TwitPub Wants You To Pay For Twitter Streams

    April 16, 2009

While Twitter continues to tease us with its advertising plans, third-party providers continue to get creative with their efforts to make money from the micro-blogging service. Next in line to give it a shot is TwitPub, which lets you charge users to access your protected Twitter stream.

Here’s how TwitPub explains its "get rich quick" service:

TwitPub is just another fantastic way to monetize Twitter. The best way to be rewarded for generating quality content (or tweets) is to get paid for it. All you need to do is to have a Twitter account and set it to private (or protect your updates so it’s not publicly visible) in your Twitter settings.

Next, signup for TwitPub and our system will automate approvals when a person subscribe to your Premium Tweet on TwitPub. Plus, you set the price on how much you want charge per subscription! It’s easy. Less hassle and gives you more control! All you have to do is Tweet!

Yeah, right. There’s just one problem. People won’t pay to read your Twitter stream. Seriously! There are lots of really smart individuals on Twitter–and lots of great news providers too–but I wouldn’t pay a penny to read what they had to say in 140 characters or less.

Would you pay to read a Twitter stream?