Facebook Sells Its Soul To The Highest Bidder

Mark Zukerberg and his compadres at Facebook have sold their collective souls to line their pockets even further prior to FB’s huge IPO (Initial Public Offering).

Not all Facebook users have been switched to the new Timeline format, which was previously announced by Zukerberg would be done on January 31, 2012. Perhaps the company is rolling out the new look alphabetically or by region or zone.

Many people on FB are unhappy with the new “look” and method of interaction, according to various surveys that have been conducted.

One reason for the change may have been that the Timeline looks good on iPhones and smartphones, as opposed to the not so nice appearance on a PC or laptop. Afterall, a large number of people access the social network via their phones.

Perhaps the reason is now more evident.

Perhaps it was a way for Mark and Co. to place a large number of ads IN YOUR FACE!!!

There are atrocious looking ads directly under a user’s “Cover Photo.” They are also placed in their “Timeline” (big box ads as large as the photos a person posts), and on the user’s “About” page.

The worst part is that they are cheesy “you have won” or “I need a date” and “singles” ads. Following are actual samples.

Notice the selected in (user’s city) “personalized” approach
Timeline Box Ad
A few even look like something FB would post (with a small disclaimer)
Timeline Box Ad
And, of course, none of these are Your FB Friends…

It may have been that many of these ads existed prior to the change to Timeline. If so, this blogger never noticed them.

Not any more. The ads are very invasive. They are very ugly. They speak to the highest form of corporate greed that exists.

Hopefully enough Facebookers will protest loudy to Zuckerberg. Perhaps he will listen, perhaps not.

It also begs the question…does Mark’s personal FB page sport these ads? Afterall, he could program them to not appear.

After reading his rather lengthy letter contained in the FB IPO and now seeing the types of ads that are popping up on a user’s Timeline and elsewhere, it just might be that he was not at all sincere, that some communications art grad wrote the PR copy to make it appear that he is not about the money.

The ads (placement of, types of) definitely prove otherwise.

Over For Now.

Main Street One 

Update: About two hours after the ads appeared…poof…they were gone. Might have been a glitch with FB programming allowing them to surface, or possibly an employee pushed the button too soon, or maybe there were too many complaints. Hopefully they will not appear again, but that may be asking too much.