Advertisements are a necessary evil to keep a website up and running, on my site alone I have 5 different advertisement placements, this covers for up-keep of the site and hosting prices. But there is a thing as to many ads; I personally hate websites that have in-link ads. Sites that have an advertisement everywhere you put your cursor on, and sites that have pop-up advertisements that you have to slash through before you get to the actual content.
Facebook is no different than every site on the web, their advertisements are found on the side bar and on the commenting area, but starting in 2012 Facbook is going to start showing ads in a very intrusive area of the page – The news feed. From a business point, this is a great move for Facebook, someone is going to see the advertisement, but from a user’s point of view, this is going to get annoying fast – the image at the bottom is an example of how this new advertisement is going to look.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is only going to show one advertisement per day, which is tolerable. You can close it if you like, but there won’t be any opting out. So the next day, a new ad will appear on your feed.
There really is no reason to get angry over this because one more ad per day is not going to be that big of a deal, plus when you like a brand and that brand makes a status update you pretty much get an advertisement anyway, and lastly, if you want Facebook to continue on being free this is what we have to put up with. Here is something else too, if you don’t like it, you can always stop using Facebook, but how long will THAT last?
Come to think about it… it looks like those images that everyone on my news feed is posting left and right.