The Business of Inertia & Twittersphere experiment

Inertia is an amazing phenomenon since Newton formulated our laws of physics for it. As is the case with any enduring physical truth, there are always economic transactions built on those physics foundations.

And hence we have the M & A of small client-rich companies being bought out by the 800-pound gorillas hoping to use the inertia of the clients to stick with them in the long run.

Inertia also has to its credit a fair-share of financial institutions that tap into its human counterpart – laziness. An amazing vice and a not-so-amazing virtue exploited ever so subtly by many institutions and the most obviously telling one being the credit card companies.

Sample for example, the credit cards business for individuals. It runs simply on one simple truth: that the credit card users will be lazy enough to not to pay her dues not before the due date. Its a clinchingly simple logic that trusts a basic human trait – chilling but effective.

Credit Card (henceforth called as CC) as instrument of finance taps into the deepest sacrosanct evil rule of personal finance.

  • Thou shalt not do the crime if thou can’t do the time a.k.a Don’t buy it if you can’t afford it. CC makes it chillingly simple by providing a hand-loan for a interest free period of 30 days or so.

Armed with a CC and unlimited temptations we have hundreds of well earning guys taking to the temptation and entering that unending cycle of bad financial karma.

Anyway now that we have proved beyond doubt that laziness or simply
inertia can itself be a good business model, a new wave now sweeps the golden lands of bits and bytes which is lovingly called the internet.

andrewbaron has put up his twitter account for sale which at one level is a horrid sin to the community to commit and at another level is a damn interesting social internet experiment.

A twitter account by nature of the micro content created has a single author (content creator) and many readers (followers / consumers). A follower starts following a twitter account on account of one of the following

  • he is a close friend of yours (and thus trusts the ‘author‘)
  • loves the content produced by the author (and hence again adds the user because of the trust he places on the ‘content‘).
  • just follows because he wants to track the author & the activities (not trust but more of a voyeuristic pleasure)
  • just nothing better to do

On the other hand, though a buyer faces one of the following

  • People who trust the author will leave.
  • People who love the content will stay as long as the content still stays original to the soul. In this case, the buyer does not have to put in effort in marketing his twitter account as long as he is good at content.
  • People who will stay for sometime to just see where it goes.

Of this the buyer gains obviously from the second case but thats hoping that the inertia of followers will gain over the indignation of having sold their trust. And which we have already proven works! 😀

Either case this is a interesting social experiment to see how the trust networks and content communities work together.

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