At The Next Web Blog we love to report on what the future of the web looks like. And if we get a chance we love to help shape it ourselves. Next to a blog (and a conference!) we also have an active Incubator with shares in several projects and companies.
One of those projects is TwitterCounter. We launched TwitterCounter in June 2008 after we found out that more and more people were ignoring our RSS feed because they were getting our new post notifications via Twitter. If that is happening, we need a Feedburner for Twitter, is what we thought.
F**k it, we'll do it live!
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And so we built it and launched it, all within 48 hours.
Since then we have grown fast and we are now generating more than 3 million TwitterCounters per day, we generate 30.000 pageviews a day on TwitterCounter.com and sell the Featured spot on the front page for $500 a week.
Yes, five hundred a week and we are sold out until April!
We are constantly working on new features ands improvements for TwitterCounter with the 2.5 developers we have. I’m only half a developer and am lucky to be able to rely on Arjen and Maurits to do most of the heavy work.
The last two weeks we have been working day and night to launch a new and exciting feature which we call TwitterRemote.
TwitterRemote is a small widget you can embed on your site, blog or social profile which displays which Twitter users recently visited your blog. The catch: those Twitter users do have to sign into TwitterRemote first. For now we actually have to ask people for their username + password. As soon as Twitter launched OAuth we will skip that step completely.
After twitter users sign in their profile is displayed on every TwitterRemote enabled website they visit after that. The advantage for site owners is that they see who visits their site and they even have an opportunity to contact these people. Twitter users get a change to improve their visibility for site owners and other visitors. It is kinda like MyBlogLog, or FaceBook connect, but for Twitter!
We tested the service with 200 people for the last 2 days and are now ready to get more testers involved. As always, we highly appreciate any feedback!
Get Your own TwitterRemote:
A few examples of TwitterRemote enabled websites (Let me know if when add TwitterRemote to your blog and I will give you a link here too!):
Quote from Mashable: “Frankly, this is a fantastic creation.”
Quote from HughBriss: “If everyone starts using this on their blogs it will be an excellent way for visitors to those sites to get new followers. Very cool.”