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TWPLY – From Alleged Spammer to Sold on Sitepoint in Less Than 24 Hours
Earlier today, ultra Twitter master Robert Scoble called Twply a spammer. Twply basically takes any "@" reply messages on Twitter and sends them to your email. It’s hard for me to call Twply a spammer because they ask each user if they want to send out a marketing message about their usage of Twply. Blogger Mathew Ingram says he selected the "no" option but the twitter message was still sent. I do believe that the language that Twply used on the marketing selection (sample screenshot below) was poor and could be considered confusing.
Update: Alex Hillman notes in the comments a similar situation to that of Mathew. I can assume either poor QA testing or just plain spammers. Either way, I’d change your Twitter password immediately if you used the service.
None of that matters now because the service went up for auction on Sitepoint earlier today. I can’t tell how many hours the auction ran for because Sitepoint doesn’t show a timezone on their posts. It looks like the auction was open for three hours. The auction was closed when a bidder used the buy-it-now option and purchased the service for $1,200.
From the auction:
Twply has been spread through twitter like nothing I have ever seen before, over 800 accounts added in one day. This site is being sold because our servers can not handle the load of the site, and the overwhelming traffic the site has been getting. Currently the site has sent over 8k emails.
I agree with Scoble when he says we will see more services pushing their marketing messages through their users to Twitter and other real-time messaging platforms. Will these messages be viewed as spam if the users select to run them? It’s up for debate.
In terms of timing, it seems Twply beat out JustHackIt by a few hours for fastest to launch and then go up for auction.