A Dream in the Making for Twitter’s Revenue Stream?

Today TechCrunch published an article about the dilemma Twitter may be facing in deciding its functional and accepted revenue stream model.

But if I recall correctly, didn’t Twitter hire a business manager a few months ago, whose aim might have been to develop their revenue stream model? What has he been working on thus far? I don’t foresee any other revenue models for Twitter other than placing paid ads within the tweets.

I don’t think there is a single user who would want to pay a subscription fee to follow some celebrities, no matter who may that be, unless a few fanatical users. Also, charging a fee for business accounts, as was reported on several blogs, may not even work since differentiating between a business and a non business account may be a daunting task.

Thus, the only option I see for Twitter’s revenue stream model is to place paid ads within the tweets or on the right side bar within the trend topics. Anything different may be detrimental to the explosive growth of Twitter.

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Obituaries and Memorial Services Going Social Networking

For years, families and friends have traditionally mourned their loved ones in private settings, mostly enclosed only to those who were relatively close to the deceased person. However, as social networks are becoming more of the everyday living for many people around the world, so as online social memorial services, where families and friends are able to easily memorialize and eulogize their deceased loved ones, cohorts, and even pets.

Social networks such as Facebook and MySpace have seen a high rise in group pages created by fans, friends, and families of the deceased loved ones. In June 2009, a group page that was created to eulogize the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has seen an overnight sky-rocketing of more than 7 million fans from around the world in just two days, making it the largest group page on Facebook.

In recent years, a few memorial web sites, such as Tributes.com (http://www.tributes.com), have sprouted up, geared to capture a niche market for online obituaries and memorial service. These web sites offer several online services, including obituary news, information, and funeral announcements.

A simple and free social application for social networks, Wrisen.com (http://apps.facebook.com/wrisenbook), was launched on Tuesday this week, which offers users to best remember, honor and cherish their loved ones. Unlike many other social apps and web sites, Wrisen offers a new view for friends and families to eulogize their loved ones and pets. While Tributes.com is becoming a hub for obituary news and information, Wrisen is instantly becoming the central hub for social eulogy, where families and friends can upload and share photos and videos for their loved ones, post condolences and comments on their loved ones’ profiles on Wrisen.

“I am from South Africa and currently I’m a student at Franklin Univeristy here in Columbus. Two days ago, my uncle unexpectedly passed away in a car accident, but I don’t have money to go home for the funeral. Most of my family members are on Facebook and I told them to add Wrisen to their profiles so we can share and exchange our sorrow and mourn our uncle. Even though I am here and they are there, I still feel as though I am with them, in the same room, because with Wrisen, we are able to share our grief in real-time.” Cries Mfeko.

Each time someone posts a photo, video, comment, eulogy, or a condolence on any profile on Wrisen, then it’s instantly distributed and posted on every Facebook friends’ homepages. In the process, the Wrisen system allows users to share memories and exchange sympathies with everyone in their friends’ list, which may help make them feel a little better.

Most of us everywhere, have lost some members of our family, relatives, friends, and or those we knew, or simply admired, and the more people you may have sharing condolences with you, the better you may feel, even if it’s just a little.

“What we’re doing is building Wrisen as a platform for families and friends to easily share and comfort each other with everyone else in the world. So that they can have a free place not only to grieve, but to remember, honor and cherish their loved ones forever.” Claims Timothy Sweatte, Wrisen’s VP of Marketing.

Wrisen.com, a Social App to Help You Remember, Honor, and Cherish Your Loved Ones

Wrisen LogoWrisen (www.wrisen.com) was launched on July 27, 2009, and it’s live now exclusively on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/wrisenbook. Wrisen, a social app for social networks lets you easily create profiles for all your loved ones, post and share eulogies and condolences, upload their pictures, videos, and memorial gifts.

Wrisen enables you to share sympathy about your loved ones with your all friends and family members on Facebook.

The application is a Facebook-like by itself within Facebook, it’s free, easy and simple to use, and each eulogy, condolence or comment posted on any profile and on the profile wall is instantly distributed and shared among all your Facebook friends.

You can basically create and post a profile for any person or pet that you may have admired and adored. It could be anyone from the past, such as Princess Diana, Gandhi or anyone you want to eulogize.

Wrisen is a cool social application that I created to help make social network users feel better and forever remember their passed loved ones.

Try it out and please let me know what you think about it.

Making the Best Out of the Worst, Especially Right Now

Someone once told me that the start is always the easiest but is the end that counts the most. So, whatever it is that you are doing, people will always appreciate how you start, but will always remember how you finish.

Well, for me, it’s been a long journey trying to find my pitch, my niche, and I believe I found it now. Since August 2008, I’ve embarked on a project that seemed nearly impossible, in a crowded market economy. But I’ve always believed in myself, and the power of being creative, to find the best out of the worst, even when most of us may seem to be out of luck due to our current economy. But I believe the best is yet to come. I think I can truly say so, because being an economics student here at OSU, and in Spring 2010, I hope to start my PhD program in Economics, I strongly believe that our economy will turn around sooner than we think, and no matter where you are or whatever you are doing, you can make the best out of anything, especially right now.

I am a strong believer, always have been. I believe that each and every one of us have certain God given, unalienable gifts and talents, and it’s up to each and everyone of us to go all the way and explore how to maximize our potential in order to make our dreams come true.

In August 2008, my team and I started working on my new project, Welated (www.welated.com), and it seemed almost impossible making it and developing it to become an actual, viable entity with an actual business model that doesn’t just depend on paid ads like other social networking sites, and I have to say that, with God’s help, I think finally made it happen. Welated is now done, fully functional, and I am very excited about it. We started testing it on January 2009, under a certain code name, and over 8,000 people signed up within just two months, and that was amazing.

We’re now migrating the site from the testing alpha to beta mode, it is a combination of Facebook, MySpace, and Hi5.com, all in one. We combined all the cool tools you’ll find on most of your favorite social networking sites and place them in one easy-to-use Welated platform.

However, Welated has a creative twist to it, that’s, instead of simply offering traditional social networking tools, Welated offers an innovative platform that allows users to keep track of what their lovers are doing at any given time. That’s, a Welated user can instantly know if her or his wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend is being unfaithful and more, anywhere. I purposely founded Welated to help people learn more about each other’s dating history, interests, and activities, so that no one can ever say; I wish I only knew.

Please, take some time and check out Welated at www.welated.com, sign up, it’s free, and take a tour of the site, experiment with the tools on the site, and please let me know what you think. You can always delete your account at any time if you decide not to stay registered, and feel free to search for my name on the site and connect with me.

Feel free to Welated me at; http://www.welated.com/profile.php?user=simon

Latest Update: GoDaddy.com’s Shady and Unethical Domain Names’ Renewal Process

The following is my latest update on my two previous posts regarding GoDaddy.com’s possible unethical European domain name expiration and renewal procedures.

Since my last update here, I have had numerous email exchanges with an executive from GoDaddy.com, trying to amicably negotiate with GoDaddy.com in regard to their European domain name unethical expiration, renewal, and cancellation procedure. And, after numerous email exchanges, GoDaddy.com finally agreed to give me back, two of my domain names, Rentersq.co.uk, and Tipmart.co.uk, by renewing them for additional two years at no cost to me. But there are other .DE domain names that I have lost because of their renewal procedure.

The way GoDaddy.com registers and manages European domain names, such as .co.uk, .de, etc., it’s like having a retail store that you own and manage, and your livelihood depends on your retail store’s revenue. However, your retail store’s landlord, who after you’ve signed a one-year lease, always comes to your store, once a year, at least 60 – 90 days before the end of your lease agreement, asking you to pay for the lease term, and if you decide to wait until the actual due date of your lease agreement, then your landlord instantly locks up your retail store, closes it down, and redirects your customers to the landlord’s store elsewhere, leaving you to lose business as your customers are redirected elsewhere.

And, that’s exactly how GoDaddy.com operates when coming to registering and managing the European domain names as I have it explained here. Also, you may want to read here what other customers are saying about similar problem with GoDaddy.com.

I have written to GoDaddy.com several times, but with no amicable solution. And some of my requests are for GoDaddy;

– To instantly change its policies and procedures for its European domain names’ expiration procedures, invoicing and renewal process, and not to ever redirect expiring domain names for any customer to the GoDaddy’s parking pages with paid advertisement.

– To stop cancelling domain names from its customers account prior to the actual expiration dates.

– To adopt similar industry domain name expiration and renewal standard such as that of Yahoo! Domains’ expiration and renewal procedure, that GoDaddy must only cancel any domain name from any user’s account only after the actual expiration due date. And if for any reason whatsoever, that GoDaddy.com is unable to do so, then it must stop registering European domain names, directly or indirectly.

– Not to deactivate, cancel and then forward or redirect any expiring or expired domain names for any customer to any of the GoDaddy’s parking page with or without any paid and or sponsored advertisement.

– To publicly announce, by whatever form of written public announcement, such as a press release or posting on GoDaddy’s official blog, that GoDaddy.com has agreed to make changes to GoDaddy’s Universal Terms of Services in regard to its expiration, invoicing, and renewal procedures for the European Domain Names, and that GoDaddy will no longer cancel and redirect expiring or expired domain names to GoDaddy’s parking pages with paid or sponsored advertisement.

– To offer a discount price of $9.99 per each European Domain name for any and all of GoDaddy’s past and current customers, who may want to purchase any new European domain name through GoDaddy.com.

I have a long list and I am still collecting names of those, anyone, past or current customer of GoDaddy.com, who have been affected by GoDaddy.com’s European Domain Names’ expiration and renewal procedure as explained above for a possible class action against GoDaddy.com. So, please get in touch with me the soonest.

Google Should Aquire Mozilla Firefox

The best business marriage could be forged between Google and Mozilla.

Google is trying to break into the Internet browser business with its not-too long ago launched browser, Chrome. And, Mozilla’s Firefox has been closing in on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which so far has not caused any serious threat to the Internet Explorer.

Mozilla’s Firefox homepage is integrated with Google’s Search as its default search engine, which still doesn’t necessarily make a difference. But, Google can easily break the market barrier, simply by acquiring Mozilla’s Firefox and then integrate its Chrome and Search technology within Firefox.

By doing so, will serious cause competitive efficiency to the Internet browser market, which will greatly best serve and benefit the users.