Got Data? Facebook currently stands atop the social media giants as the most widely used around the world, and it looks as if Mark Zuckerberg is going to fill his pockets up a little bit more. This week Facebook announced that it will be rolling out advertisements in users streams that will be in a video format and play automatically, to which there will be no way to opt out of it. Personally I don’t mind advertisements based from free services like social media companies, but forcing data usage on users is where I draw the line. Although it is only going to be downloaded over WiFi for now, but realistically it's only going to take a bit more time before every time you check your Facebook whether you are on WiFi or not an ad will be downloaded.
User are already cautious to the data they use on a monthly, daily and even hourly basis, so this could turn out to be a bit of an expensive add-on for those users who love Facebook. I mean just this past day a user walked off a pier into the ocean because she was glued to her Facebook account, o and she couldn't swim and it took twenty minutes to save her, all while she was clutching onto her phone (no wonder she couldn't swim). That’s neither her nor there, but I can already see this being a problem as more generations are born into the social media lifestyle.
Facebook's ad’s will be based on a new format aimed to make investors happy, while trying not to intrude on a users experience though that's near impossible. This is most undoubtedly why ad blockers are a common thing for the online community. The good thing for Android users is we will most likely have options to block or disable this as long as you are rooted. ROMS regularly come out with features to keep your phone bloat free and this might be one of the biggest intruders in a new wave of advertisements. Apple users will probably have to deal with it and I can see this becoming a problem for them, though it could be possible for a jailbroken Apple device to enable a feature to combat this. My experiences with Apple in the past have lead me to believe it wont be a feature for jailbroken devices anytime soon.
The way most sites are reporting this issue is, “hey it could be worse”, which is a poor excuse in my opinion. Businesses need to learn how to hire more online employees to help with advertisements and shift away from the old school way of things, not double dip into both and cause an unpleasant experience for the users. But hey, Facebook already steals your data and sells it on a regular basis without most users complaining, and those that see through this dirty little secrets are already or have already moved on to other means of social engagement. It seems that Google+ and Twitter are about to get a few more users in the coming year.