Twitter's 'First View' ads put videos at the top of your feed

And they'll show up every time you open the website or app.
Matt Brian
M. Brian|02.09.16

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Matt Brian
February 9th, 2016
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For Twitter, a lot can happen in a week. After it was reported to be readying a change that would shift the placement of tweets, the company has pushed forward with a new feature that changes what you'll see in your feed. It's called "First View" and it allows brands to pay more to position a video ad at the top of every timeline.

Twitter markets the feature as an "engaging and highly visible way to share your brand story with compelling video creative across Twitter's massive audience." It operates in a similar way to Facebook's Suggested Videos or Suggested Posts, in that it will sit between legitimate content on or the official apps and will attempt to catch your eye every time you visit.

It's no surprise that the company calls the spot its "most valuable advertising real estate." When brands buy the placement, which sits between the first and third tweets, they'll own it for 24 hours and you won't be able to escape it (like you would a Promoted Tweet). Twitter says the feature is already rolling out to a number of selected partners in the US and will expand globally "in the coming months."

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