Twitter Users Speak Out On Be a Magpie

Yesterday, I wrote about Be a Magpie, a new service that promise to help you make money from Twitter by sending sponsored tweets to all your followers. So far, most of the reader comments have been on the negative side.

I wanted to find out what Twitter users thought about Be a Magpie so I decided to make that the question of the day for my Twitter followers. Their responses seem to be even more negative than the blog comments. It’s very clear to me that most of my Twitter followers would not appreciate receiving any paid tweets from me or anyone else and chances are high that they would unfollow anyone who send them a paid tweet. Keep your followers in mind if you decide to use Be a Magpie.

I may sign up for Be a Magpie as an advertiser and see what kind of ROI I can get. Will report back soon.

@sallychow (Sally Chow) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Can I have a Magpie for Christmas, Daddy? You won’t need to get me the pony.

@blantonious (Jason Blanton) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I guess it would depend how many times per day they would send a message.

@jamieharrop (jamieharrop) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Can’t we just leave Twitter to be about the people and the friendships? I sincerely hope it doesn’t get any more monetized

@steven_sanders (steven-sanders) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I think Twitter should be left alone and used for building community. Use your blog to monetize traffic.

@mascurator (Nikhil G.) says:
@johnchowdotcom i posted abt Magpie a long back when the service was first launched.

@anothersamchan (Sam Chan) says:
@JohnChowDotCom i don’t think my followers would appreciate it. and for aprox 30 bux? i’d rather help ppl return shopping carts 4 a mth.

@3rdbrain (Hammad Memon) says:
@JohnChowDotCom well, i thought idea of Magpie won’t be popular as much it seems, untill twitter introduce its own monetizing plan

@Skitzzo (Ben Cook) says:
@JohnChowDotCom It’s only natural. Advertising will find a way into any system that allows communicate to large groups of people.

@moneyreign (Zac Johnson) says:
@johnchowdotcom once people start trying to make money off twitter, people will get angry… but im sure it’s bound to happen

@CoryOBrien (Cory O’Brien) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Definitely NOT a fan! My full thoughts here:

@michaelkwan (Michael Kwan) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Magpie is bad, because if your followers are not familiar with the hashtag, they won’t even know it’s an ad/sponsored

@edrabbit (Ed Hunsinger) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I foresee a quick update to all twitter clients to start filtering messages with #magpie in them.

@thenextstagemag (Simon Ogden) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I would briskly unfollow anyone tweeting ads at me.

@leadingzero (Brandon Morgado) says:
@JohnChowDotCom It will probably entice some but they will soon learn that it will cost them followers and devalue their twitter experience.

@TONYKNUCKLES (tony greene) says:
@JohnChowDotCom not really digging the magpie john. We already have enough app intrusion, please no more ads

@studiorhoad (Studio Rhoad) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I signed up for yesterday. The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t like the idea. I deleted my acct several hrs later

@MichaelYurechko (Michael Yurechko) says:
@JohnChowDotCom It’s too spammy for my liking, I have unfollowed a few people because of it.

@HandsomeScott (ScottStanford) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I think it’s a bad idea. I am literally getting started from the ground up on my blog & twitter & wouldn’t appreciate it.

@hummingbird604 (Raul) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Anybody who Magpies gets unfollowed by me in about 45 seconds. No, wait. Takes me less to unfollow someone.

@GSto (Glenn Stovall) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I’d be fine with being a magpie, but then again, I’m also a total whore. and broke.

@HeatherinBC (HeatherinBC) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I LUV Magpie! An advertiser signed up with my referral and I get 30% of his Magpie fees for a YEAR! Hope he spends BIG πŸ™‚

@ianternet (Ian Fernando) says:
@JohnChowDotCom another PPP clone, bah – but its marketing and its pratically life

@technologyads (technologyads) says:
@JohnChowDotCom That will be like opening the flood gates to spam

@inhibitor (inhibitor) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Magpie is a great idea…if you want to invalidate the benefits of the Twitter platform for a few bucks.

@GrantGriffiths (Grant Griffiths) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Here is my reply, it is a blog post I wrote last week called "Keep your Magpie in the cage"

@brynyoungblut (Bryn Youngblut) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I think Magpie will fail miserably, if you plan on using magpie have fun losing a ton of followers

@darrensingleton (Darren Singleton) says:
@JohnChowDotCom If the people I followed begun to use it – I wouldn’t follow them for much longer. My thoughts –

@deege (deege) says:
@JohnChowDotCom There is no way I would use magpie. My twitter account represents me and my brand. Magpie risks losing followers.

@RumblingLankan (Nishadha) says:
@JohnChowDotCom best to wait , dont know how relevant the sponsored tweets are and you cant make much unless you have a huge following

@FeedingTheCrave (Eric Tan) says:
@JohnChowDotCom I would use that service with caution because they do have your password… who knows what damage they can do…

@TylerIngram (Tyler Ingram) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Magpie seems like it might be a spam service for advertisers

@harisn (Haris Nadeem) says:
@JohnChowDotCom Boring. My followers hate it.

29 thoughts on “Twitter Users Speak Out On Be a Magpie”

  1. Tyler Ingram says:

    I wonder how your ROI will be.

    Who here will be signing up for a Magpie publisher account?

    1. Taris J says:

      I don’t even use twitter, and as I posted in the original blog about this, I think you would drive away enough followers from your twitter to make it not worth the extra cash

      1. I can’t see it working really. There isn’t enough space for someone to advertise so why try overtaking the little tweet that there already is? People will seriously get peeved off with this service quickly because if everyone was running it then the twitter community will just break down, not good.

    2. Tyler Ingram says:

      I have yet to see anyone use it though rest assured I won’t be using it.

      1. I wonder what certain Twitter staff members think of this service, it will be interesting to see what they say.

  2. Darin Carter says:

    ha ha ha ha … those are some great responses! you might make it a success by yourself!


  3. Blantonious says:

    I saw yesterday that FaceBook offered Twitter $500 million, based on current valuation of FaceBook and they turned it down. Of course that is imaginary money at this point since its only valuation, but Twitter must have some kind of plan to make money somewhere down the road. I would think something like this Magpie thing. Insert ad every so many Tweets.

    1. BusinessX says:

      That is interesting because I wonder about Twitter’s monetization. People get so excited about new services, how great they are but they have expenses. Staff, servers, bandwidth, etc. May be minimal, but it is there. Even Craigslist eventually charged for some ads in some locations. They have to make money somewhere. MySpace, Facebook, Youtube, are all still trying to figure out how to make money. And as affiliate marketers you know Facebook and MySpace started selling ads to the masses ala Google. Seems the only way new services like Twitter can make money is to sell out to a larger company. Google bought YouTube for huge bucks. But now Google has to figure a way to make that money back.

      I always appreciated Twitter allowing commercial purposes to use it service explicitly in its TOS. But like Magpie, commercial Tweets may be coming one day, and that from the company itself. It cannot stay free forever, someone is paying the bills.

  4. I agree with some of them. I think that lot of people will quit to follow you if you take ads.

  5. John,

    No thanks to Magpie. Reading many tweets causes brain to s l o w d o w n…. Twitter is still clean and fresh, URL’s can lead those to your gentle marketing strategies with OPT-IN not ‘un-follow’ required.


    Nicholas Chase – ‘the video guy’ from BlogWorld Expo 2008

  6. edrabbit says:

    As if Twitter needs even more noise.

  7. DollarDevil says:

    If Magpie were to reward recipients of paid tweets similar to how Adsense rewards clicks, I along with the entire community would be all-aboard.

    Receiving paid tweets just because I am in an advertisers targeted demographic would just cause me to un-follow and blatant abusers would get the block.

    If there is no reward on the recipient end, there is no reason for us (the community) to support it.

    If that makes sense?

  8. iusefirefox says:

    Yea, I don’t like magpie. Its just spamming people. If you started to use it on your twitter account I think a lot of people would stop following you.

  9. Escoofield says:

    Maybe I agree.. If i use Magpie a lot of people would stop following on twitter..

  10. Jon Jennings says:

    My wife’s been using Magpie for the last three weeks and, with a little bit of careful management, most of the knee-jerk reactions from people who haven’t used it have proved unfounded.

    She likes it and the vast majority of her followers like it. Although maybe that’s because there are better campaigns running in her “keyword space” than in the keyword space of people here.

    Check out my blog post on our experiences with Magpie:
    (and some new features of Magpie that you may not know about which change the game significantly)

    1. This comment and the post linked to it sheds an entirely different light on what on the surface seems like a very bad idea. Based on your wife’s experience it might be worth testing.

  11. Trevor says:

    nice post with the responses.

    I’m sure lots of people will quit after Magpie.

  12. I suppose you could give it a try but on the otherhand it might be better to build up a good reputation on Twitter, it will attract more visitors to your blog in the long run. I must admit i am not really used to using twitter yet, for new users it is allready confusing let alone if they get spammed by adverts.

    It somehow reminds me of the popup spam ads years ago. You would be driven to a site with like 3 or 4 popup windows you had to click away before reading what you wanted to read.

    Anyway, good luck to those of you who will try it πŸ™‚

  13. Ryan McLean says:

    Advertising makes the world go round. Twitter is no different

  14. David Beroff says:

    Awww… John, get the kid her own pony! πŸ˜‰

  15. Shaun Carter says:

    Anytime people are given a heads up about potential advertising being put in front of them the reaction is negative. But, almost always it turns out ok… just look at television, newspapers, magazines, Internet, need I go on?

  16. Jon Jennings says:

    True… nobody’s going to say “yes please, I want you to send me adverts”
    But it’s up to the content provider to make the content worth the occasional advert. For instance, I find that weird curly page thing in the top right corner here irritating. But the content is worth it so I still come and read John’s blog.

  17. hope twitter will not be spammed now with sponsored.

  18. BusinessX says:

    Someone, somewhere is paying Twitter’s bills. And if this person is called an investor, they will want their money back. The only options I see are -1). they will have a get rich sell-out and let the next guy figure out how to make money (like Mark Cuban), 2). subscription, or 3). advertising.

  19. don’t like magpie. Its just spamming people. If you started to use it on your twitter account I think a lot of people would stop following you.

  20. John -Would you like to share how you inserts these polls into wordpress Post

    Something like has been used as code

  21. Li Weng says:

    I have a suspicion that if you do this thing, your account will be “suspected” of “strange activities” on twitter.

  22. John, if you are signing up to Magpie, please use my referral link :


    Thanks πŸ˜‰

  23. Dax Desai says:

    I usually immediately unfollow people that are advertising on Twitter. It is one thing for an occasional one about your new blog post, but unacceptable to blatently advertise.

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