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Why Facebook is never charging money for its services

facebookBekijk in het NederlandsYou see it almost daily on Facebook. The question whether or not you will ever have to pay for Facebook. The answer to this question is simple: no. Why not? Because we are not Facebook’s customers, we are its trade goods.

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Everyone knows Facebook. It has become the biggest social network on this planet. Millions of users across the world stay in touch through Facebook and share all the ins and outs of their daily life happily with all their contacts. Facebook has become THE medium to keep your social life going and to expand it easily. But what if all this would become a paid service? That question is asked almost daily on Facebook itself, and if it not a question then it is a poll to ask whether or not you will still use Facebook after they charge money for its use. The fear of that ever happening is totally without foundation simply because we are not Facebook’s customers, we are its trade goods.

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Like us on FacebookHundreds of millions of users visit Facebook every day. What would happen to all those people once Facebook becomes a paid service? They would easily switch to a free alternative like Google+. This is something Facebook wants to prevent at all costs. Why? Because Facebook earns its money through those little advertisements you see throughout its web pages, and ads tend to generate more money when they are viewed by more people. Once Facebook would charge money for its service a huge amount of people would stop coming to its website, thus stop seeing those advertisements. The amounts of money Facebook would generate through advertisement would plummet and would not even be compensatable by the revenue they could create with the income for its paid services.

Does Facebook sell user data?

facebook chargeAnd there it is again. The shadowy rumor. Although there is no hard evidence it is brought to light again and again that Facebook isn’t very concerned about its user’s privacy. We also know that Facebook stores everything you ever did in and around Facebook. They know which songs you have listened to on Spotify, how much money you spend monthly on Facebook games and they know what websites you tend to visit. This information alone is worth an incredible amount of money and advertisement agencies are extremely eager to pay for that information. This kind of information mining would become a lot less efficient if suddenly millions of people leave Facebook because it has become a paid service. As I have said before, there is no actual proof that this is happening, but it is something you may want to consider.

Whatever you believe, Facebook would crumble if they would charge money for its services. Therefore it is ridiculous to even think they would ever take that step if you thought about it for a second or two. This also means that those endless streams of Facebook posts about whether or not this will ever happen may stop, because the answer is clear.

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Privacy – Facebook tracks user even when logged out

facebookBekijk in het NederlandsOnce again Facebook is taking hits in the privacy section. During the past few days it has introduced several new features, but with those it has added several new privacy neglecting features as well. Do you really want Facebook to be able to track your behavior even once you have logged out?

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In the updates that have been made to the Facebook network the past few days a new hidden feature was added as well, logged out tracking. This means that Facebook is able to track what you are doing on the net even after you have logged out from Facebook’s service. This is done by adding cookies to your browser that keep working after you left Facebook.com. These cookies are able to track any page you visit with a ‘like’ button or any other Facebook application, like a widget.

Facebook’s official fix to this situation is to log out of its services, but as the finder of this new ‘feature’, hacker Nik Cubrilovic, proved, this does not work. The only absolute fix for this problem is manually removing the cookies used by Facebook from your browser.

Way to go Facebook! You managed to get in the news once again, but sadly it is not due to a positive reaction to the changes. It is because you are crossing the privacy line of your clients once again. I personally do not really care, but if you are trying to keep your online privacy, although this is hardly possible, be on the lookout for even sites that you think you can trust.

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Facebook adds new features

facebookBekijk in het NederlandsFacebook, one of the most popular social media platforms, is getting new and updated features. What to think of the twitter-like subscription button or the Google+ circles-like smartlist function? This post will cover the basics of the updates.

Subscriptions

The first addition to Facebook is the subscribe button. With this button you will be able to follow people more easily in a twitter-like style without the need to be Facebook friends. You will also be able to set the priority of the messages that person posts, thus enabling you to filter out the less important spam that some people you hardly know tend to throw on Facebook in large numbers. Switch between showing all updates of a person, to most updates or important updates only.

In addition you will be able to filter out certain posts, like the updates from Facebook games per person. This enables you to filter out messages from your brothers mafia games, but you will still be able to see your sisters Farmville invites etc. This also applies to Playstation network trophy updates etc. A nifty feature besides the fact that it somewhat based on the functionality on twitter it may also be a bit too much work for the regular Facebook user.

Smart lists

Another new feature is the smart lists feature. While lists are not new to Facebook, they have greatly improved with this new addition. Smart lists are automatically generated by account information. People will be added to lists on basis of where they live, what school they went to, or work related topics. In addition you get to see posts and photos of your best friends in a single list for your convenience. The suggest function for your various lists has been improved as well, making it easier to create your custom lists.

The good thing about lists is that not only you will be able to see the updates of people in your list in a single convenient place, but also that whenever you post something you get to choose with which list you want to share this information. This enables you share some embarrassing pictures with only your friends without having to worry that your co-workers get to see them.

The new lists are a great improvement compared to the old lists, and because it is made easier to create your lists it will probably be used more. This all does sound a lot like Google+’s circle option, but it is a welcome feature to Facebook.