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In the social media world, a dark post is a targeted ad post that is oriented differently than a regular sponsored or promoted post.
The dark post does not appear in the feed of your business page, nor in the feed of your followers, unless you choose to target them. Dark posts are deployed differently based on new models used by social media platforms.
They offer a high degree of audience targeting, easy options for A/B (split) testing, and have the advantage of not cluttering the feed of your business or that of your followers with ads, something that can result in looking "spammy."
On Facebook, dark posts are referred to as unpublished posts and on Twitter they are called promoted-only tweets.
Dark posts can be slightly different based on the platforms on which they are offered. The basic idea is that the dark post is going to be presented as a sponsored ad that's targeted directly to a specific user, rather than a post that will be routinely placed on a public feed.
For Facebook, the normal post will be on your timeline or show up in the feed of various friends based on algorithmic selection. The dark post, on the other hand, will be targeted and presented as a sponsored ad. The process is similar but different on Instagram and LinkedIn. Dark posts are becoming part of the social media lexicon as new updates build new choices into the user’s toolbox.
The idea of the dark post emerged to offer choices that are different for the poster and the recipient, based on some more elaborate use of social media placement and algorithmic or manual feed selection.