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Twitter will remain online free for all

Micro-blogging service won’t charge companies

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Rumours that the popular micro-blogging service Twitter would start charging commercial organisations for using its services have been quashed in a post on the official Twitter blog.

According to the blogTwitter will remain free to use by everyone – individuals, companies, celebrities, etc. What we’re thinking about is adding value in places where we are already seeing traction, not imposing fees on existing services.

‘We are still very early in the idea stage and we don’t have anything to share just yet despite a recent surge in speculation. When we do, we’ll be sure to let you know.’

The announcement follows a wave of media coverage claiming that whilst tweeting would remain free for individuals, companies and brands that take advantage of the marketing opportunities offered by Twitter would be charged for access.

Which? has reviews of social networking websites, and a guide on how to set up a blog.

According to statistics compiled by Hitwise, Twitter has seen a 27x increase in traffic in the last 12 months, and has entered the Top 100 list of most-visited websites at number 91.

Celebrity endorsements such as Jonathan Ross, Stephen Fry, Russell Brand and Barack Obama have helped propel the social networking site into mainstream consciousness. Which? technology has its own Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/whichtechnology.

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