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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

April 13, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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Starbucks among first to buy ads on Twitter, NYT reports

Posted by Melissa Allison

Starbucks, Virgin America and Best Buy are among the first to buy ads on Twitter, The New York Times reports. Twitter is calling the ads Promoted Tweets.

"When a Twitter user searches for a word an advertiser bought, the promoted message will show up at the top of the results, even if it was written much earlier," the New York Times story says. "The ads will also be a way for companies to enter the conversation when it turns negative."

After years of running little advertising, Starbucks has recently begun buying billboards, full-page ads in newspapers and magazines -- and is putting more resources into Facebook, Twitter and other online marketing efforts.

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