Twitter Talks Revenue & Real-Time Search

    May 28, 2009
    Chris Crum

At the All Things Digital Conference, otherwise known as D7, Twitter Co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone talked about possibilities for making money in the future, but once again, did not want to give too many details away.

Williams said the company is working on a form for people to fill out to give them money, so evidently something is in motion. reports:

Williams and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone mentioned possible revenue-generators, including a service that would authenticate the source of information. For example, Dunkin’ Donuts could pay to make sure that impostors don’t send messages under its name.

Still, after nearly one hour of questions from journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher and from the audience, the co-founders gave no clear picture of Twitter’s business model. Stone demurred when asked what would be the company’s key revenue driver in two years.

Williams added that he isn’t entirely opposed to banner ads, but said it’s probably the least interesting thing the company could do. ZDNet has some footage from the All Things Digital Conference here.

For More Straight from the Mouth of a Twitter Co-founder…

Danny Sullivan interviewed Biz Stone last week. They talked mostly about the real-time search aspect of Twitter. Danny offers a full article here as well as the following three clips of Stone talking:



There’s no question that real-time search has become one of the hottest topics in the industry. Some consider it to be merely a buzzword, while other see it as the future of search. Google Co-founder Larry Page has even acknowledged that Google needs to do it.