Lots and lots of discussion about potential business models for Twitter today. I think either Jason Calacanis started it off with his Twitter as a billion dollar business post or Allen (see I spelled it right this time!) Stern with his Twitter F’ed post regardless of the order, both are thought provoking. Personally I like Jason’s ideas of ad-supported and pro-level accounts. It would be something that I might pay for. Twitter is key to my daily info load plus another connection mechanism (you can follow my Twitter updates). Mark Evans, my predecessor here, thinks that Facebook is the obvious and most likely candidate to buy up Twitter–something that would make me seriously consider jumping off the Twitter wagon for sure.
While it might be unlikely given the current situation, I think Yahoo! is a great match. Twitter needs better communities and Yahoo has that with MyBlogLog. Could the two be paired together to make something really cool? I’d love to have a way to follow a particular discussion or group of followers (like Canadians in tech-social media). Could that be done with MBL tech? Google could be a player here, if only to keep it out of the hands of others, though I think Google would be better off scooping up Skype and StumbleUpon from eBay.
Twitter is hot at the moment, and it’s elegant in its simplicity-would something with Facebook or Yahoo! destroy that? I think the business model is a secondary concern over ensuring that Twitter can grow and expand without alienating the rest of us.