Twitter, Facebook battle for TV show ad dollars

Two of the world`s biggest social networking giants, Twitter and Facebook are reportedly competing against each other for TV show ad dollars.

Washington: Two of the world`s biggest social networking giants, Twitter and Facebook are reportedly competing against each other for TV show ad dollars.

Despite Facebook`s user base being bigger than Twitter, it is speculated that the 140-character site will outshine Zuckerberg`s child in the competition for television ads.

According to media analysts and ad executives, Facebook generates many times the TV chatter at Twitter for example, CBS`s `NCIS` has 17.8 million fans on Facebook, but only 535,000 followers on Twitter, as per the data given by ListenFirst Media.

However, Twitter is relying on the youth-obsessed advertisers who are confronting a rapidly aging TV audience to be receptive to the notion that hashtags can equal higher ratings.

The report said that Facebook is testing a system that will allow developers to view public posts and search for mentions to figure out what a particular target audience is buzzing about.

Facebook is also working on a new metric that aims to correlate online chatter and TV viewing, the report added.

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