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Facebook adding ads to its Ticker feed

Discussion:  Is Facebook free?  Not any more.  Now that Facebook has built up a strong and loyal following, it is ready to start making money by selling space on its page and ticker to advertisers who have been patiently waiting for the chance to get their ads in front of the millions who check their Facebook pages every day.  The plan is to intermingle ads with your friends’ updates in the hopes that users will undoubtedly see the well-placed advertisments.  By selling this space to advertisers, Facebook will greatly increase their revenue stream going forward.

Date:  November 21, 2011

Source:  CNN News

Link:  http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-21/tech/tech_social-media_facebook-ads-ticker_1_facebook-spokeswoman-andrew-noyes-ads?_s=PM:TECH 

Discussion Questions:

  • Does the fact that Facebook is adding adds change your opinion about the website?
  • Why would Facebook choose to add advertisements to its wildly popular website when this change might, in fact, turn users away?

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