Will Tweets be monetized soon?
Twitter has revamped its Business Center, providing a wealth of tips and advice on how to grow your presence on Twitter, integrate its API into your website and use the various available widgets and resources.
The most interesting part of the new Business Center is definitely the advertising section, which is now open to everyone and includes a form that lets businesses express their interest in Promoted Tweets, Trends or Products…
The form lets you set an estimated monthly budget ranging from less than $10,000 to as high as $100,000+. Forget about buying cheap, Adwords-like campaigns: this thing is obviously aimed at businesses or (optionally) non-profit organizations.
Unfortunately, Twitter’s new advertising center still isn’t a turn-key solution for buying ads on Twitter. Since promoted tweets and trends are still in beta and available to a small number of advertisers, the new form doesn’t let you actually buy these products, it merely puts you on Twitter’s radar as an interested party.
The fact that the form, once completed, only yields a “page not found” error further proves that Twitter is just testing the waters with this feature.
However, it’s not too hard to guess in which direction Twitter is heading. The future in which business (and maybe even individuals) will be able to easily purchase Promoted Tweets or Trends on Twitter – just like purchasing Facebook or Google Adwords ads – seems just around the corner.