I just signed up for SuperChirp!, a new subscription model Twitter service that I saw discussed over on TechCrunch. I’m suspicious of how many non-celebrities will make any money off of this (you know because we’re not the soft, chewy centers of the universe) and I’m even more doubtful that any already-celebrities will bother to sign up for such a service. I also think a lot of people will want to share any valuable information they have to tweet as freely as they ever do in order to gain more followers, so there’s probably not much value in this model.
That being said, the service works via OAuth, so you don’t have to give SuperChirp! your Twitter password. Also, there is an option to let your privately tweeted tweets appear in the public timeline after 7 days. Given those two nuggets of goodness, I decided to go ahead and sign up for SuperChirp! and give it a test run to see how it goes. I’m offering Mac OS X and iPhone related tools, tricks, and tips for a $0.99 per month fee and you can sign up here in interested. I imagine highlighting freeware and shareware that I find particularly useful and pointing to helpful troubleshooting problems. If you subscribe, feel free to ask me troubleshooting questions via Twitter and I will answer to the subscription list:
We’ll see how it goes, but as I said, I don’t think this is really poised for success and I think the only reason it’s getting attention is because it hits upon the big question surrounding Twitter: how does Twitter make money? For the company, the answer is up to them and the rest of us should stop obsessing about it. For individuals, I think that if you’re really trying to make money off of Twitter, then you’re doing it wrong. If you enjoy Twittering then it can help build the brand of you and be a nice on-ramp to other things, just like blogging.