Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Twitter will be putting ads in your stream of tweets

The Twitter streams is going to be changing shortly, as Twitter begins rolling out its plan to place Promoted Tweets inside its users' stream. This is going to be a work in progress and Twitter is rolling out in-stream advertising slowly. The company will begin testing Promoted Tweets within one of its partners, HootSuite. Twitter will be experimenting with how and when to place the ads, hopefully to be as unobtrusive to the microblogging companies loyal users.

The Tweets are not going to be entirely random. The key as allways is relevance and Twitter wants to make sure that the ads you see in your stream are directed at you.

Or as Twitter say it themselves: “During this testing period with HootSuite, we will experiment with where and when Promoted Tweets are shown in the timeline. Not all HootSuite users will see Promoted Tweets and those who do may see different Promoted Tweets in different places in their timeline. As with Promoted Tweets in search, we will display Promoted Tweets in the timeline when they are relevant. Similar to our Promoted Account recommendations, we use several signals to determine a Promoted Tweet’s relevance to a user, including the public list of whom they follow. We will expand the rollout only when we feel we’re delivering a high-quality user experience.”

So, needis to earn money. Twitter can’t continue forever without generating more revenue.

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