Is Going to Kill Twitter?

appdotnettwitterkiller, the premium real-time social feed (aka Twitter without the ads) that costs members $50 per year, has been making quite a splash in tech circles as of late. So what exactly were the market opportunities that Dalton Caldwell saw and what pain points is he addressing? How compelling are they? What did he feel Twitter left on the table and why are people so excited about this new service? There must be something there, and if there is and it is significant, that begs the question: is a Twitter killer?

Personally, I see the value in paying for a service right up front as I wrote about yesterday, but I think the price of admission is a bit too steep for mass adoption in this case. I like the idea of, a lot, but I haven’t been compelled to join just yet. I definitely don’t like the name of the service; sounds incredibly bland, especially compared to Twitter. It sounds like a boring enterprise software solution as opposed to a vibrant, young, anti-conventional movement. I think a rebrand could do the company good (both in name and color as they make good use of blue on their homepage, just like Twitter and Facebook).

On’s homepage, the service uses some shout outs from press outlets as a way to ...

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