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Want to buy a Twitter account that already has 1397 followers? Guess what? You can! Looks like there is a new market starting up, the building and selling of Twitter accounts. Twitter Flipping? The Ol’ Twit-Flip? You’ll be amazed at what a good Twitter account will sell for. Good news is, you can watch the entire auction right here on PotPieGirl.com!
Twitter Account Flipping? You Bet!
Twitter accounts can be transferred just like Squidoo lenses can. You can also change the name of a Twitter account to whatever name is still available on Twitter. With those two factors mixed with a helping dose of Twitter-mania, it is not doubt we have the first wave of Twitter Account Flipping. Isn’t it amazing how the internet makes it possible to sell things you don’t even own? =)
I was reading a great article over at WebProNews by Jason Lee Miller. I like Jason’s writing and his choice of topics, as well as the entire WebProNews site. Jason wrote an article today titled What’s The Point of Twitter? His article asked a lot of the same questions I have about Twitter. In a recent post I made about how to use social marketing to increase blog traffic, I flat out admitted that I am a total twit when it comes to Twitter. Based on that, I was very interested to read what Jason had to say today.
What is a Twitter Account Worth?
What FLOORED me was when Jason went on to talk about how some simply don’t have any use for Twitter, and how another user has decided to auction off his Twitter account. Selling a Twitter account didn’t floor me, but the current bid on that Twitter account DID floor me. As of this writing, the current bid on the Twitter account with 1397 followers is:
Currently, there are FORTY bids on this Twitter account – and SEVEN days left on the auction! Simply amazing. Looks as if someone else has jumped on the sell your Twitter account bandwagon, too. The other Twitter account up for auction actually has more followers that the first…but not a bid to be seen – yet.
I have piped in the live RSS feed of these Twitter account auctions so we can watch what happens. Looks like we have 5 days and 7 days left respectively.
How Much Would You Pay For a Twitter Account?
What IS the worth of a Twitter account? What will happen to said Twitter accounts after a transfer has been made? I’m quite curious to see mainly because, in my little pea-brain, when I follow someone on Twitter I am following a certain person. Not sure how I would feel if that person auctioned me off to the highest bidder.
Also makes me curious to see if Jason Calacanis will be auctioning off HIS huge Twitter account. Is that why he is so gung-ho to build a huge following? If this Twitter account of 1397 followers is already getting bids of over $1500 with SEVEN days left – just imagine how much Mr Calacanis’ Twitter account would go for!
I’ll be watching this to see the outcome…and then I’m sure we’ll see more Twitter accounts go up for auction very shortly. Would you sell your Twitter account? What is your Twitter account worth to YOU?
I’d love some opinions on all this…. feel free to pipe in with your two cents.
April 20, 2008
Curious to know what happened with this Twitter account auction? So was I!
Read Jason Lee Millers follow up story here.
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wow, that is amazing. It seems like twitter is all over the place right now. I can’t seem to get away from it!!! It seems weird to me that people would pay that, people can so easily just stop following you. I mean, I know the people I follow ~ like you~ it’s because I know them, like them and learn from them. If you sold your twitter account and all the sudden I’m getting random twitter messages from someone other than you I would just stop following. Doesn’t quite seem worth it to me. did you see a guy bought one man’s goal for 10K? I think it’s getting a little out of control!
I totally agree… this is getting a bit out of control. I’m not sure how I feel about the Twitter Account auctions, but in reality, it doesn’t matter how I feel, does it? If someone sells their Twitter account and it’s one I follow, I can always drop it if I am not happy with the new owner.
I’m really curious to see how this all plays out.
Not surprised. Everything is for sale now a days. Only problem with Twitter is I still don’t understand it. I just don’t get why I want some stalker knowing exactly what I am doing.
I guess, if you just use it for a few links it might be OK, but all links are no follow, except for the link in the profile.
Maybe I am missing something.
Hmmm…. Looks like the listing for the auction is now gone. The auction still had 7 days, but now… POOF. Wonder if it was sold? Can you end an auction early?
A-Ha… found it….
“The seller ended this listing early because the item is no longer available for sale.”
Wonder what happened…anyone know?
More interesting reading on this topic:
Looks like Andrew Baron changed his mind and decided to not auction off his Twitter account on eBay. From his Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/andrewbaron):
” I would never abandon you, but I could not leave you with an empty message in my place. I deleted the auction. New development forthcoming.”
I hate to rain on your parade, but the auction was cancelled
Yup, Mark…saw that. (See my comments above yours) =)