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Facebook to charge users to
‘promote’ posts to friends

Fox News, by Jeremy A. Kaplan

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/5/2012 5:54:29 AM

Facebook wants you to advertise … to your friends. The world’s largest social network, which announced Thursday that it has crossed the billion-user mark, has struggled to make money from its enormous pool of users. The solution: Turning individual users into advertisers. “I thought it was a joke at first, to be honest,” explained Cameron Yuill, founder of digital media technology company AdGent. “Now they’re going to charge me $7 to tell my friends something?” Facebook announced Wednesday that Joe Sixpack will soon be able to ensure that you're reading his messages, thanks to an expansion of the Promoted Posts program,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mazeman, 10/5/2012 6:40:38 AM     (No. 8911183)

Whenever Facebook tries to "improve" its site, it gets creepier, harder to navigate, and less trustworthy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thelmalou, 10/5/2012 7:23:49 AM     (No. 8911234)

Seriously, #2. Every move they make is creepier than the last.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pepperblue, 10/5/2012 7:27:32 AM     (No. 8911242)

Never use Facebook -- my $7 is safe

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fireman28, 10/5/2012 7:37:53 AM     (No. 8911272)

Our church friends use FB a lot.

We have noticed little ads popping up for stores more and more.

Also there is news out that if you use the private messages they are now visible to any and all unless you erase them.

Yes, every FB improvement makes you a target.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: skedaddle, 10/5/2012 7:52:08 AM     (No. 8911295)

The teens in my area are already moving beyond Facebook - they use Twitter for more and more communication or just text. They don't like the drama on Facebook and the constant worry about privacy settings. I foresee Facebook going the way of Myspace.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gaeditor, 10/5/2012 9:27:37 AM     (No. 8911527)

You can't take a behemoth like FB and make such changes. They were not designed as a commercial enterprise and changing it now is a brand-buster at the very least.

They were begun as one thing and are changing their core identity. Nah.

Every generation wants their own thing. The FB generation has moved on to young families in slick hybrids. They aren't in class, posting to each other any more.

The next gen wants their own version. Human nature.

Also, for years FB has been "free". Lots of small businesses use it becasue of that. Charge that and ...buhbye! Someone else will create something better.

I have to use it for our business, but I'd rather not...which means I have my own personal page for admin (never have promoted it, don't tell people I'm "on FB" but have like 400 'friends'...what does that mean???)

Hubby says FB is just the latest Beanie Babies. They are losing their place in the market and they are tryuing to make themselves relevant again.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kOok, 10/5/2012 10:35:24 AM     (No. 8911729)

I was and will be fine before and after MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. My $7 will go to my church.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/5/2012 10:48:20 AM     (No. 8911769)

Everything #5 warns about FB is true, except the bit about private messages becoming public. What became more visible with the Timeline was any post a friend may have made to one's Wall. And unfortunately looking back everybody always has at least one misguided friend who has never understood the difference between messages and the Wall. So there is usually something cringe-inducing - but it was never a private message.

I'm not saying they may not "out" messages in the future. I put nothing past them. I too use them for my music promotion but I am hyper vigilant.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StephaniePlum, 10/5/2012 11:31:18 AM     (No. 8911921)

Can anyone tell me how to permanently delete my Facebook page and be rid of it forever. I've clicked through every single layer looking for a way to accomplish this but no luck.
/SP/

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Grumpy Yee, 10/5/2012 3:38:16 PM     (No. 8912590)

When this happens, I'll spend $0.95 more and get my own website and then have my friends log on for free to keep in touch.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 10/5/2012 3:57:28 PM     (No. 8912629)

Me, too, #10, I have told people over and over that I will not even look at that thing or reply to it. I did find that if I put it in trash and removed that permanently, I am rid of that particular one.

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