There has been some talk recently about the monetization of Twitter streams. Some of the Twitter divas would like to capitalize on their large pool of followers by selling ads on their Twitter streams. I’m disappointed. Why does everything have to monetized? We spend time with our kids without billing someone. We read books or watch TV or walk through the woods without getting paid. And, hey, we have lunch with our friends without trying to sell them things (at least most of us do). Why is it ok to force ads on people who have chosen to connect with you in an online space?
Ads on blogs are one thing. Your blog is your house. You can decorate it any way you choose. Twitter is like a phone call and I don’t respond well to telemarketers.
Social Media is all about relationships. Yes, many of them might lead to sales or business contacts, but would you sell your contact list to someone? Not if you value those contacts. Please, folks, don’t sell your followers and friends to the highest bidder!