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  1. jed
    jed October 26, 2017 11:14 am

    Funny thing about Inman. That comic isn’t published on his website. I suppose it’s easier for him to monetize on Instagram, and it relieves the burden of bandwidth on his own hosting. Maybe he pushes the Instagram stuff to FB as well?

    But I’m seeing at least a little irony there.

    I saw a headline in my news feed about FB doing some sort of charging, but of course I didn’t read it, as it doesn’t affect me at all. But it does make we wonder a bit about the long-term viability of the “free” ad-supported social network model. Will Twitter, or Instagram, be next?

    Or, when will the big social sites start going with the embedded JavaScript mining operations?

  2. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran October 26, 2017 11:21 am

    Yeah, a sign of the times. Although my web forum is still going (10 year anniversary on Veterans Day), I retired my blog in 2012 because I was running out of ideas for posts and got burnt out, but also the readership dropped off due to the rise of FB and social media.

  3. Claire
    Claire October 26, 2017 11:51 am

    You guys are right. It’s scary how FB has become so dominant that a billion people and more go there everyday for everything from “news” to what amounts to scrapbooking — and don’t care to check wider sources. But FB will lose control of that someday. Charging publishers for access sounds like a well-deserved beginning of the end.

  4. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal October 26, 2017 1:58 pm

    I notice that FB offers to “boost” my posts for $5 or so. Not that I’ve ever done it.

    I don’t know what FB hides, but what I’ve noticed is that I have so many “friends” (usually just a bit under 5000) that I don’t see every new thing that someone posts unless I specifically go looking. I don’t blame FB for that- I think it’s just a numbers thing. Other people I know, who have a lot fewer friends, seem to see just about everything one of those friends posts, because they aren’t swept aside by new stuff so fast. Maybe the post “boosting” is a way around that.

  5. Comrade X
    Comrade X October 27, 2017 10:59 am

    I don’t do FB and life is good.

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