Flippa, a marketplace for selling websites and domain names, is helping owners of Twitter-related domain names and websites see strong sales. Flippa sellers have access to a huge crowd of buyers. In October 2010, traffic to Flippa was nearly 250,000 unique visitors according to Compete.
For sellers looking to be quickly rewarded for registering a Twitter domain or established web site, the figures are strong – especially compared to other recently ended sales reported by Flippa.
The sales today include:
Thetweetmaster.com won for $80
Twitterfollowersnow.net won for $100
Increasemyfollowers.com won for $1,750
Twitterfollowing.info won for $100
In March 2010, Flippa was credited with selling Retweet.com at public auction for $250,000 – it’s biggest sale since the site launched in 2009. The company even published a case study about the sale entitled: How Retweet.com was built then sold for $250K.
Tell us about the Retweet website sale.
We’ve only sold Retweet.com through Flippa. We originally planned to sell the website through a private broker, but later decided a competitive public auction was our best route for this domain.
We acquired (purchased) the domain during the explosion in the popularity of the Twitter.com platform.
Mesiab Labs had been building marketing software for Twitter for nearly 6 months when we saw the growing market demand for real time news and how Twitter was an essential tool in making this possible ( Hudson plane crash ). Now since news spreads through Twitter by users retweet’ing stories, we figured retweet.com was the most appropriate name for such a service.
After the domain name was acquired we spent the next couple of months building it up as a side project. We worked with crowd-sourced designers (ed: 99designs.com ) and a few highly-skilled outsourced programmers to help complete the project while we focused on our ( Mesiab Labs ) bottom line.
The website began to grow organically after online blogs and other press announced the release of Retweet.com, the popular name created much buzz around the web ( positive and negative ).
What inspired you to sell Retweet?
The website eventually got to a point where we realized it obviously shouldn’t be a side project ( rather someone’s main focus ). Since our expertise is in marketing software platforms, we felt that we had taken retweet.com as far as we could. This combined with our new focus on our latest startup company Jounce, Inc., we decided to sell.
The full case study can be read online at Flippa.
You can expect the Twitter sales to continue as Twitter continues to grow in numbers.
A few Twitter facts (updated September 14, 2010 on Twitter’s web site)
Twitter has 175 million registered users.
95M tweets are written per day.