it a good resource for global topic based conversations. It is taking me away from Facebook. Facebook has been really letting me down lately. What’s interesting is that they have some good developers writing some very relevant apps.
Jeremiah Owyang always has the latest on the twitter apps.
My favorites are:
Twitter stats – gets all the activity stats by username.
Tweetscan – keyword search on all the twitter posts. Tweetscan is great for monitoring what is being said about you or your products.
Tweeterboard– playing off the vanity of users this app is great to see where you are. I like it because it will create more incentive to tweet, but I don’t think the algorithm is correct. It doesn’t seem to reward good tweets just volume – it needs to reward valuable twittering. I am on twitter username: Furrier. I love the direction twitter is going and it is the new Digg. I think that Digg has lost it’s community value. I no longer use Digg.