Twitter confirms paid pro accounts coming

It's been debated for a while now about whether or not Twitter, a popular social networking service, will begin including a paid pro account for use. Well, as the Wall Street Journal reports, Twitter itself has confirmed the news that a paid account is coming. The company has recently hired a product manager to organize the development of these accounts.

Twitter has become very popular with not only the average consumer, but celebrities and companies as well, many using it to promote products or hold competitions. This may be causing problems for the company; why would companies pay Twitter to display ads when they can already broadcast ads using the service for free? Well, companies would be still willing to pay to get features like follower statistics, and a way to authenticate the account, so it is trusted.

There is currently no word on how much a paid account would cost, or what it will feature, but it is being assumed it will be a rather high fee as companies would be able to pay a lot to have vastly improved tools on Twitter. Additionally, it's currently being aimed at companies, and not at the average Joe, so when these new accounts do launch don't expect them to be very affordable.

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I still don't get it why twitter is geting all the fuzz, it's laging most of the time for me and I don't see why this is a killer app...

Twitter is only a hyped up page for poor lonely geeks wanting to be important and others to see them.
Now its in the process to turn into a Advertising plattform, cause of its userbase.
Facebook (if they don't do stupid things) fits my needs of socializing online with friends... no need for beeing an attention (w-h-o-r-e)

blackice912: I think everyone knows what "Twitter" is all about by now but that is how he would express his distaste at a service. I, too, didn't think highly of the service. I don't join any other social sites besides neowin.net. I could say many negative things about Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.

Marshalus said,
It goes beyond that.

Exactly. I use Twitter to help with following news and live events, like I mentioned somewhere else.

Not at all. I've tried it, and even used it so that clients could get updates on how their dogs are doing in my care. However, no client could see what it provided that email didn't, and acknowledged that email could let me give more information too. I had to agree with them.

It seems to appeal more to those who have a need to be constantly acknowledged, or those who believe that their life is far more exciting than it looks to anyone who is looking in on it.

Of course, you get the rare exception like Steven Fry; he really does have an interesting life and has interesting things to say. But the vast majority of twitter comments are utter drivvle from supremely boring and tedious people who would accomplish far more if they just stopped trying to be as cool as those who have an interesting life.

Marshalus said,
The sad thing is, I would probably do this. Just because.

As much as I want to say I wouldn't, yeah, I probably would too. Depending on what features they brought in.

Sam Symons Live said,
As much as I want to say I wouldn't, yeah, I probably would too. Depending on what features they brought in.

I would just pay so that I could read even more of Sam's massive amounts of tweets that he post daily :P He is such a twitter whore

thefarewellnote said,
I would just pay so that I could read even more of Sam's massive amounts of tweets that he post daily :P He is such a twitter whore

LOL. Yeah, I really am. I really need to cut down, but some lectures are so damned boring.