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Announcing... Twitter Tees By Threadless!

  • by the ThreadStaff
  • posted May 19, 2009
  • 171 Comments

5.19.09 IMMEDIATE RELEASE: @Threadless to crowdsource #TwitterTees. @Biz says "Awesome!" http://thrdl.es/~/R

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Andreas Mohacsy
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smells like a gold mine - congrats

kevinwells

(i hope that didn't come across as jerkface-y. i hope everyone knows how much i

kevinwells

... how much i hate when i forget that <'s eat up the rest of your comment :P that and how much i <3 threadless)

pats2fat

not too fond of this..

staffell
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The problem I have with the system is that I don't believe "a twitter user" is any different from a regular users...

in other words just because they are following threadless on an (imo) pointless social networking site doesn't mean their tastes are different...especially with regards to the twitter tees.

staffell
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brentendo on May 19 '09 at 2:50pm
ndstillie on May 19 '09 at 2:44pm
and the awesome "Nice design vote for my tweet" comments.

:'(


lol

T-Lou
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User name TLou taken, wtf.
Whats Twitter in the morning anyway?
Yesterday's MySpace...

chelly

this is interesting

ISABOA
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this will unleash a deluge of new users with money for shirts

YAY!

i am going to go and make a witty comment on a BBS about it

skaw
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kevinwells - re: the nomination thing - when you nominate you aren't submitting their work, you're just nudging them to submit it. it doesn't go up for scoring unless the person you've nominated accepts your nomination.

briancook
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FRICKINAWESOME - what's your twitter account? I'm gonna nominate the crap out of you and win $$$$!

courtney pie

Chengui on May 19 '09 at 5:42pm
FRICKINAWESOME - what's your twitter account? I'm gonna nominate the crap out of you and win $$$$!


then i call dibbs on maltz!

kevinwells

ahh, thanks for the clarification on that. i still think it's pretty odd that you can get paid for that, though. i imagine people will just "nominate" everything they see just on the off chance the person accepts/wins. you'll get a bunch of people who just follow all the clever/witty people and nominate everything funny they say the moment they say it.

also, can multiple people nominate the same tweet?

psherman42

are you going to change the twitter tees logo at the top of the page so that its grayed out if you aren't on it? I don't really like the clashy look of it right now. also, it only shows up on threadless, not when you're at typetees/select/kids.

stothemofob
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i've not been on here long enough to know, but has threadless done this kind of thing before? i just always assumed twitter would be a passing thing, but threadless seem to be really behind it.

if it creates good tees then fair enough i suppose, though for me, none of these four tees represent what i think threadless is about.

brentendo

I'm actually quite interested to see what kind of tees come out of this line, because I've been thinking recently that alot of slogans submitted as of late aren't actually that wearable. They may be clever and witty with great puns etc however I might actually find myself more inclined to wear a tshirt that says "I'm dying for a slice of pizza"

brentendo

ok I retract that statement after visiting the twitter tees voting page and seeing the horrifyingly bad list of 'tweets' that people had to offer for tshirt designs.

stubby43

I have very mixed feelings about this, my knee jerk reaction is to say its going to destroy the community I love but I've been around long enough to have experienced its going to destroy everything and find out it hasnt before.

I love twitter I think its awesome but I do kind of feel like your starting something new when you really should be concentrating on fixing the type tees section.

stubby43

p.s Twitter tee's is forgetting my votes, I've voted hell no on a couple of tweets, refreshed and there back.

staffell
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when you really should be concentrating on fixing the type tees section.

I'm pretty sure they're working on this anyway phil

staffell
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I'm a Milhouse in a world of Barts.

Indiana: the New Jersey of Illinois.

I watch porn for the credits.

Oh, Aunt Jemima. How you make oldey-time racism so delicious?


lol awesome

stubby43

true but it feels like that.

Truth be told I know theres another version of the site on the way but the release of twitter tee's means its probably going to be a few months before we see it.

staffell
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pessimism aside, I say good luck to threadless! I hope this generates a tonne more sales for you :)

pyko

hm interesting - was rather confused and bit worried about slogans/typetees when i first saw this!!

but good to see you are making it different/distinct.

re the nominating...so does that mean say I nominate FA's tweet, he decides what the heck, i'll submit it...and sometime later it gets printed i get $140 and FA gets $500 ???

this shall be interesting....though one more way to have a stab at the money - i'm not complaining :)

skaw
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psherman42 - that will go away after a while, just for a week or two after we launch it. won't be up there at all after that.

stothemofob - yea who knows, based on how this goes we may end it after 6 months, it could be a long term, permanent thing...

Emurion

I was wrong in the survey. Now I have no doubt that Threadless is a store.

Clever move, but I don't like it.

andyg
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If there really is a demand for Twitter-inspired t-shirts, I suppose people ought to be able to buy them somewhere. But why at Threadless? Why not do all this on Twitter's site?

People who want to wear shirts that say things like "I just ran out of orange juice" should just go straight to the place that's famous for meaningless, empty phrases. Plus, Threadless already has slogan tees. How many more slogan tees do we need? If the Threadless blogs become dominated by people begging for tweet votes, my days here will be numbered.

I understand that Threadless is a business and could potentially make a small fortune by combining forces with Twitter. I'm sure Threadless could rope in a lot of new visitors this way as well. But is it all really worth it? Threadless has always been a highly productive sanctuary from all the social networking nonsense out there. I feel like Twitter shirts will cheapen the great things that are already produced here. Does Threadless really want a bunch of people with nothing relevant or important to say suddenly deciding what makes a good design too? I think the less mainstream Threadless is, the better.

Threadless should continue to use Twitter as a tool to keep Twitterers (or whatever you call them) up to speed on what's new at Threadless. But keep the two sites separated.
Remember what happened when the Jetsons met the Flintstones? Me neither... But I'm pretty sure it was television poison. The point is: keep George Jetson out of Bedrock. He doesn't belong there.

nathanwpyle at gmail.com
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I think most of the winning slogans will ultimately not be directly Twitter related and yet also won't be neatly packaged cleverness like the Threadless slogans.

I have been surprised in the past at what people want written on their t-shirts.

For instance -CNN.com's T-Shirt store.
They've been offering T-shirts with any headline of your choice for the past year.

When I first saw it last year, I didn't think it would last.

Apparently it has survived though - with T-Shirts that read things like '1 in 3 workers hung over at the office.'


see CNN t shirt gallery here

Steelplate
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Don't know if this has been mentioned, but how exactly is this different to TypeTees? Could people essentially be clever and sneak their unsung slogans into thier Tweets in the hopes that they get chosen and printed?

andyg
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One more thing... even if I loved the phrase and design, I would never buy the shirt based on the fact that there's a Twitter logo printed on it.

That's all I'm going to say. Do the right thing, Threadless!

nathanwpyle at gmail.com
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andyg speaks truth about nixing the Twitter logo. I too am not big on personal advertisement.

re: Steelplate

skaw on May 19 '09 at 5:00pm
FA - the difference (other than character count) is tweets vs slogans ... tweets are more of a 'what are you doing' type of thing, so the content is a slightly different angle. the biggest difference is the audience though, just a different community participating.


I think sheer numbers will render that 'dual submission' strategy less than effective. Threadless has around 500,000 followers on Twitter, and hundreds of thousands more will no doubt try to get in on the 'Tweet' submission for money.

In other words, if slogans aren't lauded here then they stand a slim chance at new life elsewhere.



aled
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I second Andy's sentiment on the Twitter branded tees. That part in particular does not really seem to be in the spirit of Threadless. Although, I guess the regular Threadless market/community is not the target audience for these tees?

Which in itself is kind of a shame.

jublin
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everyone is always so negative when there is change.

but i still don't see how this change has any sort of impact to anyone who doesn't use it. If anything, maybe we'll get lucky and it will help gather more threadless users/voters so we can get a sub past 500 votes.

staffell
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Well said andy, couldn't have put it better myself.

But what's done is done. As jake said, he doesn't know how well this merge will do and is prepare to we sever the link if things don't work out. However you look at it, this new development is certainly an interesting one, and although fairly skeptical, i look forward to seeing what comes out of it.

staffell
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prepared to sever* that should have said

aled
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I don't think that people are concerned that this change will affect them, just what this kind of change represents.

I welcome change. I hold hands in public with change.

aled
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It's not fur! It's my own hair!

hogboy
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I'm saving all my good slogans for the Facebook range.

FRICKINAWESOME
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Chengui on May 19 '09 at 5:42pm
FRICKINAWESOME - what's your twitter account? I'm gonna nominate the crap out of you and win $$$$!


hahaha man, thanks for the vote of confidence, but I'm still debating if i want to get a twitteraccount and participate in that world at all. While the 140 character limit is VERY tempting (Threadless, just bump our character type tee limit up to 70, PLEASEEEE?!?!?!), I really can not stand Twitter or the social narcissim that it encourages. Like Andy said, I thought of Twitter as hopefully going away, but it seems as if it's grabbed enough momentum to be here for the long- sigh- haul. I'll probably sign up tho and if any slogan cannot be whittled down to the 65 type tees character limit without destroying the concept or idea, I'll tweet it up. Maybe. lol.

I'm still kinda bummed that twitters get as much money as type tees tho. That's not at ALL why i do type tees, it just feels like it devalues them a bit. Dunno, let's see how this pans out. Good luck to Threadles on this and i hope they can do it in a way that both benefits themselves while remaining true to their creative top-notch spirit.

jublin
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The twitter tee about tweeting from space is such a LIE

And you know it threadless. you. know it.

asfi235

skaw on May 19 '09 at 3:24pm
Anyway, we're pretty stoked to open up the whole community based tee creation process to other communities around the web and are anxious to see how this works out. Thanks for your feedback thus far!


The scariest scenario is the Twitterverse discovering the regular graphic design submission process. If the submission-approving staffers don't break under the strain, the voters surely will. As it is, the "average" number of votes per submission has dropped from around 2000 to under 600. How low can it go before it loses all relevance?

How special is "community" when it's the size of a medium-sized city?

pyko

oh and another question...do we get to see how many votes/% our 'twitter tees' are getting?

coz if i'm not mistaken lots of people tweet like crazy so if only the most recent 10 tweets are shown they might get like....less than 1 minute on front page?!?

and how will that work with voting...since from slogans i would imagine that you really need at least 50 votes to be considered...

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