TweetSponsor is a new platform for twitter creators to monetize their tweets by partnering with sponsors who want to reach their audience.
And I went from idea to MVP in just a few days. Initially I just wanted to validate the idea with a simple landing page and email capture. But I decided to turn it into an MVP.
The key to building an MVP fast? Saying no to every feature you think you need. And leverage external tools to do the rest of the work.
I could have spent a lot more time building out listings, payments, user accounts, chat, and more. But it would be a waste of time if I didn't validate the idea to begin with.
Instead, I used an Airtable form for Twitter profile listings, and Gumroad to sell access to the Airtable.
This way I can validate both sides of the equation - Twitter creators that want to sell tweet space, and sponsors who pay for access to the listings.
My experience shows us a few things:
Nomadlist started as a Google Sheets document before it became the huge site and community that it is now.
TweetSponsor is a landing page with links to Airtable and Gumroad with no additional functionality. I leveraged external tools to provide the essential features (data entry, and payment).
If your idea isn't validated, reduce scope over and over.
The domain cost me $9, and I'm using the free-tier services of Airtable, Gumroad, Emailoctopus, and Netlify.
In fact the MVP could have been made even quicker if I used a landing page template or service - the majority of my time was spent designing and playing around with the landing page. I spent a fair amount of time creating a Twitter UI clone for the lead visual.
Within a couple of hours of launch we already have Twitter profiles listed with over 300k followers combined!
TweetSponsor is live on Product Hunt right now! I would love for you to check out the post and give some feedback!