Facebook may stop being a site ...
And only be available via their app. Their app. Their rules ...
The developers of the banner-busting Adblock Plus (ABP) browser plugin say they will continue efforts to shield Facebook users from the social network's sponsored content. ABP head of communications Ben Williams said that while Facebook can currently serve the ads to users running the plugin, developers are working to re-block …
but how exactly would FB be journalism? (I know that it's an eternal twisting of words the way one wants to see them, being just a platform for UGC – or even better, an internet provider – for purposes of copyright screening, or maybe not when it comes to LEO tapping interfaces, or being press if it helps claim First Amendment rights, but not when it comes to liability and due diligence, or being a broadcaster but not if that means needing a license… you get the picture.)
Basically FB want to say to journalists/new-sites "N% of intent users come to FB and don't look at anything else so if you want anyone to read want you produce then here are our terms ... please sign on the bottom line and we'll pick up all the incone"
And then all we need is for them to remove all the 'Like" beacons and other such trackers, oh and Googly based Capcha, and all will be well with world :-)
I don't really care whether FB users see ads or not. It's a choice if they want to access a 'free' service.
Yes I regrettably still have an account - I have a couple of old friends living far away who won't communicate any other way. I rarely use it, but accept if I do I'll probably get splattered with irrelevant crap. Such is life, and is my choice (as a result I rarely use it)
What's most annoying is their ability to track both users and NON users who visit other sites that are none of FBs goddamn business and link all that together. That should be stopped in its tracks.
Until they do my shields stay up.
I've never had a FB account and if asked I reply that its because I'm not a teenage girl
Shirely facebook is for teenage girls' mums or perhaps grandparents these days? People under thirty only have accounts for their parents/grandparents to follow a sanitised version of their online personas. DKUPATB
"An ad is something different, because its intention is not to inform, but to market. For the consumer, knowing the difference is crucial."
A lot lobbyist, think-tank and CIA-sponsored "content" in the NYT and WaPo is suddenly menaced! This cannot stand!
Ad Block overlay on the top of each Facebook post with a button to say 'this is sponsored or advertising'. The first few hundred click it, report back to ad block then overlay on top a nice white rectangle 'Ad Blocked'.
I don't use FB and my coding skills are not amazjng it but it may work if some clever people get on it :)
The ads will be unique to each visit and the page dynamically constructed each time it's rendered. This creates a Whack-A-Mole situation, so this approach won't work. Plus, as noted, FB can make the ad indicators harder for robots to spot such as by making the ad tag an image file.
Re going to a crawl, perhaps this will be a factor in the demise of excessive advertising, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37100091 for the issues concerning retailers websites and loading speeds. In addition there appears to be a movement away from social media, especially by parents concerned at the negative aspects of these sites, and the potential harm to their children.
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What I am surprised about is the fact that no one has mentioned the long held belief that Facebook need to man up and offer a paid for service that allows no adverts to be placed anywhere on the page, allows unrestricted access to all their services and options. Meanwhile the free Facebook places an advert after every other post, allows a maximum of 100 connections (including liked pages, people followed, friends etc).
Why does everything have to be free on the internet anyway?
(Downvote away folks! Happy Friday you grumpy sods!)
I totally agree. I never understood this whole ad supported business model. Who actually clicks on these ads or "sponsored articles"? I surely never do. In my view, the ad supported business model is not sustainable, people will grow tired of the clickbait "sponsored posts".
The correct, long term sustainable business model is to have free basic, ad supported service, and a paid-for, ad free premium service. With FB's massive user base, the premium subscription price could be in the single or low double digits per year. The premium subscriptions would provide a steady, predictable revenue stream.
it's a problems of their own making.
From the front page of Facebook:
"It's free and always will be"
That is just incorrect. It is paid for by allowing adverts into your feed. you may not pay cash to them, but you are still trading something of value to them (time on your screen) for something of value to you (the content of a facebook feed).
If you must use Facebook, then the browser extension F.B. Purity does a very good job of turning it into a more tolerable experience. In addition to blocking ads, suggested posts and sponsored posts (which is still working perfectly as of right now), it has numerous other useful features that help to filter out crap from your News Feed and enhance and/or simplify the Facebook user interface. It also offers additional functionality like friend tracking, so you can get a notification when someone unfriends you.
Another similar option is Social Fixer, but it's been somewhat gimped after they gave in to legal threats from Facebook a while ago and removed some of the features. I haven't used this one for a while, but it might still be useful.
"If you must use Facebook, then the browser extension F.B. Purity does a very good job of turning it into a more tolerable experience. In addition to blocking ads, suggested posts and sponsored posts (which is still working perfectly as of right now)..."
With no false positives, either? I wonder how much longer this is going to last as FB keeps trying to make its ads harder to block.