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The Greatest Blog Post Ever Sold

… but not really.

Courtesy of FireCritic.com

This blog doesn’t get nearly enough views for me to put advertisements up, but if I did, I would be getting paid just because you’re reading this. This is part of the reason Facebook makes money- not a lot, granted, but Facebook is currently worth a few billion dollars. ¬†For every page on which an ad is shown, the proprietor of a website will make a few cents. Given the number of ads on each page, and the number of viewers, this can add up fairly quickly.

So why don’t we use ads to pay for more? In a sense, we already do. Twitter shows ‘promoted’ feeds that pay for more views even though you might not subscribe to the sender. I once heard a great quote that went something like “If you do not pay for a product or service, you are the product being sold.” Essentially, this is true. Free services like most e-mail servers, website hosting (including, dear friends, my blog), social networking and other such web-based platforms are all fueled by advertisement revenue.

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Facebook’s Stock- Why did it fall apart?

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about Facebook’s stock and it’s dropping value. One possible explanation has to do with inconsistencies in ad space. Facebook makes money through ads on every page. These ads are tailored to the person using the page based on browser history and even subjects mentioned on the site itself. Most of the people who use Facebook, however, access their profiles on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets through Android or iOS applications. There are many third-party applications that can do this, but only one is sponsored by Facebook itself. Continue reading

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