Those of you who have been following this blog know how much I love a bargain and how I especially love getting something for FREE! Woo hoo! You may wonder why, then, as a published writer, I don’t have a Facebook Fan Page as part of my all important social platform? Well, while I love a free walking tour, or winning a book or getting into an event for free if I blog about it (see Mover Over Gill Grissom… post), I hate exploitation – especially when it’s me who’s being exploited! This is why I’ve never been totally happy using my regular FB page. The way my activity on Facebook and Pinterest (my latest discovery, and I Iike it!) Twitter, Trip Advisor, Amazon, and who knows where else, is monitored, smacks too much of Big Brother (as in George Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984 and not the C4 thing) and makes me uncomfortable.
And now I’ve just read on Kirsten Lamb’s excellent blog that FB have started charging for Facebook Fan Page users to send a message to people who are already their fans. Wow! That seems so unfair.
“Facebook is being called the dot.com bubble 2.0 and now it’s busting…BIG TIME. FB needs to make money in a bad way, and, sorry fan page owners, you are the cash cow. Facebook knows that you’ve put a lot into those fan pages and they are hoping that, by holding your numbers hostage, they can squeeze out some moooooo-lah.”
Kirtsten fully explains all on her blog, and much better than I could. It’s worth a read, as are the comments! (You can get around paying FB, it involves spending a lot of time and a lot of effort being very active on Facebook.) If I’d had a Fan Page, and if I’d spent hours and hours of my own time developing and building up a fan base, I’d be pretty cheesed off with the Facebook people right now. They’ve switched the goal posts. Can they really be trusted?
“Facebook was a way that we, the little guy, had to level the playing field. We didn’t need a big ad budget like Target or Slim Jim. We could just invest good old-fashioned sweat equity and run with the big boys.”
So, will I create a Facebook Fan Page? I think not, not at the moment anyway. But what do you think? Am I being paranoid? If you use facebook, how do you feel about the recent changes? Is this the beginning of the end? What if FB started charging for regular activity (ie: not Fan Page related), like posting a comment on a friend’s wall or clicking a like or an unlike button, would you stay with them?
Is it a thumbs up or a thumbs down for Facebook?
It’d be great to hear from you!