Secondary question: Is the first step towards paid Twitter accounts,
where free users have to receive ads and paid users do not? Straight
answers here would be appreciated.
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1) It sounds as if Twitter will share ad revenue with external apps.
2) It very well might be against (new) API TOS to use the API and
block ads (I would do that if I were them).
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I've been looking around for information on how the new "promoted
tweets" advertising feature will affect the API, and I've not really
found anything. I gather that it's a two phase approach starting with
search and then rolling out to timelines, but can anyone here
(a) whether API responses will include promoted tweets,
(b) whether these tweets will be identified as ads
(c) whether third parties are 'obligated' to present them to users
Do you know if those of us making small uses of the API (for example,
most of our site runs off of the API, but we aren't an application in
the sense that we perform actions on behalf of users via the API) have
to register at dev. to be able to avoid being automatically opted in
at some point?
Also, do you know how much agency we have in where promoted tweets
appear? (Is placement determined automatically by keywords in the
tweets, or are we allowed to pick? Likewise, are we penalized (as per
AdWords) for electing to appear for a search or keyword if an
algorithm can't see it's relevance, or will the up/down system be
entirely based on how users respond to what we've elected to promote?)