My problem was that it is a pain to read Twitter threads (or Tweetstorm)
on the official twitter website/app and I think that all the Tweets put one
after another in a medium.com alike page could be better.
So I ask myself: "What about a service that helps you unroll a full Twitter thread
on a dedicated beautifully designed page to allow an easy read of the whole story?"
What is Thread Reader App?
Thread Reader App is a service that allows anyone to unroll long Twitter thread
and display them on an easy to read page.
I also try to help people discover interesting threads with a trending section and hashtag based pages.
The unroll part is mostly done with a bot you can interact with,
see How to section.
What else does Thread Reader App do?
Thread Reader has other interesting features, like getting a PDF Archive of a given thread,
having a personalized account with a list of all of your unrolls.
Subscriptions to authors so you don't miss anything.
Find out more on the How to section.
Every month I try to add a new post on my Patreon talking about challenges I had,
stats and money I make.
You can read it there:
(and become a paying Patreon!)
Is this some big company making this site?
No this site is me on a laptop coding everything.
From the bot, to the trending section.
It's all hand-coded, designed, deployed and marketed by me.
This service is not related to Twitter.com
Why isn't Thread Reader App free?
It is free! Thread Reader main service is and always will be free.
So why Thread Reader has Premium features?
You must know that Thread Reader is not a startup.
It’s just one person working very hard to make it happen.
Everyday I’m working on this project, doing marketing, support and development.
I don't have any external funding on purpose: my goal is to avoid the usual Startup story.
You know when someone build a cool service and get some users,
attracts some big company (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) and get bought.
Then somehow the service gets closed or fades away.
Instead, if every user is paying a little bit for the service,
then you’re less likely to see it disappear overnight.
To be honest, even if I’m passionate about what I’m doing, in the end if I don’t get any money to live,
I’ll have to get back to a more classic desk job.
The second very important point is: stay as independent as possible.
Thread Reader is already bound to Twitter through their Terms of Service
– and somehow through some of their obscure developer rules –
but I don't want to depend on any other entity/person
that could decide who and what can be published on the website.
You may think that it doesn't cost much to run a site like this?
But you’re mistaken.
Let’s run the numbers: a good full stack developer is paid $150,000/y+ (I was),
a normal Startup probably has 4 engineers: that's $600,000/y.
Add some support and marketing people and you’re close to $800,000/y in labor costs.
On the technical side I like to keep it simple but still:
sending emails (like subscriptions alerts) costs $1,000/y,
hosting and bandwidth is cheap but still adds up $5,000/y.
Even Twitter API is going to be paying at some point.
Plus you need a bunch of other services like security audit, backups, software licences, etc.
probably another $10,000/y.
That means we'd be close to $1,000,000/y to make this profitable not even talking about taxes.
I can assure you, I don't even make close to that!
To sum up, when you pay for Premium you get all those advanced features
but foremost you’re supporting me and the service so it can stay online and independent.