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Amazon Cashing In With Twitter Feature

twitazonIt seems like all we have heard lately is companies teaming up with Twitter.  So it should be no surprise that Amazon.com has incorporated a new Twitter tool that will allow some users to share great deals online. 

In today’s blog post, Amazon announced that this feature would be only available for Amazon Associates.  The associate program allows Web site owners, Web developers, and Amazon sellers to make money by simply advertising some of the latest products from both Amazon and Endless.com on their website.  When a consumer purchases a product after being referred, the associate gets a profit.  It’s said to be that simple.  The new Twitter feature is just another way to make it easier for associates to make a little more money.

Amazon’s blog has the following to say about the matter: “The Share on Twitter feature is easy to use. Simply log in to your Amazon Associates account and then visit any detail page on Amazon.com.  By clicking on the Share on Twitter button in the Site Stripe, a new window will open and an Amazon-generated message is pre populated in the ‘What are you doing?’ text area of your Twitter account (you may be asked to log in to your Twitter account).  That message will include a shortened URL that already includes your Associates ID.  You’ll have the option to edit this message or simply hit the ‘Update’ button to post to your Twitter account.  When Twitter users click on the link in your post and make a qualifying sale, you’ll earn referral fees.”

Early speculations about the feature’s potential for success vary from source to source.  WebProNews’ Doug Caverly said he thinks many will overuse the new feature.

“People are almost guaranteed to use the feature since it’s so simple,” Caverly said. ” What’ll be interesting to see is how that plays out.  In some instances, individuals are sure to overuse it, driving away their followers.  Elsewhere, folks might hit a sweet spot, piquing their followers’ interest and selling more than a few books (or CDs, or DVDs, or whatever).”

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