Facebook thinks my self-esteem is for sale. WTF?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/08/06 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2012/08/06/10337049.aspx

So, the other day, I shared a picture on Facebook.

Nothing I haven't done before,

As usual, I was just sharing someone else's picture (I seldom create pictures myself).

Just passing the time.

Sometimes people ignore them.

Other times people "Like" or even "Share" them.

Every once in a while one might inspire a kiss from you-know-who.

Anyway, then something got my attention.

Looking at the posted picture, I was given a new option:

Shameless [paid] self-promotion

What the hell?!?

For the record, and to all my friends, I will never pay to announce any post. if you see it and like it then GREAT.

But my value system in its current form requires the approval of just one person. And she isn't for sale, with or without Facebook pimp proxy.

I hope Zuckerberg has less creepy ways for Facebook to make money post-IPO than the "buy more approval from your friends" technique.

Probably good that friends won't be told someone announced posts this way, I can't think of a better metric for unfriending....



John Cowan on 6 Aug 2012 10:04 AM:

The use of "friend" by Facebook tends to warp one's thinking.  You aren't the target audience for this feature: it's for people whose Facebook "friends" are in fact their customers, or people they hope will become customers.

parkrrrr on 7 Aug 2012 5:15 AM:

Surely you mean "friends wont be told someone announced posts this way FOR NOW." One day, once everyone has gotten used to using this "feature" with impunity, they'll flip a switch that tells all your friends you paid for their approval unless you turn off a checkbox buried 37 levels deep in their laughably named "privacy" settings. Naturally, the checkbox will be on by default.

sara mtg on 7 Aug 2012 5:13 PM:


Omi Azad on 11 Aug 2012 11:10 AM:

Zuckerberg needs money...

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