There is currently a Facebook group with over 3.8 million members circulating the message “We Will Not Pay To Use Facebook. We Are Gone If This Happens.” Come on… are these people really serious? Is Facebook a non-profit or a business? I understand that most of them are saying they prefer advertising-supported over fee-based. But is it really that ludicrous to consider paying for something of value?
I remember back in college when one of my buddies would host a party at his apartment. When you showed up at the party, you were asked to pitch in a few bucks for the keg, or even “buy” a plastic cup to consume your fill of lukewarm Budweiser and nacho cheese Doritos. If people refused to pitch in, my buddy would have stopped hosting parties.
Think of Facebook as a big online kegger. If you’re having a good time you should not feel bad about pitching in. I’m finding old friends, networking for business and getting a good laugh almost every day in Facebook. If you value the experience, it’s worth something isn’t it? Complaining about a company trying to make money is like fast forwarding through all the commercials with your Tivo and then whining about obvious product placements in your favorite shows!
The economy hums along based on money traded for value received. If you don’t want to pay a cover charge for Facebook, I suggest you get busy clicking on those contextual ads for Six Pack Abs in the right sidebar.
If you were the Facebook CEO, how would you try to make a profit? More advertising? Premium services? Storage fees? If all else fails, just leave the company and startup the next free bandwagon. There seem to be at least 3.8 million partygoers ready to jump ship.