Facebook to Bring Ads to News Feed, Just Like Twitter's Promoted Tweets

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

Not long after Twitter decided to put promoted tweets in non-followers' streams, Facebook has now determined it's a tactic worth copying. Probably realizing absolutely no one clicks or even sees the ads on the far right of its interface, Facebook is rolling out in January "Sponsored Stories," which will appear in your news feed like a friend's status update.

According to a spokesperson, "you will only see Sponsored Stories in your news feed about your friends or people you are connected to." And according to Facebook, only one such ad should appear in somebody's news feed per day.

The social network hasn't pegged any pricing for these news feed ads. They will mark the company's first foray into mobile advertising.

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Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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