Calacanis Offers More for Featured Twitter Spot
Update: Calacanis has upped the ante, saying "My new offer to Twitter: $500,000 for three years for @questions as a suggested user in the sign-up process." He also talks about how this could be the next Super Bowl Ad, and explains his reasoning for making the offer in the first place.
Original article: You have to give Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis credit. When his name has been in the news most recently for employing a felon, he has managed to overshadow that with the buzz created by his offering of $250,000 to Twitter for 2 years’ worth of Twitter’s "suggested Follows."
Here’s a sample of what he said on Twitter:
Calacanis has told the media that the offer is real, and that he believes in five years the top 20 spots will be worth a million a year. Naturally, as Twitter has still yet to unveil a revenue-model, the blogosphere (and Twittersphere[?]) is buzzing about this.
For example, Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider says, "Even if Twitter kills the ‘Suggested’ page, this exchange provides a hint of how powerful (and profitable) this company can eventually become," says Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider. "We continue to think it will eventually be worth more than $1 billion."
Frank Watson at SearchEngineWatch says, "Nice to see a value put on something on Twitter."
Calacanis told Eric Schonfeld that he has contacted Twitter’s co-founders and one of its investors, and that he is thinking of sending them the check anyway so "if it sits on their desk they might just cash it."
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