What Do Tweeters Think of Sponsored Tweets?

Izea launched Sponsored Tweet three days ago and the blog and Twittersphere have been a buzzed over it. Some think this is the greatest thing since sliced bread while others are predicting that this is the end of Twitter as we know it.

Personally, I thought Sponsored Tweets was inevitable. Whenever a market gets created, marketers will eventually try to monetize it. And with Twitter growing by millions of users every few days, this is far too big of a market to ignore. I wanted to find out what my followers thought of the new paid per tweet service from IZEA so I sent out a tweet requesting feedback. This is what you had to say about it. Feel free to add your comment to the debate.

@scottfish (Scott Fish) says:
@JohnChow I think its a good idea if you can match up the audience and advertiser – it needs to work like opt-in email.

@radekstangel (Radek Stangel) says:
@JohnChow IMO PayPerTweet has a great future. I don’t see any difference from PayPerPost.

@kpslover007 (Uthman Baksh) says:
@JohnChow I wish I could make money by doing this!

@cambirch (Cam Birch) says:
@JohnChow I like the site, looks rather interesting and profitable should some offers come in.

@Daniel_Lambert (Daniel Lambert) says:
@JohnChow Nice site design, would try it out but getting an error saying it can’t connect to twitter.

@FaisalAnwar (Make Money Online) says:
@JohnChow I think SponsoredTweet is going to be the next biggest advertising media besides google. Its the first time advertising got pe …

@RowanMsmith (Rowan Smith) says:
@JohnChow I hate that every form of media available gets turned into an ad platform until we eventually tune it out (and the original media)

@mikebuechele (Michael Buechele) says:
@JohnChow I think it’s raising a banner for the little guy. If Tiger, Jeter and Peyton get to endorse products so should we. Right WOM.

@birddrop (BirdDrop) says:
@JohnChow Sounds like a good way to get BirdDropped.

@joetech (Joe Tech) says:
@JohnChow I think IZEA hit a home run again. Just waiting for more advertisers so I have more opps.

@jawatkin (Justin Watkins) says:
@JohnChow I think it’s a good reason to unfollow someone…

@crystalsilver (Crystal Silver) says:
@JohnChow I don’t think I’ll be participating. I’m more interested in Twitter for connecting with intriguing people on a meaningful level.

@ErikaMarie (Erika Marie) says:
@JohnChow sponsored tweets seems like a neat idea & I signed up to try it out on @awkwardtales & soon, perhaps @erikamarie.

@ramanujam (Ramanujam) says:
@JohnChow Unless Izea keeps a constant check for Quality, sponsored tweets will become a spam mediator like what PPP is for blogs now

@davekeys (Dave Keys) says:
@JohnChow Isn’t advertising on social media like derivatives? Over-leveraging it can lead to devaluation of the equity – human contribution?

@ThinkTomdotcom (Tom Everitt) says:
@JohnChow I would immediately unfollow ANYONE who tweets what I perceive to be ads. Subtle self promo? Sure. Ads? Nada.

@akhilan (Akhila N. Vysakhan) says:
@JohnChow Falling prey for sponsored tweets is selling or pledging your followers and their loyalty to you for your own financial gain.

@rajasekharan (Rajasekharan N.) says:
@JohnChow Accepting sponsored tweets is like prostituting, losing credibility and betraying your loyal followers. Raj. http://mtherald.com/

@Uhfgood (Keith Weatherby II) says:
@JohnChow Paying people to tweet will simply dilute twitter.

@Uhfgood (Keith Weatherby II) says:
@JohnChow – we have a lot of "advertising" already… news stories and links and what have you…

@allisonr (Allison Reynolds) says:
@JohnChow My thoughts on Sponsored Tweets are in the last paragraph of Confessions Of A Twitter Whore http://is.gd/2498X

@jazzdrive3 (Matt Robison) says:
@JohnChow It was inevitable. And as long as they pay well and are reliable, I say kudos to them.

@wwstewart (Wess Stewart) says:
@johnchow SponsoredTweets could be ok, but that $50 payout sucks for people w/lower follower counts.

@mitchellharper (Mitchell Harper) says:
@JohnChow Also "Ethical Sponsored Tweeting" is an oxymoron so I think like PayPerPost, this idea wont go anywhere fast.

@mitchellharper (Mitchell Harper) says:
@JohnChow It’s OK but I’d rather build an EXCELLENT product that promotes itself instead of paying to promote a mediocre one. Just my 2c.

@hardcoreware (Carl Nelson) says:
@JohnChow If I ever see a sponsored tweet from someone I don’t know personally, they get unfollowed immediately

@BlissfulGirl (Adele Kirwer) says:
@JohnChow tweets aren’t "sticky" enough to give real ROI. they’d have to be brilliantly crafted to ensure click through or re-tweets.

@mikefaber (mike faber) says:
@JohnChow I think their celebrity needs clothes that fit about 2 sizes bigger!

@michaelkwan (Michael Kwan) says:
@JohnChow With the passing stream of tweets, Sponsored Tweets doesn’t seem to offer enough value to the advertiser.

@cherman (Guilherme Cherman) says:
@JohnChow I like the fact that it has disclosure.

@TariqAhmad (Tariq Ahmad) says:
@JohnChow better interaction, better feed back, better products. 2 thumbs up.

@Zombie_Plan (James Clark) says:
@JohnChow looks good if we wanted to filter quality out of twitter.

@Hlieu (H Lieu) says:
@JohnChow have not gotten an offer yet after signing up and got nother mssg from socialspark saying mysite wsnt a blog and it was sign johnc

What are YOUR thoughts? Add them to the comments below and let the debate rage on.

49 thoughts on “What Do Tweeters Think of Sponsored Tweets?”

  1. Een Rockstar says:

    Hey John, I got my 1st offer which is $2.25. Much much lower than yours. Envy~

    1. Cam Birch says:

      Lucky you, I haven’t recevied any offers yet. Although with the DDos and Twitter I am having trouble using any API based Twitter product so, who knows maybe I got an offer and cannot find it because of the fallout.

      1. Een Rockstar says:

        I got one more offer this morning..It is awesome. I will charge more after I get 10 offers

        1. Cam Birch says:

          I just received my first offer as well. The service really suffered bad due to Twitter going down today. Made me realize I set my price waaay too low. Advertising is all well and good but if I cannot afford a shower to get the slimy feeling off afterwards then what was the point :). Honestly though I don’t actually require the advertising dollars so setting my price higher might mean less offers but hopefully it’ll mean better targeted offers. Then the advertising is no longer an ad but a service I get paid to provide.

    2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Haha, even it was only $2.25, but you’ve taken over a lot of people over here includes me. I’m still waiting for my first offer. 😀


  2. Mohnish says:

    My comment/tweet is missing! 🙁 But I really like Sponsored Tweets. I got $10 for a single tweet from them (Beta tester here!! :D) which is awesome 😉 What about you John? How much would charge for a single tweet? 😛

  3. I read about this on your blog and signed up to check it out. Being in Social Media I had to see what was up on the inside because this is a big deal whether it’s a good thing or not. I knew this was coming, it’s only natural.

    I was talking to someone about it (won’t mention her name though she probably wouldn’t mind, I’ll let her do that) yesterday. Sent her links to articles about it and links to the site and to sign up (she is also into SM and I figured she’d wanna know about it too – whether she used it or not).

    She mentioned that many people will likely unfollow those Tweeting these ads – a thought that certainly crossed my mind and that I agree with. I ‘think’ you might be able to get away with a couple of really good ones/particularly that are relative to whatever you Tweet about BUT unless you’re very well respected by your followers you are certainly going to lose some by using this (and may still lose some regardless).

    It’s a sticky situation. I like to promote things that I like and never promote things I think are garbage not only to get a few dollars if I’m an affiliate for it (or getting paid one way or the other) but also because I think that whatever it is is a useful product or tool for people.

    IF I decide to Tweet an ad through here, I will be very selective in only choosing ones that fit my niche and that I think people would really enjoy – and that may never happen, we’ll just have to see. Yeah money is always nice but it’s not always that serious. You have to weigh everything out carefully and be aware of the risks involved.

    So, in deciding whether or not to use this I would weigh my decisions carefully because, again, you are certain to lose followers when you do (particularly pending your status) but people may eventually be more acceptable to it as it evolves and as other advertisers utilize these types of platforms – it’s inevitable.

    We also have to realize that people are going to use spam accounts to get paid anyway. People are going to start building Twitter accounts with massive followers (or use ones they already have) just to get paid using this method. There’s going to be a lot to come from this and it will be very interesting to watch it all unfold.

    Thanks for keeping me updated on this John. The comments were very interesting.

    Karen J.
    @areaK on Twitter

  4. Jan S says:

    Ads are everywhere. They are on blogs, websites, forums, myspace and messages boards so why not on Twitter? As a web surfer I am use to it. I also ignore most ads which is what advertisers don’t like but I think most of us do the same as I do.

  5. hospitalera says:

    I lost a few (under ten) followers as I joined be-a-magpie, but none of my “real” twitter friends minds if I tweet from time to time a sponsored tweet, as long as it carries a disclaimer. Lets see how the earning possibilities are with this one, until now they didn’t offered me one single tweet. SY

  6. since I didn’t see the original question on Twitter

    from @michaelmindes

    @johnchow Sponsored Tweets will work for people who add value. People selling tweets for less than $50 will be devastated by unfollows

    I know that is more than 140 characters, but fortunately…. I am not on Twitter!

  7. Albert says:

    I believe too much monetization can be a bad thing, and is a bit like “overdoing it.” Twitter and sites like Facebook was designed to bring people together to interact, not to become a sales pitch to attract buyers with continuous sponsor listings.

  8. tried to sign up but the app is saying its having probs connecting to Twitter atm, perhaps something to do with the DOS earlier today on Twitter. This program does sound interesting but I’m not sure if I would want to be inundated by all my followers tweeting ads all day (yes, each might do it once or twice a week, but when you have thousands of followers, it really will equate to a daily waste of msgs).

  9. Cam Birch says:

    I like the general idea like I said in my tweet. The problem with this is if it becomes SPAM. I have never really had a problem with advertising as long as it doesn’t cause extra noise in my life. I like to be informed of cool new things and advertising is usually the way I am informed. If this becomes SPAM then it is a major failure, if it becomes a good way to inform people about new and interesting products and pocket a couple of bucks for doing so then it’ll be great.

    1. People spend a lot of time and effort looking for ways to spend money (at least they did over a year ago). Why do the same people get so mad and offended when somebody may be getting paid to offer something for sale?

      Think about it… It goes beyond unfollowing people on Twitter. We use TiVo or DVRs to skip TV commercials. We ignore sponsored search results. We hate the idea of somebody getting paid to offer us a service.

      1. Cam Birch says:

        Actually I use TiVo and DVRs to skip commercials because I don’t enjoy the overly sexualized commercials for crappy products that are on TV. Quality advertisments get me interested in a product that I am already looking for. When I perform a web search I always look at the sponsered results because they can often provide a quicker short cut to the destination I am looking for.

        Unfortunately just as in RL, crappy advertisments exist like crazy on the web. If quality is being offered then I love ads, if no quality or relivence exists then there is absolutely no point.

  10. Asswass says:

    Why people have to be so clueless in this world? Advertising is a common way to make money. I can’t believe that people would get upset just by a receiving a simple ad on 1 of 100 or 500 or 1000 tweets. I bet you that they don’t shut the tv when commercials come up.

    1. its one tweet every 1000 you send..but then lets say you have 5000 followers and each person sends one (eventually)..the function of Twitter ceases to be a tool but more of an infomercial.

    2. I have a mute button on the remote for the tv.

  11. Debo Hobo says:

    I wish I could get into the program, but it looks like Twitter’s server is so bog down that SponseredTweets can’t connect.

    1. Earningstep says:

      you should try it . this is really great program

  12. Kevin Pasco says:

    Sponsored Tweets is pretty cool. I’ve already made $10 from it and I expect to get a few more offers soon. When you think about it, getting paid to tweet? Sounds pretty good to me!

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      I doesn’t have luck or fate with Sponsored Tweets yet, congrats on your earning! Btw, how many followers do you have right now in order to get an offer?


  13. Yeah, I don’t know. To a point I sort of feel like who cares what the clickers think?

  14. I got my first offer with $3.05 ^_^ Really cool, vote for SponsoredTweets 🙂

  15. Earningstep says:

    this is great , i made 27 dollar already

  16. As always I expect that some people will be annoyed but most will accept and ignore advertising like they do everywhere else.

  17. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    I think it’s great for twitter user to monetize their twitter account, but monetization is another thing, don’t forget the main purpose of using twitter, it’s to socialize with friends and build community. Instead of monetizing your twitter, you need to communicate with your followers well too. Otherwise they will leave you.

    It’s my 2 cents.


  18. @EricJohnTan says:

    Got 2 offers today… i think i’m undercharging though.

  19. It does seem more professional than RevTwt. I like the fact that it’s from IZEA, someone you can definitely trust. I’m just testing around it though. The interface is great, but I gues what matters will be the opp.

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      I’m not sure but RevTwt only pay you for the tweet that receive click. If Sponsored Tweets pay you just to feature the Tweets, then I won’t use RevTwt anymore, and focus on Sponsored Tweets from now on.

  20. Luke says:

    I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and I love their service. Getting paid $20/tweet is awesome!

  21. Benjamin Cip says:

    Well, I’m really thinking about using the Sponsored Tweets, but as I removed most of spammy follower I am afraid my little number of follower won’t satisfy advertisers. Maybe the price only depends on your amount of followers, in this case, it would be interesting to use it.

  22. Well, Sponsored Tweets sounds to be interesting, but I didn’t have a chance to use it yet

  23. Paul B says:

    John with your audience of course the majority are going to be in favour. Anything that helps them make money right? The trouble is that Twitter has been readily adopted far outside this niche and it’s the regular users that are soon going to get fed up of seeing sponsored tweets flying left right and centre. Like any form of spam give it long enough and it will be left with internet marketers marketing only to other internet marketers.

  24. Got my first offer today, but it wasn’t even remotely relevant to my niche. Hoping they work harder to keep the Sponsored Tweets topical.

    1. You can keep the ads topical by declining to send out the tweet!

  25. Atul says:

    i wish that i be earning gud money thru it….

  26. If I start getting lots of ad tweets, I’l be doing some unfollowing for sure.

  27. Sensei says:

    I already did on offer for 2.90 which is not much at all but I read shomoney charged 250$ for the same tweet 😛

    Also missing my tweet in your article 😛

  28. I don’t use Izea’s sponsored tweets but I tried their affiliate programs wherein I could promote the products through Twitter. I followed their instruction to put the #spon after the tweet but all the clicks from Twitter were considered invalid. Any idea as to why this happened? Please let me know. I would really appreciate it.

  29. Greg Ellison says:

    I received $5 something for a sponsored tweet. I haven’t received anymore. I think it is a great idea, but How many twitter users is their going to be in the network and do they have enough sponsored tweets to go around. Greg Ellison

  30. Fun Evil says:

    twitter is cool and most powerful tool for getting traffic……
    But the problem is how to increase the followers …..

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  32. I believe it is not the way to use social media. Just like one of your followers said: it’s a great reason to unfollow someone…

  33. Twitter can be powerful tool for making money. Hoping i too can make money through twitter

  34. I think it just takes away from what social media is. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it, if you don’t like it or don’t agree with it then don’t do it. But pretty soon a lot of people are just going to try and gain mass followers.

  35. Personally that kinda thing is tempting… but in the end I don’t think I’d do it.

    I use Twitter to connect with people and share information.

    There are several accounts that I “follow” that I’m strongly considering “un-following” just because mostly everything they post is links….

    A sponsored tweet to something useful every now and then… yeah, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

    But it adds to the potential to seriously water down Twitter’s usefulness… that’s my opinion.

  36. Usha Sliva says:

    Have been off Twitter for a week (yikes!) I was wondering about the spike in ad -sounding tweets! This of course explains it. And like most unwanted ads, I delete them as soon as they appear. I can see it being a good source of income however for those who do it correctly.

  37. Justin says:

    Guess John decided to go with the sponsored Tweets. Just got my first one from him… Good luck with that… /unfollow

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