Get Paid For Tweeting On Twitter Using Super Chirp

Do you Twitter? Now you can get paid for your content stream from Super Chirp from a service by 83 degrees. According to an article over at TechCrunch the service will be available immediately for those that use Twitter. In a brief description of the service it states that:

Here’s how Super Chirp works. Unlike Twitpub, where publishers have to create a new Twitter account, Super Chirp works through direct messages (Twitter’s private message system). That means publishers can leverage their existing Twitter accounts to promote the paid streams. Users subscribe to the content on the Super Chirp site, pay via Paypal, and then get the messages via DM. They can also visit Super Chirp to see all those paid messages, and sort them by publisher.

This is a natural product for celebrities to embrace. But it’s also interesting for charities – loyal supporters can donate to the charity and get a stream of news relevant to that charity, or whatever. Some news outlets may try to charge for streams as well. I could imagine that at least some of our followers on our main Twitter account would pay to get additional information if it had enough value.

Any publisher that wants to sign up can as long as they have a Twitter account. The publisher sets the price, between $0.99 and $9.99 per month. Super Chirp keeps 30% of the gross, and that includes the Paypal fees. So the Publisher ends up with 70%

So there is another way to get paid for your content on Twitter. Check out the article about Super Chip or go directly to the Super Chirp site.

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It’s The Comments Not The Article About Magic Jack

Over at The Boston Globe their tech guy wrote his opinion about Magic Jack. But it wasn’t the article about Magic Jack that caught my eye. It was the comments. As with all products there were the pros and cons about how well or not so well Magic Jack worked. This is normal for almost ever service or product. As I have previously mentioned, my Vonage was causing me fits until I found that it was my router causing the problem, I replaced the router and Vonage has worked perfect ever since.

This one comment really caught my eye:

You must also remember majic jack is a product not a service per se, yet. they do not have to abide by the FCC rules yet as they are not considered a communications company. VOIP companies a la vonage etc, are facing heavy regulation soon, and wil have to charge all those regular phone charges like the universal service fee, etc.
So enjoy it while you can, get the most out of it, maybe till teach comcast and verizon a lesson enough to get them to be reasonable, but dont burn any bridges or look at anything long term. within a year experts predict voip will be equal in cost to regular landlines.
just thought you all should know.

Has anyone read anything about this? Are fees going up for Vonage, Magic Jack or any other VOIP services? Or is this just an urban legend?

Comments welcome.


A Landline For Only $5 A Month?

Verizon is considering to offer a landline phone service for only $5 a month. Yes. There are some gotcha’s in the offer. First you could receive incoming calls only. The exception would be to call 911 or Verizon customer service for outgoing calls. But for those in rural areas where cell service is spotty, this could be an alternative to the over priced rates being charged by AT$T.

One thing that is not mentioned in the article is how much taxes would be. We are all familiar with the teaser rates offered only to be hit with taxes upon taxes for access here, access everywhere fees. I like to know the total cost.

What about you? Would you even consider a landline with these limitations?

Comments welcome.


Solar Power vs Redwood Trees – Interesting California Case

With so much talk recently about going green, it is interesting to see how a case in California is causing such a ruckus in Sunnyvale. Seems that two neighbors are in a heated dispute about some redwood trees that are casting a shadow over solar panels. On the one hand the solar power neighbor says that his electrical grid is being compromised because of the shade that the redwood trees are causing. The owners of the redwood trees state that the trees are environmentally friendly and should not be cut down.

In steps the district attorney, who is using the California’s Solar Shade Control Act as leverage against the tree owners. In the 1970’s during the energy crisis, California passed a law that prohibits trees from blocking solar panels that produce electrical energy. The law requires that the trees be trimmed or removed.  The law also imposes a $1,000 a day fine for violations.

The article further states:

It affects only trees planted after 1979, and bans trees or shrubs from shading more than 10 percent of a neighbor’s solar panels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  It does not apply to trees or shrubs that were there before the solar panels were installed. But – and here’s the key distinction – it does apply to existing trees and shrubs that later grew big enough to shade the solar panels.

In December, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Kurt Kumli found the couple guilty of one count of violating the Solar Shade Control Act. In a partial victory for each side, he ruled that six of the trees can remain and that the two generating the most shade must be removed. He also waived any fines.

The tree folks are appealing since they feel any action would results in a precedent being set. They must feel pretty strongly about their position since they have already spent some $25,000 in legal fees.

Comments welcome.

Full story is here.

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Antivirus Vendors Shift to Automatic Fees

I have read elsewhere that most security software companies had adapted this policy under the guise of keeping their customers protected. But the unfortunate thing is that it makes it difficult for the consumer to opt out from using the vendors wares. Some of us like to have options. And some of us no longer pay fees for subscriptions and have discovered that free products are just as good.

Read about the free options that are available.

“Annual charges are typical and sometimes hard to stop.

It took Michael Kelly just minutes to buy McAfee’s software. But getting the antivirus vendor to stop charging his credit card was another matter altogether.

McAfee is on the vanguard of a new trend in the security software industry: selling software as a service that is automatically billed each year. McAfee began automatically renewing customers in 2001, but over the past year the practice has become much more common, as Symantec and Microsoft, with its new Windows Live OneCare Products, have adopted the automatic renewals.” [Source: PC World].

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