Tweet a Commercial, Make a Quick Buck

Twitterverse split on ethics of Sponsored Tweets
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2009 5:54 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A new company is brokering deals between businesses and Twitterers who want to make a few extra bucks plugging products, Time reports. The founder of the website Sponsored Tweets says 7,000 enterprising Twitterers have signed up for the service in its first month. Twitterers get paid based on a range of considerations, including their number of followers. Companies look at the database of participants and make an offer.

“I'm a stay-at-home mom who uses Twitter while the kids are napping,” says one moneymaker who gets $1 a pop Tweeting for Kmart. “I figure, hey, why not get paid at the same time?” Not everyone is happy about the development. “They say I'm selling out, that it's Twitter blasphemy,” says another participant. Forget ‘em. She needs a “little payback for the four years of my life I've invested in my blog.”