Twitter wants to hijack your tweet conversations with contextual ads

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Twitter logo on a Pixel 4 XL (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Twitter is testing putting ads in conversation threads.
  • The ads will show up after the first, third, or eighth responses in a conversation.
  • Twitter wants to figure out how this can benefit creators and is testing thread ads on iOS and Android.

Twitter has been making moves to give creators more ways to monetize their content, and the latest move might be the easiest way to do so.

On Thursday, Twitter's revenue and product lead, Bruce Falck, announced that the platform is testing a new place to put ads; smack dab in the middle of your conversation. According to Falck, ads may appear after the first, third, or eighth response in a tweet conversation thread.

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Aspects of the new format are still being worked out, from the frequency and placement of the ads to their layout. The ads may also be contextually relevant to the tweet thread they're being shown in, so they won't be completely out of place.

Falck says that putting ads in threads may not only be a great opportunity for ad companies but could potentially benefit creators as well. He did not go into much detail about this but says creators will likely have to opt-in to get a cut of ad revenue. It's likely that this will only benefit users that meet certain criteria, however, at this stage, Twitter is "still working through it all."

The experiment will take place globally over the coming months, and some users on iOS and the best Android phones may start seeing the today. That said, Twitter may choose not to pursue the new format depending on how well tests go.

Derrek Lee
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