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Shuttertweet: Monetized Tweets for Shutterstock Users

Posted on 8.19.2009

Last week, Website Magazine reported on the love bloggers, photographers and videographers have of Shutterstock’s affiliate program. Today, Shutterstock moves its affiliate program into the Twitterverse with its new tool, Shuttertweet.

Shuttertweet allows Shutterstock submitters to send tweets to their followers whenever their portfolio is added or changed on the image stock website. But that’s not all. Submitters get a commission anytime someone clicks on the link in the tweet and makes a purchase. 

In the coverage last week, Mike Phillips, senior editor, noted that affiliates can earn up to 20 percent of each purchase including subscriptions. It is unclear if this applies to the Shuttertweet program as well.

The business of tapping into Twitter’s API is a growing trend as more companies look to capture the millions of Twitter users, and send those users back to their own websites. Back in April, eMarketer estimated that there will be 12.1 million users on the social networking site in 2009 – a number that any company would want to get its hands on.

Do you participate in any affiliate programs that utilize Twitter? Comment below.

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