Comments on: Ad strategy at root of Facebook privacy row http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Wupta http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-10142 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:11:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-10142 I don’t do either and don’t know if I’m missing something.

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By: Emily http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9760 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 19:43:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9760 To the first and second comments… there are no pizza ads in WoW. Unless you’re talking about the forums, which is just silly, because people choose to go there.

About Facebook, they’re being incredibly creepy with their privacy rules, but it’s not like other sites aren’t doing the same. Just look at Google… they store every single bit of information pertaining to your use of their products (i.e. what websites you visit, chat logs, emails, etc) I really think that people are overreacting. If you’re worried about it, just don’t post anything illegal. So yes, you probably should avoid posting that magnificent shot of you and your friends smoking weed.

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By: terry http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9750 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:18:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9750 the criticisms of the social-networking paradigm seem to be missing the point entirely.
Yes, there are millions of vapid drones with nothing better to do than troll around these places, but these are not the people within my MySpace & Facebook networks. Most of us are professionals or dedicated amateurs in one field or another, and have very little time to coordinate with other people and projects; FB & MS offer a truly unprecedented means of networking and coordinating projects literally around the world, with access to news and information from so many people (I also use Google Reader for the latest in the blogosphere related to my passions, but you still miss a lot if the bloggers are looking the other way that day).
By way of example, I’m a professional musician, divemaster/assistant dive instructor, and published underwater/shark photographer. FB & MS offer – for free!!! – a way to meet and coordinate with other people in these areas all over the world (e.g., who knew there were so many tech divers in Turkey???)

This is an amazing time in the human experience, and not only is it free for us, but actually generates a profit for the creators/managers – which as we all know by now is the only way anyone will continue to do something anymore…..

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By: Dave http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9488 Sat, 07 Mar 2009 23:38:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9488 Facebook are lame. I useded it for a little while, but then I “disabled” my account. Which means all I have to do is go back and log in and there’s all my stuff again. They don’t delete the page whens you tell them you don’t want it anymore. Which means they keep all my personal information, they jack all the “content” I created for my page like it effing belongs_to_them. And they don’t tell you that they’ll do this until you go to erase your account.
That is so wrong on so many levels. I hope Facebook fails miserably and all their servers get f-disked so my page will finally get deleted.

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By: peter marin http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9459 Sat, 07 Mar 2009 15:22:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9459 The applications in FaceBook are encoded ‘widgets’ to be ‘customized’ by user-preferences. The simplicity of drag-n-drop mentality makes for easy transference between users who wish to be noticed by others in their own social group. Perhaps the struggle for business revenues via advertising dollars (or yen, euro, etc) by FaceBook can be found in placing highly customizable ‘For Help’ resources instead of ‘For Sale’ intrusions. Help the users get the help they need at the time when they need it. Making it easier for users to help themselves find solutions is a better mousetrap. When User-A askes for help with Problem-1, then successfully meeting that need usually results in a positive testimony to everyone in the social group. Supportive Assistance Instead of Agressive Intrusions.

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By: Sandy http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9158 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 04:49:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9158 I got on MySpace about 4 or 5 years back, to keep in touch with family & friends living in different states. Not once have I clicked on a advertisement. I enjoy the format – I completly ignore the ads. I know where on the page they are & my eyes don’t even go there. So it matter not to me. I enjoy the connection and being able to personalize the page wallpaper… My husband is a musician, so he has a MySpace page as well. It’s a great networking place for our area musicians. We always know where the good gigs are. I even helped a non-tech musician set up a MySpace page – the venue interested in hiring him requested that he have a MySpace page – he got the gig! In the past 3 months, we have had several friends request we join FaceBook. Just today, I set up a page for hubby. YUCK! It’s not for me. No music??!! The wall is “too much inforamtion” for me. I don’t care what my friends 82 other friends have to say. I am only interested in MY friends. You can not personalize the format on FaceBook. It’s too sterile. I’ll keep the MySpace & keep ignoring the ads. And a thanks to those who do click on the ads, the service is free for me :)

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By: Spencer http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9105 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 01:25:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9105 300 million… for making a website that helps people network? I understand how valuable networking can be, but for what it is I think its already making a lot more than its really worth. They should be proud of where they are, not greedy and power hungry.

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By: Jason http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-9024 Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:15:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-9024 “While MySpace has been criticized for flooding its member pages with garish advertising…”

I guess I figured that Facebook had already joined them, since they bombard me with “$12,000 in grants!” scam ads every day.

Ever notice that the majority of Myspace and Facebook ads are for scams (mostly grants and diet scams)? Seems like the whole thing is a house of cards to me, when the advertisers aren’t legit companies that can survive long term.

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By: eric http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-8993 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:18:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-8993 Facebook has been trying to get into a market that no one have been able to achieve. Making massive amounts of money off people’s personal data. Due to the nature of personal privacy, all attempts prior have ended in failure.

At the end of the day, people don’t mind a nagging ad here and there. However, they are not willing to have their private information sold to others for profit. It’s just won’t work. The populous is not ready for that yet.

It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out, but as of right now, Facebook is on a slow death. They are a 900lb gorilla with only 30lbs of food to fuel it.

At some point, investors are going to give up on them (AKA. Google or MS merger?). Take the money and run. At the momment, they are willing to give Facebook the benefit of the doubt because there’s potentially alot of money being made.
Make no mistake, Facebook is not going away, nor will it fail. They are too popular to fail now.

My assessment would be that it will be bought out, and the controlling company will leverage off Facebook’s user base. Social Networking alone will not be enough justification to make profit, but rather it will fit well into a bigger overall business model. As of right now, Facebook just doesn’t have the expertise or the right folks to take it to the next level.

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By: AE http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/24/ad-strategy-at-root-of-facebook-privacy-row/#comment-8905 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:50:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2200#comment-8905 My experiment with Facebook lasted all of a month. Rather than realizing any value in “social networking,” I was flooded by the dreaded “apps” from friends of friends. These inane time-wasters had nothing but downsides as far as I could see, chiefly: A. Using an app required one to open one’s information to an anonymous app writer elsewhere in the world; and B. Declining an app could be seen as a social snub.
As for maintaining a “wall” or Tweetering people my moment-to-moment activities, why in the world would I want to open my personal life to online dispersal? And even if I had an ego the size of Mars, why would anyone care?

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