Kara Swisher

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Best Monetization Idea From Twitter Yet: "Follow This" Fashion!


BoomTown always enjoys trying to come up with monetization ideas for Twitter, especially since the boys over at the hot San Francisco-based microblogging service seem so charmingly uninterested in it.

Some of my brainstorms: Charging media pundits a microfee every time they say Twitter; Snuggie-Tweet, a wearable Twitter-branded device and fleece blanket outfit that vibrates every time you get tweeted; a twit-on-twit-off light switch called the Tweeter; and, of course, the Chia-Twit.

I have obviously inspired Dustin Diaz, a Twitter user interface engineer, who tweeted this fine idea yesterday:

“idea: Twitter Juicy Couture pants that say ‘follow this’ across the butt.”

Genius! It could be a whole fashion line, which could then move into a broad range of “follow this” accessories.

Here’s an image of the said Diaz tweet (click on it to make it larger):


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus