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Foxnews.com reports that Facebook wants you to advertise … to your
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, which lets businesses pay anywhere from a few dollars to a few
thousand to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Facebookers see your posts.
"As part of a test starting today, people in the U.S. can promote personal posts to
their friends on Facebook," explained Abhishek Doshi, a software engineer, on Facebook's website.
"When you promote a post -- whether it's wedding photos, a garage sale, or big
news -- you bump it higher in news feed so your friends and subscribers are
more likely to notice it."
Some tech experts expressed dismay at the idea, fearing an explosion of
unwanted content "pinned" to the top of your Facebook page. Others accused
Facebook of taking advantage of a situation that it created.
"[This is] a new low in the network's accelerating user experience
implosion," wrote Matt Silverman on Mashable. He argued that the
algorithm that determines which posts show up at the top of your page also
determines which posts rarely make it up there -- and the social networking
giant is now abusing the algorithm it created, something economists term
"Essentially, the network is ‘hiding' your updates from friends, and then
turning around to say, ‘Hey, if you want friends to see your updates, you could
"Facebook is rigging the game," he added.
Representatives of Facebook did not respond to FoxNews.com requests for more
information. But other experts said the "big change" was anything but new.
Social media sites have been putting your friends to work for years, explained
Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.
"The idea of companies deriving revenue by capitalizing on consumers
marketing to other friends is nothing new," Rubin told FoxNews.com. "There's
certainly some risk of members finding promoted posts annoying, but it merely
ups the ante for people to think more about how they share," he said.
Promoted Posts might be the company's best bet to change the trajectory of
its stock, said Yuill. The price of FB sank from an IPO high of $38 to as
little as $19; it was trading on Thursday for just under $22.
"This is a simple idea that's going to be wildly successful," he told
FoxNews.com. "Someone has to pay for the free stuff out there, and if the
advertisers aren't it's going to be users."
Facebook said initial testing for the service occurred in New Zealand.
Yuill, who is himself from Australia,
noted that the choice of venue was an interesting one.
is notoriously tight fisted. If you can get the Kiwis to pay for it, the rest
of the world will too!"
What you get for your money remains to be seen, however. Chris Dessi, a
social media expert and CEO of Silverback Social, said one recent experiment
with promoted posts was far from successful. Sure, it resulted in tremendous
traffic -- from Indonesia.
"Why would Facebook promote my post to people in Indonesia?," he wrote on Social Media Today.
"Looking at my demographics today I can see that Indonesia is in fact, the
second most popular country to have liked my page after the USA -- but did they
like the page organically or while I was paying Facebook for advertising to
grow my Facebook page likes?"
The other issue is cost. How much would you spend to promote a fun run or a
charity fund raiser? $7 may cross the line for some, Yuill noted.
"That's a lot of money to pay to tell your friends something."
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.more>>
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