Twitter introduced “promoted tweets” last year, where promoted tweets appeared when using Twitter’s search facility. There’s also the “promoted trends” that you see at the top of the list and “promoted accounts” in a list of recommended people for you to follow.
So far, it doesn’t seem these advertising methods have affected a user’s Twitter experience.
Things might change a little.
The Financial Times is reporting that advertising on Twitter could start getting a little more in your face. Meaning promoted tweets would show up in your main Twitter stream. Twitter has already tested these ads with HootSuite.
In a recent blog post from Twitter, they said “We are always talking with marketers about ways they could potentially get more out of Twitter. Some of these discussed concepts may materialise; others will not.”
It’s always been talked about that as Twitter grows, it’s going to get more commercial. How do you feel about promoted tweets in your main Twitter stream?