You could have bought Twitter for $4,500

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We sell this website-name (twitter.com) because of other biz schedule.
Sale price $4500 Contact e-mail
Back in 2004 you could have had Twitter for $4,500 . They really didn't know what to do with it. It looks to me like it was trying to find its niche until 2006.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Oh man, why did you even have to TELL US??? LOL One more thing to smack myself in the head over. Gee, thanks man.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Oh man, why did you even have to TELL US??? LOL One more thing to smack myself in the head over. Gee, thanks man.

      John
      Yeah, really! I am still kicking myself over the whole Slinky idea....
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Oh man, why did you even have to TELL US??? LOL One more thing to smack myself in the head over. Gee, thanks man.

      John
      You have multiple things to smack yourself in the head for, John?

      ~D.
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      • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
        You have multiple things to smack yourself in the head for, John?
        OK, first of all, shut up you.

        But yeah, you wouldn't believe all the things. I'm often asked why I have a permanent red mark in the shape of my palm on my forehead. Let's just say I ain't the brightest bulb in the pack and leave it at that, shall we? I think we shall.

        John
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Moser
    I'll be damned! How did you hear about this?
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Back in 2004 you could have had Twitter for $4,500
    Dammit, if I'd have known that, I'd have bought two
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  • Profile picture of the author getsmartt
    you could have bought the Twitter name, the service wasn't even started until 2006.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
      Originally Posted by getsmartt View Post

      you could have bought the Twitter name, the service wasn't even started until 2006.
      Correct. If I would have purchased it I'm not sure it would have gone anywhere. It takes more than a domain name to make a business. I would have thought that $4,500 for the name twitter was insaine. Now that it is popular it seems like a deal.

      If in the future dogmaticdoname.com ( I made it up ) will be a super popular site, it would then look like a bargain at $4,500, but if I tried to sell it now for that, no one would be remotely interested. It doesn't mean anything, has no history and no revenue.
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      • Profile picture of the author johntanyishin
        yeah, perhaps people will be looking for other domain names and make it to another overnight success?

        JTYS
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      • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
        But that is more logical than anticipating something like twitter. who would have thought that anyone would pursue the idea.
        It will be interesting to see how they monetize it. My idea was more of a fun thing - I didn't get to the business model stage, and it would have fallen at that stage probably.

        They'll need to monetize it eventually - apparently their SMS charges are tens of thousands of dollars each month, and they've now cut several countries from free SMS updates including the UK and Australia.

        Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author AskJesusLeon
    nice, oh well
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
      Ha!

      A while ago when I was researching desktop messaging applications, I suggested to my business partner that it would be cool for bored employees working in an office to be able to popup a tiny box where they could type in a one-line message that would appear on the screen of their equally bored friends in their offices, no matter where they were in the world.

      He thought I was mad.

      He's taking me for lunch tomorrow - I'm going to tell him about Twitter!

      Cheers,

      Neil
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      • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
        Originally Posted by Neil Morgan View Post

        Ha!

        A while ago when I was researching desktop messaging applications, I suggested to my business partner that it would be cool for bored employees working in an office to be able to popup a tiny box where they could type in a one-line message that would appear on the screen of their equally bored friends in their offices, no matter where they were in the world.

        He thought I was mad.

        He's taking me for lunch tomorrow - I'm going to tell him about Twitter!

        Cheers,

        Neil
        I'll bet there were af few people saying that it would be nice if you could upload videos and share them too. But that is more logical than anticipating something like twitter. who would have thought that anyone would pursue the idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    Was the person offering to sell it back then one of those who own the current site? I would hope their English would be better.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
      Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

      Was the person offering to sell it back then one of those who own the current site? I would hope their English would be better.
      Good question. I wondered that myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark McWilliams
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Back in 2004 you could have had Twitter for $4,500!
    What?! You mean I could have owned a very popular site!...
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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    I *THINK* that in 2000 or 1999 you could have had warriorforum.com for $35

    In hindsight, snatching the domains sounds great, but ultimately, its a matter of what the owner did with it
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    • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
      you could have gotten google.com for free...
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkHBE
    It figures. I wonder how many successful webites that's true for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rex_Flay
    i always say, "hindsight is 20/20"
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  • Profile picture of the author ahuddy
    I'm pretty sure Kevin Rose owns twitter, he created Digg. Hence the reason that it became successful so quickly. He already had a huge member base to promote the site to, and the digg community was automatically excited about something new that he was releasing. I remember the front page had posts everyday about twitter just before it was being launched. So, sure you could have bought the domain for $5 back in the day in reality but it's just that a domain name.
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