Twitter has finally crossed the rubicon and will allow advertisers to target ads to you based on the words that you tweet. specifically, the feature is called ‘keyword targeting in timelines‘, and its available today in 15 languages and all markets.
Twitter previously used the content of tweets to fill out its interest graph for advertisers, but this update brings laser targeting based on the topics that you tweet about to the product. Twitter uses the example of a person who tweets about enjoying an album from a band. A local venue could use a combination of Twitter’s location-based targets along with a keyword tuned to that band to pop an ad with a link to buy tickets to that band into the user’s timeline as a Promoted Tweet.
Twitter stresses that they’re not showing more ads in anyone’s timeline, they’re just going to be showing better targeted ones. And users will still be able to voice their disinterest by dismissing un-relevant Promoted Tweets. The ad targeting is also “based on the keywords in their recent Tweets and the Tweets with which users recently engaged.” That engagement could come in the form of retweets, favorites and other actions.
Twitter says that tests run with companies like Microsoft and Walgreens, they saw a jump in interactions with ads based on keyword targeting vs. other kinds of targeting.
Here’s what the new panel will look like for advertisers:
Anyone who has been following Twitter’s ad products over the past few months has just been waiting for this to become a thing. Targeting based on location and platform used was one thing, and the nebulous ‘signals’ that Twitter was using to target Promoted Tweets and such were already getting positive results. But specific word targeting is the holy grail of advertising, allowing brands and companies to tightly focus campaigns on those with very specific interests and along a very important vector: time.
When an ad is delivered is in many ways just as important as how it’s delivered and to whom. If you were just tweeting that you’re hungry for a burger, then see an ad for McDonalds, that’s much more effective than if you saw one hours later or hours before.
Here’s another example from TBG, an agency that allows business to create campaigns for networks like Facebook and Twitter:
The panel is from One Media Manager, which its designed to streamline the campaign creation process using keywords. It allows advertisers to create bundles of keywords that they can use to target ads.
This kind of targeting is offered outside of Twitter in other products of course, but Twitter’s super-real-time nature could offer a distinct advantage in keyword targeting effectiveness. Depending on how timely Twitter is in delivering ads to the timeline, this seems like it could have a huge impact in how likely people are to notice and act on ads. If there’s too much delay, that effectiveness could be blunted.
As a user, it’s unlikely that you’ll be seeing any difference in the volume or type of ads that you’ll see, but they might start to get freakishly accurate. Don’t be surprised if you tweet about a restaurant or type of cheese and see an ad pop up for those in your timeline a few minutes later.
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This morning, payments startup Ribbon announced support for “in-stream” payments on Twitter.com, allowing users to click a button directly within a tweet in order to make a purchase without having to leave the Twitter.com website. However, it appears that Twitter has already shut this feature down – within hours of its public debut.
Ribbon Co-founder Hany Rashwan has confirmed that Twitter has indeed shut them down, and the company is now in the process of trying to contact Twitter to discuss. We’ve also reached out to Twitter with questions, and will update if and when we hear back.
It’s possible that the way Ribbon implemented the in-stream payments using Twitter Cards (via the Player Card model) was a violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service. What’s interesting is how quickly Twitter reacted to the situation, which makes one wonder who might have brought the violation, or issue, to Twitter’s attention.
For background, Ribbon, which is something of a “bit.ly for payments,” previously allowed Twitter users to click and link and be redirected to a separate page offering a simple, one-page checkout experience. But today, it introduced a new, more integrated option for payments, which took advantage of Twitter Card functionality to allow for payment processing directly on Twitter.com.
On an expanded tweet, users could just click a “Buy Now” button, enter their email and credit-card info, then click “Pay.” The entire checkout experience took place on Twitter.com itself – the idea being that by not redirecting you off-site like PayPal does, merchants can increase their conversion rates.
However, now those same tweets no longer offer in-stream checkout, but instead point users to click a “view on web” link taking them to the Ribbon.co checkout page. You can see the new and current (degraded) experiences in the screenshots below.
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Today, Twitter tweaked the marketing language in the description of its iOS app. This isn’t necessarily notable on its own, but the changes do speak loudly about how Twitter thinks of itself and its service.
If you’ve been reading stuff I’ve been writing about Twitter you’ll know that I wasn’t all that pleased with the way it handled its dismissal of third-party clients. But you’ll also know that I’m still very much excited by the service and that I’m keenly interested in how it’s been handling its transition from a real-time message company to a real-time media company.
The changes to the iOS app’s description, implemented today, sketch out a roadmap for what to expect from the service as it continues to move down this (more ad-friendly) path. Lets break each change down with the original in italics, and the new line in bold.
Wherever you are, Twitter brings you closer. / With Twitter, you can watch the world unfold like never before.
Not too different here. Bringing people closer and watching the world unfold are similar concepts but the second phrase is better because it’s about ‘exposing’ more of the world, rather than actually ‘moving’ you. This makes it clear that you’ll be ‘watching’ (an active term, but in a passive way) things on Twitter, rather than making you actually go anywhere.
Essential: An organized stream of Tweets that delivers the best content to you. / Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline.
This is good stuff, as it eliminates ‘Tweets’ entirely (the word no longer appears anywhere in its description section). Instead of a ‘tweet’, which is a term that most people have come to associate directly with ’140 characters of text’, the focus is on content. Stories is text, and technically so is ‘ideas’, but pictures, videos and ‘inspiration’ are all bigger and more inclusive concepts.
Conversations, though still related to text, implies a back and forth, rather than a broadcasting. The focus on media unsurprisingly matches what Twitter has been doing with Cards. If every tweet had a ‘Card’ attached, Twitter would be just fine with that. I’ve pointed out before exactly what the future of Twitter will look like, and this fits in well with that.
Instant: All the media, news, events, and information you need. / Follow people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives.
Previously, Twitter was selling the service with media, news, events, info. Now, it’s ‘unfiltered access’ and ‘unique perspectives’. In other words, Twitter wants to present itself as ‘less filtered’ than a typical media or news service, where you’ll be seeing a neatly packaged message. This is good, because it’s largely true.
Tapping a couple-dozen tweets from a certain location can give me a far less neatly summarized view of an event or ongoing situation. Not only is it less filtered, it’s immediate (which is what the real-time emphasis was about in the line above). If Twitter is becoming a media company, that’s fine, but it needs to make sure people know it’s not the same kind of media company, it’s a newer, faster, less ‘on message’ one.
Personal: Your world, expressed in Tweets and photos. / Express yourself with photos, videos and comments.
Roughly the same, but the new emphasis on videos is obviously referring to Vine. While the Twitter app currently lets you upload videos through a couple of other providers, it recently eliminated a couple. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it take over the video hosting duties altogether soon enough. The use of the word ‘comments’ is interesting, though, because it’s really referring to replies, or perhaps original tweets about a topic. Either way, ‘comments’ are something people are familiar with. Tweets still have a text baggage. Why can’t your comment be a picture?
Search in real time, Follow people you’d like to know. Watch rising trends. / Twitter is your global town square.
The Global Town Square branding is something that Twitter has been using since New Years, and its implications are obvious. It’s the place that everyone comes to see stuff and talk about that stuff. A ‘comments section’ for real-time real-life.
I’ve got some more thoughts about where this kind of shift is taking Twitter, and how it compares to the Twitter of the past, but those will have to wait. I just thought that the changes here were telling. Overall they paint a picture of Twitter moving away from the specific and (perceptually) limiting ‘tweet’ and towards media as an anchor for new posts on the service.
After all, if you were to ask someone in 2010, ‘what’s in a tweet?’ the most likely reply would have been ’140 characters’. Now? It’s much likelier to be ‘all kinds of stuff’, and that’s just what Twitter wants.
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When Twitter started rolling out the option for users to download their tweets and retweets from days past back in December 2012, it said it only did so for a small percentage of users whose language is set to English.
Today, the company is expanding the scope, also enabling the fresh feature for users whose language is set to the following languages: Hindi, Farsi, French, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Dutch, Malaysian, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian and Polish.
Your Twitter Archive is now avail. in: Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, & Spanish.
— Twitter (@twitter) March 11, 2013
If you’re keeping count: that means the so-called ‘Twitter Archive’ option is now available in 13 languages.
To obtain your archive, go to the Settings area and look for the new “Your Twitter archive” feature (or the equivalent in your native language, obviously). Once requested, you’ll receive a link to download a ZIP file of your tweet archive by email.
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