Paying to Promote Your Facebook Status: Tempting or Turn Off?

News 2012/05/11 20:00:00
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Have you ever posted an obviously brilliant Facebook status and been disappointed when nobody "likes" it? Or maybe you desperately needed to find a roommate, but couldn't generate interest among your friends. That could be because, according to TechCrunch, your status updates only reach 12% of your Facebook friends. Sucks for you, but it could work out in Facebook's favor. The social network is now offering users the opportunity to "highlight" updates -- that is, get them out to more friends -- for a price.

A test group has been given the ability to promote status updates by clicking a "Highlight" link underneath the status they want to push, right next to the "Like" and "Comment" links. Clicking "Highlight" initiates a pricing and payment window that informs them how much it will be (something like $2) and asks how the user would like to pay. It's unclear exactly how much this feature highlights posts, but it apparently makes them visible to more people for a longer period of time, and pushes it higher up on their news feed. Facebook says it's just an experiment to "gauge people's interest in this method of sharing." So, we've got to ask: are you interested?

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  • lee 2012/05/11 20:54:05 (edited)
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    how broken does someone have to be to want this?

    gives the phrase "attention whore" a new spin...

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  • Chris Tate 2012/06/07 16:20:24
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    Chris Tate
    who likes facebook still
  • Tennessee3501 2012/05/26 21:22:41
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    I do not have a Facebook account!
  • jeremy kuhne 2012/05/22 00:05:31
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  • Dave 007 2012/05/20 11:42:05
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    Dave 007
    No F'ing way!!!!
  • Melissa Ann 2012/05/19 23:41:04
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    Melissa Ann
    That sounds so stupid!
  • beach bum 2012/05/19 03:42:05
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    beach bum
  • YumiHamano 2012/05/18 03:25:14
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    Can someone make something better than Facebook? This is sad and makes me feel bad for using Facebook.
  • cmah 2012/05/17 18:50:11
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    facebook blows anyway...
  • P. Sturm 2012/05/17 06:06:58
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    P. Sturm
    Alright!!! Not only can I invite burglars to rip me off, by telling them when I'm not home, for a mere $2.00 more I can maximize the number of burglars I reach!!!

    Technology is a beautiful thing when used properly like this.
  • dragonfliez 2012/05/16 23:02:48
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    If you're going to pay in money, why not just pay in time and CALL OR TEXT your "friends." ??!!
  • jayteah 2012/05/16 21:50:52
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    I could care less if people don't like it.
  • whimsycrat 2012/05/16 05:26:13 (edited)
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    I really don't care. Though ... there was about a week or so once, when I was posting stuff on Facebook that maybe wasn't brilliant, well, it wasn't brilliant at all really. I am under no illusion or delusion that anything I post on Facebook is brilliant, but I thought somebody should have liked something. I just felt invisible; no one "liked" anything. So, out of desperation I posted a bunch of pictures of soldiers and kittens; pictures from WWI, WWII, Vietnam, both Iraq wars, Afghanistan and said "O.K. folks, you people have to like soldiers and kittens! Who the hell doesn't like soldiers and kittens?" But still, no one "liked" any of those posts.

    But I'm way over it now. And I won't go to that place again. :-)
  • dragonf... whimsycrat 2012/05/16 23:07:44
    that is because either Facebook wasn't posting you on your friends' news feed, or it was due to settings of yours or your friends'. I have noticed that Fb only sends randomly to my news feed, and I get comments from friends on posts I would think would be their last choice to comment on, but it's the only thing of mine that the news feed sent them, and they wanted to comment/like me on *something*. and the more you post, the smaller % gets sent thru to your friends' news feed. So if you feel invisible, you should, because you were - so don't take it personally, you probably weren't just being ignored. how can we pay attention to what we don't see? they would have to take the time to specifically go on your page and check out all your posts. alternately, you could message them, or tag them in pictures or notes - according to their settings, they'll Always be tagged on that.
  • whimsycrat dragonf... 2012/05/17 08:58:19 (edited)
    Thanks for that information. I didn't know that that could happen. It really was kind of weird. As i said, I generally don't post anything that is so brilliant that I feel people have to be compelled to respond but, but usually I get a a like or a nibble of some sort, on at least some of my posts, at least one, on most of my posts, but there was that time, a week, maybe even ten days, that I felt like I was just entirely invisible.
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/16 04:33:47
    Turn off
  • TortoiseWrath 2012/05/16 00:02:18
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    ...People are stupid.
  • Groundskeeper Willy 2012/05/15 17:49:27
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    Groundskeeper Willy
    My kids are past High School, I will probably close FB since I now longer have a need to monitor my teens. Facebook has caused an increase in the diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  • Lady Yui 2012/05/15 15:58:47
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    Lady Yui
    Sounds like it will soon be time to "un-like" all of the pages that represent the Facebook presence of companies that I like...I'm not interested in having my news feed be nothing more than all of the "highlighted" advertisements of businesses instead of actual status updates and fun links which I get from my friends. Because that's who is going to use this "highlight" feature...business FB pages, not personal ones.
  • WilliamStrong 2012/05/15 13:29:13
    This isn't meant to be for every status everybody post. It is meant for promotion, which is something you have to pay for whether in money or labor. Just because it's offered doesnt mean you have to use it, but it is brilliant for businesses who need to promote their product to as many people as possible.
  • KingEli 2012/05/15 11:01:23
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    WTF is wrong with some people
  • Watermusicranger 2012/05/15 10:27:50
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    I'll say goodbye first.
  • Sally 2012/05/15 10:14:49 (edited)
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    90% of people use their status to gripe and complain. Heaven help us all if we have to be slapped in the face with it for days on end.
  • JackoClubs 2012/05/15 09:12:38
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    Generally speaking, It's stupid to pay for something that comes for free. And besides, unless you're a business venture of some kind, what can you possibly have to say that's worth paying to get it out there?
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/05/15 07:45:00
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    They should be paying the users instead with all the ADs that keep popping up on your page.
  • krishan chandra 2012/05/15 06:50:38
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    Old have excrescence.
  • Aksana 2012/05/15 06:11:29
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  • Brynn 2012/05/15 05:42:18
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    I could see in certain situations like if you had a band you wanted to promote. And the example of looking for a roommate was a good one too. But I could see a LOT of attention whores taking advantage of this and it might get annoying.

    I m so ugly
  • JimmyIIX 2012/05/15 03:25:48
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    as soon as I have to pay for it. I'm deleting it
  • TorchwoodTrinity 2012/05/15 03:15:07
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  • overseanancy 2012/05/15 01:32:10
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    SERIOUSLY??? People are that bothered by the attention they are getting from Facebook?
  • Insanebane 2012/05/15 01:04:41
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    That's when I will unplug from Facebook. Why fix something
    that isn't broken?
  • dasimon1 2012/05/15 00:55:36
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    Oy Vey!
  • niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20 2012/05/15 00:27:58
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  • tara 2012/05/15 00:24:39
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    Nope. If you need to pay to be liked, you ain't liked!
  • Greenbay 2012/05/15 00:15:48
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    Dnt use facebook
  • Nuzz 2012/05/14 23:17:49
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    It's not like I ever post statuses anyway. Really.
  • readmylips 2012/05/14 23:17:36
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  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/05/14 22:51:43
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    If I had to pay forget it and I already select who I want to see my updates and posts.
  • Claire Bird 2012/05/14 22:34:10
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    Claire Bird
    You're freaking kidding me
  • darlenedoskas1969 2012/05/14 21:39:09
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    no thanks... I'm not that lonely and pathetic

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