I just saw this on allthingd:
People familiar with the [Twitter]’s plans say it has been discussing yet another revenue generator: Think of it as a “Promoted Tweeter” product, which highlights specific user accounts, designed to bump up follower counts.
Isn’t that what Jason asked them to do over a year ago? Via his blog from March, 19th 2009:
Last week, some of you may have read a headline that said I offered Twitter $250,000 to make me one of the default users in their system. The headline is almost accurate. I did offer them $250,000, but it was for two years as a *suggested* user, not a default user. There are no “default” users on Twitter. There is simply a suggested users page when you sign up. Being on this page results in 5-10k people following you per day.