Twitter has a team of curators working to bring you the best, most relevant tweets of the day as part of its new feature, Moments. The new tab rolled out two weeks ago as an ad-free experience, but that bliss was short-lived—now brands can be curators, too, with the test launch of Promoted Moments.
Unlike Promoted Tweets, app install prompts, and other forms of advertising on Twitter, Promoted Moments won’t clog up your timeline with content you don’t want to see. Advertisers will have a dedicated channel for 24 hours within the Moments tab, where they can curate tweets, photos, videos, Vines, and news articles related to whatever they want to promote.
The first Promoted Moment is a campaign blitz for the new movie Creed and appeared yesterday. There will only be one Promoted Moment per day, Bloomberg reported, so you won’t have to wade through a ton of ads to see the Moments you want to see. And you’ll know a Promoted Moment when you see it—it will be marked with a badge.
Why this matters: Promoted Moments could be big business for Twitter—they include a variety of formats, including video, bundled in one channel, which advertisers must love. If brands bring their highest-quality content to Promoted Moments, and if Twitter nails the mix of advertising that you’ll see, the platform might achieve Instagram-level ad quality—ads that you actually don’t mind seeing. (Although Instagrammers are now complaining that ad quality is now dwindling, so networks must constantly strive to find the right balance.)
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