Twitter trials new ecommerce features for tweets

Tuesday 9 March 2021 12:04 CET | News

Twitter has confirmed it’s testing a new way to display tweets that link out to ecommerce product pages – like products on a Shopify store.

According to TechCrunch, with a new Twitter card format, the company is experimenting with tweets that include a big 'Shop' button and integrate product details directly into the tweet itself, including the product name, shop name, and product pricing. While these tweets would work well as ads, Twitter confirmed to us the tweet is an example of a new treatment for 'organic' tweets focused on ecommerce.

Furthermore, the new format might come into play as part of Twitter’s larger push to become a creator platform, with its recently announced plans for a 'Super Follow' subscription. The new product will allow Twitter users to follow a particular account for subscriber-only perks like newsletters, exclusive content, a supporter badge, and other deals and discounts. Therefore, a more 'shoppable' tweet format might allow these creators to direct their fans to products and merchandise.

Overall, the idea that Twitter could become more of a discovery network for ecommerce products is an interesting one, especially given the growth in the social commerce sector in recent months. This includes increased investment from Facebook into shopping features across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as the growing attention being paid to video-based shopping, TechCrunch stated.

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