iTwit.in – John Chow sponsored my start up!By Mohnish On March 18, 2009 Under Sensonize, Social Networking
A new Short URL Service launched by Sensonize.com. Its simple, neat and clean. The best thing about the site is that John Chow has funded it (Yes he did!). This service is believed to be extremely simple, neat and clean. Absolute NO ADS! No letters in your Short URL, only numbers – That keeps it clean! But, you can select the tags you like in alphanumeric.
How does this service help you on Twitter?
If you were on Twitter, you would have noticed that people use TinyURL.com which is pretty slow these days and is having alot of errors. I thought of making my own short url service, exclusively for Twitter which would be short, pronounceable and worked 4x faster than TinyURL. The page weights less than 3KB and has rich features like social bookmarking, sign up, login and tracking the clicks on your URL. iTwit is an amazing way to hide your affiliate links and tweet them 😉 You can also use iTwit on your blog/website – Its 100% FREE! Its not only free, its also SEO/Search friendly! If anyone searches for “Twit” which I believe has many searches on Twitter search, your tweet will come up in the search results – Thats an evil way to use iTwit and gain followers! 😀
How did I get in touch with John?
I was confused with the domain(s) I should use for this website. I had 2 domains in mind, actually 3.
1) iTwit.in – I bought this
3) Tweet.in (Actually taken, had to buy from the owner)
The domain costs $14 each and I was short of funds since I needed hosting + domain + had some fixes to be done in the script. After the fixes were done I tweeted John asking him which domain would suit my tinyurl website since he had more experience than me and was on a holiday in China. John told me to buy iTwit and iTweet and I was like – WTF lol .. I was confused. I asked many other people about which domain should I go with, I got many tweets saying that I should go with iTwit.in since it was short by a letter and made some sense for a tinyurl service. Now what happens is, I tell John that I am financially ripped on my paypal balance since I transferred my funds just 2 days back and I have hosting bill coming up + money only for a domain and I can’t buy both the domains unless he pays for one of them as a gift (Evil Grin). He offered me $50 to start my venture and I was confused. I offered him 9 CN domains with 200+ days value, but he declined. We are only Twitter friends, why would he give me $50 just because I wanted to start this shorturl website yadda yadda. Ok after a few exchanges of tweets, he told me when/If I make profit out of that site I should give him a cut. I was fine with that 🙂 But will a TinyURL website made exclusively for Twitter make ANY profit? I highly doubt that. But I have offered John 12 months of free advertising on the site, whenever he wants it. If the site grows big its probably going to be a money plant – ahaha! John tested the service too! He made a tinyurl to a post on his blog iTwit.in/footer and tweeted his followers to check it out.
I feel honored to be sponsored by the wonderful man himself – John Chow. This is another way Twitter could help you make it big! Even if you don’t get a startup like I did, you will probably build more contacts and find the right people for your business. Make sure you are following @JohnChow on Twitter and do head over to John Chow dot com and subscribe to his RSS!