It's always a little weird to report non-news, but it's generally interesting nonetheless. A flurry of recent news reports have said that popular social media chat network Twitter will soon begin charging for commercial use of the tool.
Not so, says co-founder Biz Stone. Over at the Twitter blog, he allayed fears that his company would start charging for brands to Tweet.
It's important to note that whatever we come up with, Twitter will remain free to use by everyone—individuals, companies, celebrities, etc. What we're thinking about is adding value in places where we are already seeing traction, not imposing fees on existing services. We are still very early in the idea stage and we don't have anything to share just yet despite a recent surge in speculation. When we do, we'll be sure to let you know.
Twitter will need to figure out how to monetize their wildly popular service, but for now, they're being supported by investors. They have been testing ads in Japan, but so far, no ads are included in the U.S. Twitter.
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