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Twitter Mag

After The Awl launched, Denton joked that the brevity of the posts could have made it the first magazine published on Twitter. But now I've become obsessed with the idea: What would a Twitter magazine look like? Some aggregation, some original content -- couldn't it sorta work?


Absolutely. People laughed at the idea of pro bloggers back in the day. (They're still laughing, but anyway...) I'm pretty sure someone will find a way to make a living via Twitter as well.

Possible revenue model: combo of Amazon affiliate links, paid retweets, and paid #followfriday placements. Let's do it!

posted by jkottke at 11:53 AM on April 29, 2009

It would probably look like Alltop.com.

posted by JayCruz at 12:56 PM on April 29, 2009

In a post on his Twitter book, O'Reilly said that each page would be a standalone and the reader would provide the implied narrative or context that would tie it all together. Any sort of Twitter-magazine would, I think, need that: some overarching theme or editorial bent to tie it all together.

I do have to ask though - what would the point be? What would a Twitter magazine do that isn't achievable through some other form?

posted by Nav at 1:40 PM on April 29, 2009

It would be a zen minimalist sort of a magazine, no?

posted by Ron Mwangaguhunga at 4:57 PM on April 29, 2009

It would look like a longer version of Larry Smith's 6 word memoirs.

Oh, and I love The Awl. And Larry Smith's 6 word memoirs.

posted by Caroline Waxler at 5:06 PM on April 29, 2009

I would format it like Quotations From Mao and call it Twitter for Bathrooms. 140 pages every month.

posted by geoff at 5:15 PM on April 29, 2009

Possible use of 12seconds.tv?.

posted by Andrew Simone at 5:19 PM on April 29, 2009

I have been obsessing over this all day. So far, I have come up with very little.

posted by Tyler at 6:34 PM on April 29, 2009

There is one: http://twitter.com/outshine

posted by Nick Douglas at 6:46 PM on April 29, 2009

Hm. Okay, a good one?

posted by Rex at 6:49 PM on April 29, 2009

the problem with most "serious" twitter feeds is that they stick to a headline/link formula -- pushing readers to their "real" site. Figure out how to deliver content that isn't jokes and you're done.

(I think @hodgman has a paradigm: 1 tweet if that does it, 4 in a row if necessary. Each one needs to be a separate thought, though.)

posted by alesh at 11:59 PM on April 29, 2009

I'd like to see you do better than Outshine! The project would bore anyone good enough to meet your standard of quality.

posted by Nick Douglas at 11:10 AM on April 30, 2009

Uh, sure, okay. It's great.


posted by Rex at 11:13 AM on April 30, 2009

mayhap a series of related twitter feeds -- features, opinion, what have you -- all aggregated on one page. oh wait that's dumb.

posted by scott at 3:12 PM on April 30, 2009

yah, I'd have to go with this one again:

Best twitter ive ever read. its all words mostly, like the internet. its very magaziney in a "i just love to read it" way. I dont know, its just good and like a magazine like the newyorker, but newyorkist.

posted by paolo at 7:15 PM on May 1, 2009

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