Here’s a fun Friday thought exercise. What are the pro’s and con’s of Twitter implementing a Pay-Per-Tweet system. And just to be clear, I haven’t heard speak of such a thing, I’m just imagining.

Brief background: this morning I composed a tweet in which I mused that I wished my Twitter followers had a way to thank me for all the tweets about my one-year-old daughter’s bowel movements that I didn’t tweet. (Since the semester ended, I’ve been a full-time stay-at-home dad, so that’s where my brain is these days).

Anyway, I composed the tweet and was about ready to publish it when I thought better of it. It was just a random thought, and not even a particularly funny one, so it wasn’t really worth putting out there, I figured.

But the truth is, whenever I abort a tweet, I actually feel really good about it. Like, I could’ve shared at no cost to me or anyone else, but why? Why add to the clutter? So then I thought that if people were charged something like 10 cents for every tweet, there’d be a lot less clutter on Twitter.

And, so, I put it to you. What would be the pro’s and con’s of charging for tweets. I’ve thought of a few myself, but I’m interested in what others have to say.

Happy Friday!

 
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