On 8/22/09 5:49 AM, Andrew Badera wrote:

Spam? Privacy? Call me crazy, I know!

So, who wants to form a data mining startup that crawls websites for "follow me on twitter" links to people's twitter IDs, then correlates that to contact email addresses for the site ...

Easy revenue model: sell lookups from email -> twitter ID and twitter ID -> email.

Could this ever violate Twitter's ToS? In theory, you could build such a service without ever accessing twitter.com - just crawl blogs and tumblr and posterous and other such sites where folks advertise their twitter IDs, then try to identify contact email address for the site owner.

Clearly, there's demand for such a service - would people pay for this data?

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