Has the world's biggest social network launched an ad campaign that's designed to mislead its users?
The short answer: yes.
This week Facebook followed through with its plans to allow advertisers to promote their products on users' news feeds. For better or worse, this was inevitable. Nothing is “free” forever, and while we have been paying for Facebook in the form of lost anonymity and a deluge of delusional promotions, the site is still technically free. So now the company is making us pay another fee in the form of news feed ads.
Thanks Twitter for inspiring this move. No, really – thank you! (Note to Twitter: I am being 100% sarcastic.)
Facebook has every right to bombard its site with as many advertisements as it likes. And we, in return, have every right to pack up and head to Google+. That isn't going to happen anytime soon, but if you push us hard enough, we might just be willing to endure Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) nonsense, get in the circle, and re-boot our social networking presence.