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Twitter, the microblogging, ego boosting service hasn’t made a dime since launch. Some use the tool a ton, some a little but to-date there hasn’t been any monetization.
Charlie O’Donnell had an interesting post last month between two NY’ers (Nate and Caroline) exchanging something about cowbells and found an interesting additional 26 characters on the text version that came across with the word "Tip" at the beginning. Charlie believed that this might be the first step to Twitter monetization. I haven’t seen or heard any reports since this post last month.
Today IconFactory launched version 3.0 of the Twitterrific tool. They offer two versions: free with ads or $15 with no ads. Some of the power-twitters are raving about the new version – see here, here and here.
So while Twitter can’t seem to get a monetization strategy in place, Twitterrific is bringing in some level of cash.
Update: Chris Messina has posted some screenshots of the ads in Twitterrific. (I can’t embed them due to his CC license)