The microblog that google likes right now is shoutem. I have a few of them but may or may not keep them after the fee schedule is announced. I know that they rank pretty well in google. So, why can't hubpages have one and allow the 60-40 split so that it can be kept free. This is cutting edge, Maddie or whoever is reading. If you want me to post one of mine just let me know.
What's the URL for your shoutem account?
How much is a premium account? How much bandwidth and storage do you get on an non-premium account. How many followers can you have on a non-premium account?
Does it have stats? How do you know that Google is sending traffic?
I don't know how much traffic. I don't know that they have that capability. You may know alot about it since you seem to know the right questions
A premium account, which is free now, will go to 19.95 per month for removal of their ads and 4.95 for your own domain. As far as followers and bandwith, I guess I would have to cross that bridge if I got any followers
One link is http://gift-baskets.shoutem.com
Thanks for asking. Any advice or comment is appreciated.
I only had a casual glance from the link you provided. I've never heard about them before until I wandered into this thread.
It sounds interesting, but pricey.
Twitter has a much larger market. Do you have a twitter account?
Yes, Darkside, and the whole value of this is that you can choose to attach your shouts so that they become tweets. This is quite revolutionary, a blog that turns into tweets. This is not competition for Twitter, but rather feeds into twitter if you so choose. And clearly, Google likes the idea of monetizing Twitter.
Yes, my account is bgamall on twitter.
That looks just like what twitter does, and all of the links are no-followed. So why not just use Twitter?
$19.95 a month just to remove the ads? Who are they kidding? That's outrageous. You can pay about $9.95 a month or $100 a year to either Dreamhost or Hostgator to host as many websites as you like. And some hosts may be even less. Then there's all the free hosts like blogger, wordpress, tumblr, posterous, etc. And Twitter is free as well and has no ads.
Is the $4.95 for your own domain what they charge per month? Or is that a one time charge to register a domain?
I am not defending their costs, Embitca. I also thought they could use a rotation of adsense like Hubpages. They may look into it. But the point is this is different in that it allows members, it allows posting from the microblog to twitter, not the other way around, and that is unique as far as a personal blog. You can do that with tweetree or ping.fm, but you don't have your personal blog showing tweets that went to Twitter. I don't know if it is a concept that will be huge. Who knows?
I think this is very important because Google is picking up this microblog. It is a private microblog that connects to twitter if you want. I won't post mine but here is one of someone I don't know as an example. Can Hubpages do this? http://creativenyc.shoutem.com/
I have suggested this, or something like this, to the team with a little more details. I was told in time it may be possible.
Also, I wonder if Hubpages could create a dofollow microblog. The microblogging transfered to twitter would be nofollow, but the actual post to your own microblog could be dofollow.
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