Twitter has just switched off SMS notification of messages to users outside the US, India and Canada, citing concerns about the costs involved in providing the service.
The Twitterverse has gone mad with complaints – especially in the UK where they tend to
whine assert their perspective more readily.
I’ve always been dubious about Twitter as a monetisable model but here would seem to be a perfect opportunity for them to test the model. People have already desired a preparedness to pay for a SMS notification service – clearly if Twitter doesn’t provide it then some other third party will – it’d be a huge surprise is Twitter didn’t very shortly offer just this functionality to customers – if the uptake is significant I’d expect a similar move in the US.