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Twitter has been switching things up as of late. The micro blogging site that lets you converse in 140 characters or less doesn’t like to share the playground as much anymore. At one time, we were all wondering how Twitter was going to make money by giving away the proverbial milk. Now that Twitter is making changes, we are wondering how they will survive without giving away the proverbial milk.

Twitter seems to have an identity crisis right now. I suppose there is some concern that people will start to leave for Facebook or Google+. They also have to figure out how to bring in business to generate more revenue. But is cutting off one hand to feed the other the right direction?

Some companies are looking to sell their Twitter-based business. I talked about one last week that has a $5,000 price tag on it. They don’t want to take the chance of the new walls that seem to be going up not including them. I don’t know if now is the time to jump ship, but there is an old saying – When the rats start running, best to heed their warning.

For now, it’s business as usual. You might lose that free service which lets you schedule tweets or a page that lets you follow a search term. I don’t see Twitter closing the vice too much, but with what they did so far, it does have people wondering…


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