Twitter Adds Ads to Your Timeline. Is This Alright or Annoying?
If you logged onto Twitter today, you may have noticed some changes. The micro-blogging site is now inserting advertising into users' Twitter timelines, a paid service that tweeters can't opt in or out of.
According to Ad Age, only a select group of users will see these ads. How will Twitter decide? It all depends on who you follow. Let's say you're really into energy drinks and follow a bunch of different makers of the product. You just may see a Red Bull ad pop up in your stream.
Twitter has already been allowing "promoted tweets" to appear on the its website, which is based on what you search for. But this is the first time they're allowing ads to actually show up in your timeline. For now, only those who use the third-party client Hootsuite will see the paid advertisements. Twitter will be slowly rolling things out to more users, beginning with fans of the social networking management tool.
Twitter has been known to stand by its uninterrupted experience, and even banned outside parties from posting paid tweets in user timelines back in May, saying: "...Third-party ad networks are not necessarily looking to preserve the unique user experience Twitter has created." Mmm hmm...
What do you think about the new ad feature? Are you okay with seeing advertisements in your stream or do you think they'll be annoying? Do you think you'll use Twitter less now that you know that paid ads might pop up? %Poll-55124%