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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work