Twitter: Secret Business Model On Track For Q1


Twitter CEO Evan Williams made an appearance in San Francisco yesterday and dropped a few new hints about Twitter’s secret business model . Evan still isn’t saying just how his service can make money without doing things that Twitter’s users will hate, but here’s what we know.


  • Revenue is coming Q1, Evan promises. “I don’t want to raise money in 2009.”
  • Twitter is in talks with “large consumer packaged good companies.” But no word yet on just what that means. 
  • In the works: Grouping Twitter friends into cliques for easier following, a feature the microblogging service has been promising since at least June.
  • Also being promised: Making Twitter easier to use for a general audience. Evan didn’t mince words here — “It’s amazing anyone uses Twitter today,” he said. “It’s hard.”

In other words, more of the same. But give Twitter credit for a real progress: Site outages (the dreaded fail whale) seem to occur far less frequently than they used to.

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