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Twitter Testing Self-Serve Ads for Launch This Year [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Twitter says MediaPost got this wrong, and that it has yet to test a self-serve platform. I’ve asked MediaPost for comment.

Earlier:

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Twitter wants to replicate Google’s and Facebook’s advertising success, and in order to do that it will have to have a self-service ad platform, just like the big guys. It’s now testing out the service, which it wants to launch later this year, and MediaPost has a lengthy preview. Takeaways: The platform is designed to sell Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts; buyers can use both search keywords and users’ interests to target the ads.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik