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,
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.
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.
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.
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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