A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about starting a web site where you could get your own custom Twitter shirt. Here’s what the visits looked like:
I got roughly a thousand visits in two days when I posted the blog entry, and after that – silencio. Got a lot of retweets on Twitter, lots of people saying they were interested, but….
Nobody actually bought one!
Well, other than me, as shown here. I offered free ones to a few Twitter celebrities, and nobody was interested even in free ones!
Interestingly, Zazzle (the t-shirt vendor) lists shirts by how hot they’re selling, and my Twitter shirts were consistently in the top 1/4 of the list of Twitter shirts – even though I hadn’t sold a single one. Evidently nobody else is getting rich off these either.
I loved this as an experiment. I had a business idea, and I was able to get it off the ground in minimal time with minimal skills and minimal investments – roughly $10 for the domain name, and around $2 for the traffic on Amazon S3.
I learned that people aren’t quite ready to wear their Twitter profile on their chest. This makes sense, as a lot of us have our own picture as our avatar. I tried selling shirts without the picture, too, but that just didn’t have the pizzazz factor.
So I imploded it, slapped WordPress on there, turned it into a Twitter shirt portal, and did some links to Zazzle. I left it up until the domain expires, but I’ll be surprised if anybody ever buys a shirt off there.
Except me. You’ll recognize me at user group meetings because I’ll be wearing my Twitter profile or StackOverflow score when I’m not presenting.