Back on May 28th, I announced that I would be auctioning off a sponsorship of my Twitter profile and feed — for charity (The David Wright Foundation), of course.
You'll note that I insisted that the words 'sponsored by' or 'advertisement' be featured on any Metacafe image, so as not to confuse anyone as to the nature or intent. I actually received the images without those accompanying words, so I added them myself in Photoshop and got Metacafe's approval.
…That said, we're cool with people monetizing their own use of Twitter, in general (as long as they're above-board about it). Because it's all opt-in, if people are annoyed or not getting value, unfollow is easy.
As a side note, and for the record, while we don't mind the community brainstorming, we're not in desperate search for a business model. We have some ideas we'll try out when the time is right, but Twitter isn't going to go away for lack of one any time soon (nor will reliability issues be solved with one)…
From my perspective, the reason for me doing this was clear — to start a conversation, get marketers looking at emerging technologies, and collaborate on finding ways to monetize them. As I've said before, consumer behavior is evolving faster than advertising, and we run the risk of today's best new technologies running out of funding before finding monetizable solutions.
Living in the world of social media as we at Metacafe do, we
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