Tipjoy Twitter Payments Idea #1: Gifting virtual goods
Gifting and virtual goods are exploding. They're a fun and social way to tell your friends you care. Social networks and apps that build on top of them are finding that they're a great way to monetize. And every gift sent will be an ad for your service.
Build an application using our API that lets people give virtual goods over Twitter.
Create a set of virtual goods, such as images, mp3s, or short videos. Introduce scarcity: maybe each item can only be bought and shared 1000 times before it is sold out. Charge a small amount for each item, say $1.
Then users buy the good and send it to someone on Twitter, perhaps by importing their friends, and let them add a custom message.
Payments could be directed to a URL, not just a twitter username. You can make the URL the permalink for the item. It would work best if the link wasn't generic for the gift, but specific for user A giving user B an item. The tweet might then be:
@my_friend p $1 http://gifting-site/for_you I got you a Rose. Thanks for being so nice
That prominently displays the price. You could separate the payment from the notification of a gift by making them separate tweets:
p $1 http://gifting-site/for_you to give my friend a gift
@my_friend I got you a Rose. Thanks for being so nice. http://gifting-site/for_you