The $1m-a-month business behind your favorite Twitter accounts


If you’re one of the 1.14 million followers of the @HistoryInPics Twitter account, which posts delightfully obscure pictures of historical subjects and events, you may have asked yourself, “Are they making any money off this?”

The answer is yes. Quite a bit of money.

Is this one of those ideas you think, “Wow! I wish I had thought of this!” or do you bemoan the “watering down” of Twitter?

  • KvH

    Scam artists. They don’t attribute any of their photos or direct you to any more information. The vast majority are celebrity photos.

    Then if you do follow (I followed historypix for a day) they post those crappy spam/scam ads every 3 or 4 tweets. But they delete them from their timeline so they don’t show when you go to the feed to see if you should follow.

    I’ve found way better accounts to follow for interesting historical stuff. The Retronaut, Slate Vault, HistoryWeird, RealTimeWWII are all better.

  • yummyyummyfly

    Do they pay the copyright holders? If not, I smell lawsuit city.