June 11, 2012

FaceBook WTF.

First off, this is a lie.



It turned up on The Huz's Facebook sidebar - I never liked Vivint on Facebook and I NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IT. I also refuse to Google it just on principle.

Then, this turned up on my Facebook artist page:



I get that Facebook is a business, but this makes me feel uncomfortable. I dunno, it's kinda like they could adjust their algorithm to make me suddenly unseeable to those who used to see me. I feel powerless, voiceless, impotent, invisible. Like I don't exist...unless I pay.

Dark words play at the corners of my mind. Words like "extortion", "profiteering" and "got me by the short n' curlies". Okay, the first two might be harsh, but the last one is spot on.

Anyone else seen this? Anyone tried paying actual money? And was it worth it?


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    1. Yeah, we had high hopes for that one...

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    2. Have you been back since the Beta version?

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    3. the only problem is that everyone is somewhere else!

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  2. I know a few who have tried promoting, they say it just isn't worth it....and you're absolutely on the mark with the dark words :-/

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  3. I deactivated FB almost 2 months ago for my personal page. I still do it for my employer. I'm surprised at how much, after 5 years of being a multiple times per day user, I don't even miss it...

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    1. Wow...I'm impressed. I might not miss FB so much. But I would def miss Twitter.

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  4. I have customers that have paid and customers that refuse to pay, honestly it's proven to be utterly useless. why? because NO ONE clicks on the crap ads, and NO ONE believes or even cares if anyone they know "likes" a product or an ad. such as your first example, we all assume it's a lie, misclick or actually that we barely care. because at one time facebook was reliable and fun and you could keep up with what people you cared about said and did, but it continues to morph so that you have to dig and sort and plow and work, so don't waste your time worrying about ads and never waste your money on them.

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    1. What you just wrote? ALL TRUE. No one I know clicks, they're all tuned out! We're expert at tuning out ads. You watch something on youtube and the ad comes up on the bottom and you just click it out of the way, you don't even see it. The only ads that really work are ones that make us feel something.

      Just one of the reasons why I love my Peach.

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  5. I feel bad for those little companies that will most likely be stomped out by those bigger people willing to pay. I feel like I'm seeing people I recognize in that ad bar in ads for obscure things not even that they liked it - but they are part of it. Facebook is just getting more and more weird, I think G+ has a fighting chance if it keeps up.

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  6. Facebook is increasingly annoying (I'm told) in the way it basically picks & chooses what you see on your own timeline. I started using Social Fixer a while back and I get everything now. https://www.facebook.com/Socialfixer

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    1. For those who just like to click, here's the Social Fixer link.

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    2. Thank you. I was running on low brain function-ability.

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  7. I tried ads once and they kept doing increasing less. my budget was doubling every month because if I didn't it ran out faster. Not worth it at all.

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    1. That sound weirdly like a drug habit spiraling out of control.

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  8. That fake "like" has been around for a while. An environmentalist acquaintance of mine on FB and Twitter was promoted on Facebook as having liked a major oil company then receiving massive publicity for a major spill in the south Atlantic. I screencapped it for her; she was livid, but there wasn't anything really she could do. Apparently they just shuffle names like cards and tell your friends that you like something you may never have even heard of.

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    1. That is completely outrageous. Actually I just found in my account settings under Facebook Adverts it says "If we allow this in the future, show my information to (select 'only my friends' or 'no one')".

      Looks like the "future" is now.

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  9. your blog is great :)
    I love it!!

    http://bubblemylicorice.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank-you. Though the comment seems a tad incongruous with the actual blogpost, lol.

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  10. I am familiar with this and yes BRIEFLY paid. It wasn't worth it. I did the least expensive way possible (something like a $5 a month budget, I am not kidding)...I know of some other cat bloggers who pay and who swear by it........go figure!

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    1. Interesting. They swear by it because they're getting lots of blog views via Facebook?

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  11. To me, ads are one thing, and I understand the need for them. But this isn't ads. It's making you pay to have access to the people YOU have brought to your page. Know what I mean? Frustrating. If they click 'Like', they should get my content. Period.

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    1. I agree with you! That is a great point.

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    2. To my mind, this is why FB is jumping the shark. If people have said they WANT to see something, requiring payment completely negates the whole reason people are on Facebook. Ads are one of those things that we all just have to accept, but requiring payment so people can see what they want to see? Makes no sense.

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  12. The big internet shepherds like Google & Facebook are herding us to the places where they can make money. Guess it wasn't a free lunch after all.

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    1. It was never a free lunch though. We supply the fat cats with plenty of data (which they don't hesitate to sell), and content for their 'shelves'.

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  13. Last year, I spent some time working FB ads for my company's page and it was a big waste of money. I just don't see the point, since half of all FB users NEVER CLICK ON ADS.

    I see this newest stuff as a play to actually start making money, since now that FB is a publicly traded company, they have to start showing the public their revenue and profits. I wouldn't invest in FB ever, because I don't think it's a sound business proposition.

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    1. "half of all FB users NEVER CLICK ON ADS"
      ...as little as that?

      Yes someone else (on Twitter) made the point about FB's public status. That does seem to click.

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  14. Better start investing in Facebook ads or who will they sell your info to?

    Guess that just leaves the government...

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  15. If you just wait a bit, pretty soon, they'll come along and..."make you an offer you can't refuse." (Sorry, rereading the Corleone family saga). Do you think there is such a thing as social media gangsters? Pay up or we'll break your page. Ha ha.

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