Another free Twitter promo, what’s the idea behind it though?

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Twitter birdThis week Airtel Kenya made the news because of a free Twitter promotion being extended to its subscribers from now until January 2015.

Subscribers will have unlimited access to the micro blogging site through web browsers and the official Twitter Android or Windows Phone apps.

This is hardly a new gig. Similar free Twitter promos have also been seen in other markets like India with Bharti Airtel (2011-2012)Vodafone India (2013), the Philippines and New Zealand.

In Zimbabwe the same sort of promotion was extended to Econet subscribers this year. It ends in three weeks though.

What started off on the 20 July as a one month freebie which was extended to the 20th of November, has been a great way to help Twimbos better appreciate the endless possibilities of Tweeting.

Every Econet subscriber who is using Twitter right now at no cost obviously wants the Free Twitter promotion to be extended. We are probably going to see another Twimurenga  once the plug is pulled.

Funny enough though we don’t stop to think about what these promotions really mean for the MNOs. This is of course beyond what we are told about “improving the broadband user experience” and introducing more users to the magical world of rapid fire social media commentary.

Its all about boosting revenue per user. Twitter by its very nature is littered with links that prompt the user to leave the application and access sites that will end up consuming data. Its a subtle way to boost broadband consumption, something that’s hugely important because of changing revenue models in telecoms.

I guess It’s all fair at the end of the day when you think about. The network gets to sneak increased data consumption past the user in exchange for a micro-blogging service.

Since these MNOs are feeling generous and have a way of making money of it perhaps they could throw in free YouTube next and figure out a way to make money of that as well?




  1. G

    they don’t loose much by giving us free twitter but i think they actually make more from the increased revenue from increased data usage from the links that take u out f twitter to ay youtube, or other multimedia rich websites

  2. Khal Drogo

    So MNO always comeup with a gimmick to get our hard-earned money. All along I thought Econet had partnered with the Social Media Giant (Twitter) to promote the site.