Twitter to Target You with Location-Based Ads
It’s 10PM. Do you know where your kids are? Twitter does, and starting later this year, the social network will begin targeting them – and you – with advertisements based on your specific geographical location.
The concept is known as geo-fencing. Advertisers essentially draw an area on a virtual map to send tweets only to those Twitter users who wander inside the boundaries. Starbucks, for example, could have its ads appear on your Twitter feed if the app detects that you’re within 2,000 feet of a retail location. A local restaurant or department store could pay to have a special discount promoted on your feed, or simply have you alerted to its location.
You can be forgiven if you, as a Twitter user, are put off by the idea. But many major corporations are excited about the concept. Bridget Dolan, vice president of popular mall retailer Sephora, notes that…
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