Interesting article about pay-per-tweet technology from izea, the company that already leads in pay-per-blog. Seems like an awkward way to fund a social medium, having people pretend to like stuff because they’re getting paid to pretend. Of course, we’re used to that from our funding for radio and television and publishing and … Interesting that books, for instance, work on a completely different model, and that most movie revenue still comes from direct pay. What’s different about the media we refuse to directly pay for, and the media we are willing to directly pay for? Is it possible to change one into the other?
If the hidden price model is the only choice, we should seek a set of ethical rules for it. Perhaps the adverts could just be clearly marked as being for-pay.