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Twitter will roll out an official advertising platform likely within the next month or so, Anamitra Banerji, head of product management and monetization at Twitter, said while on a panel at a conference on Monday. Will advertising change your experience or make you use Twitter less?

Updated: Twitter will roll out an official advertising platform, likely within the next month or so, one of the company’s executives told an advertising-industry conference, according to a report in Media Post. Anamitra Banerji, head of product management and monetization at Twitter, apparently made the comment in response to a question from a panel moderator at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting on Monday.

Update: According to one source in the media industry, Twitter may launch its new advertising platform at the South by Southwest conference, which starts March 12. The social network is apparently working with several major partners for the launch, including “new and traditional media,” the source said. Choosing the music and interactive media conference to usher in the advertising platform would be fitting, since the use of Twitter during Sarah Lacy’s interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at SXSW in 2007 was seen by many as a tipping point for the service.

Twitter is working on an ad platform, Banerji reportedly told Media Post following the panel, but currently it’s “only in the test phase.” People are constantly “talking and engaging with brands, sharing their feedback,” during events such as the SuperBowl, he said during the panel, asking the conference delegates: “What if brands start to participate?” He added that the company will make it “explicitly clear that a sponsor” paid for the ad, and make it “relevant and useful, so the user doesn’t think of it as an ad.”

Twitter recently revealed that it has grown to the point where it is receiving and distributing 50 million tweets a day, or about 600 every second. That puts the social network up in Facebook territory. With that kind of growth, it makes sense that the company would want to take advantage of that user base and provide advertisers with a way to reach and target them. What remains to be seen is how the service implements ads, and whether or not users revolt against the commercialization of their social network.

There are already several companies trying to take advantage of advertising in Twitter streams, including IZEA — formerly known as PayPerPost — and Ad.ly, which allegedly pays celebrities like Kim Kardashian thousands of dollars to tweet about various products and services. It will be interesting to see what happens to these and other “sponsored tweet” services when Twitter eventually rolls out its official platform.

Some Twitter users say they will stop using the service if advertising becomes prevalent in their streams (but may be willing to pay a fee to keep it out), while others say that they welcome advertising and look forward to having Twitter target them based on the hashtags or keywords they use. What do you think? Will advertising change your experience or make you use Twitter less?

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  1. If these are text ads and they are targeted at queries then they will get sued by Yahoo imho.

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    1. Why do you say that, Tolleson?

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      1. Overture owns the patent on targeting ads to search queries. They successfully sued Google prior to their IPO and received a $500M settlement. Yahoo will come after them if they target text ads to searches.

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    2. Ah, I see — thanks.

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  2. If it’s in the stream, as it seems, then yeah… that’s pretty annoying. But c’mon, one Tweet is so ephemeral, if you’ve got a few hundred followers, it’s off your stream so fast it might as well not have existed.

    And there’s the problem with Twitter advertising. It has to be in the stream – not enough people use Twitter.com to Tweet – and the stream is so very transient that an ad has no lasting value.

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  3. Hey Mathew,

    I think it depends on what form the platform takes.

    From the article it appears that it will be focused on conversations surrounding events (similar to the Facebook connect successes with Superbowl, Obama inauguration, etc) – in that case it could be very successful for brands as long as they have the right people who listen, connect and interact appropriately.

    One thing that Twitter must allow is the ability for me to block brands from my Twitterstream so I can control my experience.

    We’ll see what transpires :)

    David

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    1. I agree, David — there should be controls available to tune the advertising out if users wish to (which many will).

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  5. [...] term. So, we should do whatever we can to encourage positive behavior.”Update:According to GigaOm’s sources, Twitter is likely to launch its new ad platform at SXSW which begins on March 12th. It [...]

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  6. [...] See all: Oneliners Looks like Twitter may get ads soon, and may talk about it at next month’s South by Southwest conference. [...]

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  7. [...] at Twitter), Twitter’s ad platform launch is just a month or so away. Source: The Next Web Twitter to Launch Ad Platform Soon Twitter will roll out an official advertising platform, likely within the next month or so, one of [...]

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  8. FYI – I think the Sarah Lacy/Mark Zuckerberg flare up happened at SXSW in 2008.

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    1. Thanks, Jim — you are quite right. I got the 2007 tipping point and the Lacy interview mixed up. I will have to fix that.

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  9. So basically twitter has become a place for breaking news and sharing links. thats about it.

    They need to have a solid monetization plan, something like adwords for google. with 140 characters and mostly bit.ly links, i suspect thats going to be difficult.

    As for the location based stuff, what percentage of users are we talking anyways?

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  10. The danger here, as with any new platform, is that thoughts immediately turn to how to monetize the experience through advertising (the same thing is happening with moblie-social platforms). Social platforms, as you point out, have specific, unwritten rules about what’s acceptable or not – and those rules are written by the people who use the platform, as much or more so than by the platform owners. You didn’t have this dynamic in traditional channels, which gave platform owners (networks, radio stations, publishers) the ability to monetize with little push-back from the consumers of the content. Now that the users are both the creators and the consumers of the content, traditional monetization models are difficult to overlay here. The trouble is, there’s not enough creativity in how to monetize these things that don’t interfere with the experience. Immediately the thought goes to an interruption of the experience by advertising within a Tweet, which personally doesn’t do anything for me. Where I’ve seen value both for a brand and the user is when the brand can bring something to the table that wouldn’t have been available otherwise. In the Twitter sense, I think the ability to aggregate the conversations and bring it to the user in a convenient way has more value than pushing a marketing message in a single tweet. Even in the aggregation approach, branding should be light, and the content and value to the consumer should be clear. Here’s one example I worked on last year: http://bit.ly/bWmLAe A bit brand-heavy, too, but the concept is there. This might be one approach that Twitter will take, as opposed to marketing within Tweets. There are other examples of this since we did this one, including some good ones around the Olympics.

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  11. I don’t know about advertising, but they should surely get rid of RETWEETS. Retweets suck. I don’t need the echo chamber. There is enough repetition on the Web. They don’t need to encourage it. Anyway, what’s Retweet for except for some kind of quid quo pro between narcissists. Anyone who I follow that Retweets more than once a week gets the AX from me.

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    1. I totally agree. Retweet is the stupidest thing ever.

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      1. Isn’t all about sharing. I like it when someone shares a link that is of interest to me. As long as they are not sending me a spam DM who cares let it go by. To each his own.

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      2. Yeah, and people shouldn’t forward emails either. Give me a break.

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    2. Juju Bee, I think the main purpose of retweeting is that it exposes people to users they’re not following. Without it, people wouldn’t as easily find more people to follow, which would have inhibited twitter’s growth. I’m not endorsing or criticizing it, just giving my perspective.

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  12. I really hope this doesn’t cause inconvenience to the tweeps.. Cause the yahoo ads which are displayed in their mail, is really a big trouble.. It takes time to load.. And lots of them have porn ads..! I hope twitter doesn’t cause such inconvenience..! Please Twitter.. I really love you..! Twitter is one among the best social networking sites i have ever been to..! :)

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  13. [...] month’s South by Southwest conference, where CEO Evan Williams is scheduled to keynote. A source tells GigaOm that TwitterTwitter is “working with several major partners for the launch.”Staying the course [...]

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  14. [...] one, however, looks like it might be around by the beginning of next month, according to GigaOm. They report that “one source in the media industry” says that Twitter may launch the [...]

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  15. [...] month’s South by Southwest conference, where CEO Evan Williams is scheduled to keynote. A source tells GigaOm that Twitter is “working with several major partners for the [...]

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  16. Just yesterday we noticed that oneforty.com already tracks 47 advertising platforms, networks & services for Twitter: http://oneforty.com/category/Advertising

    Regardless of who builds what, it will be very interesting to see which formats catch on with consumers and businesses.

    Warmly,
    Laura

    Laura Fitton
    CEO/Founder, http://oneforty.com

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Laura. I agree it will be very interesting to see what shakes out.

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  18. [...] GigaOm 的一篇报道称“媒体业的一个消息来源”认为Twitter 可能会在 SXSW 大会上宣布推出广告平台,该大会将与 3 月 12 日开始举行。 [...]

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  19. The thinking thus far on Twitter advertising has been very limited. Buying celebrity endorsements through platforms like Ad.ly and Izea feels really cheap.

    It’s much more straightforward to take tweet-sized ads from brands and insert them into user streams without using a middleman like a celebrity. Let people see the message as originating from the sponsor brand, and let people reply, on Twitter, to the ad directly. This actually enables better matching of ads to users and ensures that sponsors are held accountable for their messaging. This is the approach we take at 140 Proof.

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  20. [...] month’s South by Southwest conference, where CEO Evan Williams is scheduled to keynote. A source tells GigaOm that Twitter is “working with several major partners for the [...]

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  21. [...] Twitter is going to launch an advertising solution, because… People are constantly “talking and engaging with brands, sharing their [...]

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  22. [...] Selon GigaOM, Twitter.com serait sur le point de lancer les publicités sur son site. [...]

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  23. [...] month’s South by Southwest conference, where CEO Evan Williams is scheduled to keynote. A source tells GigaOm that Twitter is “working with several major partners for the [...]

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  24. [...] month’s South by Southwest conference, where CEO Evan Williams is scheduled to keynote. A source tells GigaOm that Twitter is “working with several major partners for the [...]

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  25. [...] GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram says he’s heard Twitter “may” be launching that platform in conjunction with a host of both traditional and new media companies at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, the Austin, Texas confab where Twitter made its official debut in 2007. Which would make sense: Twitter CEO Evan Williams is keynoting at this year’s SXSWi. A month later, Twitter will hold its first official developer conference, called “Chirp.” [...]

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  26. [...] UPDATED: Twitter to Launch Ad Platform Soon [...]

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  27. [...] month’s South by Southwest conference, where CEO Evan Williams is scheduled to keynote. A source tells GigaOm that Twitter is “working with several major partners for the [...]

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  29. And how in the world will this be any different than Twitter is now. And what will encourage a brand to pay for an ad it can send for free?

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    1. The reason is reach. A brand that’s just starting out on Twitter needs to tell people that it’s there. Even a brand with 100,000 Twitter followers wants to spread its message more widely. Brands will pay to display their messages and offers to people who are likely to be interested.

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  30. [...] executives told an advertisingindustry conference, according to a report in Media Post. Go to Blog Post – © POPNEWS | POPULAR NEWS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. var cookie = [...]

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  31. Nope, the advertisements won’t make me use Twitter any less. I don’t use Twitter, Facebook, Myspace… or any other.

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  32. [...] GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram said he has heard Twitter “may” be launching that platform in partnership with a host of media companies at the South by Southwest conference next month. [...]

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  33. [...] GigaOM dicen que el servicio podría ser anunciado durante el South by Southwest que se celebra a mediados [...]

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  34. [...] Online-Tech-Dienst GigaOm will in diesem Zusammenhang erfahren haben, dass Twitter mit “mehreren großen Partnern [...]

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  35. [...] bei MediaPost nachlesen kann, steht wohl der Launch einer Werbeplattform bei Twitter kurz bevor und bei GigaOM weiss man wohl, dass es auf der South by Southwest-Konferenz verkündet werden soll, die am 12.3.2010 [...]

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  36. I believe that using Twitter for business previously thought. Annoying ads everywhere and spend here. Progress does not stand in one place and moving forward. Improving the site should be. twitter.com/dmtsmirnov

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  37. [...] Matthew Ingram at GigaOm piled on with a post about how the product would launch at SXSW. [...]

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  38. [...] UPDATED: Twitter to Launch Ad Platform Soon See All Articles » Twitter Backtracking on Advertising Launch? [...]

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  39. [...] and has to happen with all the pressures around real revenue models in 2010. Twitter recently announced that it is launching a new ad platform. And read this article from Mashable around Facebook [...]

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  40. [...] Online-Tech-Dienst GigaOm will in diesem Zusammenhang erfahren haben, dass Twitter mit “mehreren großen Partnern [...]

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  41. [...] Twitter–a social network loved by numerous bloggers, is about to embrace tweet advertising. (GigaOM) According to one source in the media industry, Twitter may launch its new advertising platform at [...]

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  42. [...] obvious is regarding monetisation, it’s taken a while but there are now ‘official’ rumours that some form of an ‘ad platform’ will be launched at SXSWi next month where Evan [...]

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  43. [...] a keynote interview at SXSW on Monday, March 15.  On Tuesday, February23, several technology blogs reported that Twitter was planning to launch an advertising platform at SXSW.  This stemmed from a report in Media Post that Anamitra Banerji, head of product [...]

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  44. [...] ou sacrifierais-tu payer un prix modéré pour qu'ils te désamorçassent cette option ? Une voie | Gigaom Posted by Timo Thihiinosa at 5:00 [...]

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  45. [...] while reports of Twitter unveiling the ad platform at SXSW may be a bit premature, it seems that there is no question that it is in the works and will take on [...]

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  46. why not take small steps to start layering in advertising. the smartest place to start with the last disruption is Twitter Search. users behaviors are used to ads w/ search results. the ads would be very targeted and relevant. ads in results after years of non is playing with fire after leaving it alone for so long. users will loose trust in their Twitter streams when they get further cluttered..

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  47. [...] isn’t formalizing these relationships out of the good of its heart; it’s gearing up for a major monetization effort and will clearly expect developers to contribute a tithing. [...]

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  48. [...] No Comments          0 Twitter may be working on the imminent launch of its own advertising platform, but that hasn’t stopped others from rushing to profit from the social network. A Twitter ad [...]

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  49. [...] may be working on the imminent launch of its own advertising platform, but that hasn’t stopped others from rushing to profit from the social network. A Twitter ad [...]

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  50. [...] Ev Williams of Twitter is keynoting and will hopefully provide us with Twitter’s revenue model, and Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek is up for a talk as well (perhaps to tell us when the [...]

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  51. [...] Ev Williams of Twitter is keynoting and will hopefully provide us with Twitter’s revenue model, and Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek is up for a talk as well (perhaps to tell us when the [...]

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  52. [...] the big technology players will be there announcing their latest products and news. Twitter is rumored to be announcing their ad platform on the 1st day of the interactive portion of the conference, which, if it happens, will likely make [...]

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  53. [...] 2月22日,Twitter 产品管理和盈利部门的主管 Anamitra Banerji 在一次谈话中称,Twitter 的网络广告平台将在一个月内推出 Beta 版。 而那时有媒体透漏 Twitter 正在就即将推出的广告平台与几个主要的合作伙伴商谈,其中包括传统媒体和新媒体。 [...]

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  54. [...] They’ve put 2 and 2 together with GigaOM’s Matthew Ingram’s (Feb 23) report that Twitter is lining up major partners for a [...]

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  55. [...] They’ve put 2 and 2 together with GigaOM’s Matthew Ingram’s (Feb 23) report that Twitter is lining up major partners for a [...]

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  56. [...] They’ve put 2 and 2 together with GigaOM’s Matthew Ingram’s (Feb 23) report that Twitter is lining up major partners for a [...]

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  57. [...] founder Evan Williams was widely expected to announce an advertising platform at the SXSW conference yesterday, but while he announced something with dozens of major media [...]

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  58. [...] founder Evan Williams was widely expected to announce an advertising platform at the SXSW conference yesterday, but while he announced something with dozens of major media [...]

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  59. I really don’t know about ad.

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  60. What are the best avenues to revenue and monetization for Twitter? …

    “Twitter will roll out an official advertising platform, likely within the next month or so, one of the company’s executives told an advertising-industry conference, according to a report in Media Post. Anamitra Banerji, head of product management and…

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