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dosser

Facebook

Worth $100billion maybe?

How?

I mean how does it it generate money? I cannae see any advertising on it.
SengaMcp

Advertisin, annah unnerstun sum eejits spend thur hard earned tae buy coos furra ferm n sic like stuff.
dosser

Ur you sure ye're no' confusifyin' Facebook wi' ebay or Gumtree or sum'hin'.

Ah've no seen nae advertisin' on Facebook.
Neil

Senga, they eejits ye're spikkin aboot inclood the Mrs. Neil... only it's ma hard-earned siller she keeps throwin at them.

Ah f**kin hate Faceplook!
Celyn

Re: Facebook

dosser wrote:
Worth $100billion maybe?

How?

I mean how does it it generate money? I cannae see any advertising on it.


I can't even remember if it has advertising on it:  like a couple of others, I have a theoretical Facebook account  but I cannot get the hang of Facebook, well because so far I have no great reason to get used to it and not sure I would like it.

OK, I just logged into it - yes it does have advertising at the side.  It seems to want me to play Bingo, to "fix thyroid and lose weight", join at least two things that seem to be about interior design and buying "fun design objects", and also it wants me to "sort out wrinkles".  And to play some other "new game".  None of which I want to do, really.  

Hmm, so it's a bit of a fail because I think it tries to direct advertising according to what it knows about you, so I reckon it is just going by age and gender there, 'cos I really don't want to do any of the things, so it is going for a very basic and not clever "50 year old female must like this" angle.  If I were on it more and it had more data or interests etc, I'm guessing it would come up with better targetted adverts.

The more you post on Facebook, the more data it has on what sort of things you like  and it can then have  a BIG load of finely delineated stuff that advertisers will love.

As for how it can be worth umpty billions, it's worth whatever umpty £££ fortune only as long as people think it is.  For the initial public offering, if enough hype is created, there will be investors scared to miss out in case it remains big and gets bigger.  A variant of not wanting to be thon guy who refused to sign up the Beatles.  Laughing

But I will laugh my special evil laugh if/when Facebook starts to lose out.  I mean haven't there been similar things before?  Myspace was a big thing once but I don't know if it is now.  And didn't D.C. Thompson ( I only recall this 'cos I thought it was funny about the "Sunday Post", "Oor Wullie", "Beano", "People's Friend" company trying to catch up with computery stuff) buy the "Friends Reunited" thing and later find it wasn't worth what it had paid for it?

Leaving aside internet investment bubbles, Polly Peck was once hailed as a fantastic example of a "penny share" that was a marvellously good deal for those clever enough to invest early.   Until it all went wrong and a certain amount of criminal stuff was noticed and so on.

Why should Facebook, if it is so astonishingly great and profitable, really want to go public?  Hmm.  Wants money?  Fine, we all do, I suppose.  Or needs money?  

Oh well, mibbe it will go the way of the big tulip bulb fuss of the 1600s.  That went up like a field full of fireworks and then fell down as a bit of a damp squib.   Probably quite a colourful one though.

Of course, we probably don't need to understand it, as a lot of Facebook people are probably 14 year-olds happily posting about favourite music, films, and fashion and stuff - I can see advertising potential there.  But most of us are of the old fogey persuasion, and mibbe not what Facebook wants.
dosser

Targetted advertising???

Yet I get nane........... Whit ur these people trying to say aboot me????
weejan

What can I say but I am a FB loving fogey. I keep in touch with relatives from many different places and there is no better way for a global conversation.

I block all games rubbish and ignore the advertising. That is mostly about losing weight and getting rid of wrinkles but as we all know, fat people don't have wrinkles. I don't mind the ads about craft stuff though, as that is my one weakness.
Neil

Dosser - dae ye hae Adblock or somethin like thon? Mibbe that's fit wye ye're nae seein the adverts.

Weejan, Ah agree it seems a richt fine wye oh keepin in touch (although Ah'm happy wi e-mail). Ah jist wish the Mrs. Neil wuid keep awaa fae the ferms an castles an sic like, an Ah really wish she'd stop believin aa the siller she spends gaes tae some mythical charity. It's gaen tae charity richt enough... the Keep Mark Zuckerberg Rich Fund.
Fey Hag

Ah'm dead afeart of FB
I go there to keep an ean on the Grt. Grandkids  

As to the ads I have them blocked also have 'do not track plus' to block any of that tracking shyte they hang on yea.

I think I have the least friends in the wurld as ah'm no really there 'n ah can't W*** out how to respond to folk most of the time it is just hit & miss.
If I have offended anyone from here on face book it was an accident .
Just a daft auld hen scratchin about in a strange yard..

Just because ah'm paranoid dusnae mean they are no oot tae get me.

As to what it's worth--aboot as much as the rest of the last lot of dotcom bubble 'n fluff I would think.
dosser

Weel, Ah've decided tae delete mah Facebook accoont and pit a end tae the nonsense o' ha'en fowlk I meet every day, or talk tae on the phone or by email askin' me tae be thur freen.

Ah got a invite recently fae a wifie wi' a very vaguely familiar name. So I acceptit her kind invitation tae be a freen and asked her wha the hell she wiz and how we kent each ither.

She didnae ken, but said I wiz in her email address book.
So A did a bit o' searchin' on mah ain address book. This wifie and me had brief email W***-relatit contact aboot five years ago..........

It's mental.

So mah accoont is noo nae mair.
Neil

A mannie here on the rig went tae bed a couple on nichts ago, an left his compuchter open an logged in tae faceplook. The next mornin he got some affa angry e-mail fae his wife, faa wisna best pleased faan she discovert that he'd gotten a divorce an deleted her fae his faceplook friens!

Some naughty boy hud been in an edited his profile faan he wiz sleepin!  Shocked

He'll nae be daen that again.  Twisted Evil
me

fb is littered with adverts....thats why they make so much money.

however...most people (especially the ones using chrome or firefox) have ad blockers installed as standard so they dont see them.
Celyn

dosser wrote:
... Ah got a invite recently fae a wifie wi' a very vaguely familiar name. So I acceptit her kind invitation tae be a freen and asked her wha the hell she wiz and how we kent each ither.

She didnae ken, but said I wiz in her email address book.
So A did a bit o' searchin' on mah ain address book. This wifie and me had brief email W***-relatit contact aboot five years ago..........

It's mental.

So mah accoont is noo nae mair.


Eek!   Then "oh, it's all right".  At first I thought I was the one who hassled dosser, but sigh of relief, it wasnae me.  

Well, I did do so once, thinking I ought to try to get used to Facebook, and dosser was a name I recognised, so picked on poor dosser and sent a "gonnae be ma pal?" message, much to his confusion, I think, and he had to write back saying "nae offence, but do I even know you?" sort of thing.      Laughing

I suppose it's a bit like callling out to somebody on the street and then having to say "Oh, I'm sorry - I thought you were someone I knew".   I'm not sure whether it is more embarrassing or less, though.    Embarassed

Fey, No, you are obviously not feart of FB, as it sounds as though you can W*** it better than most of us here.   When it becomes an Olympic sport (and why not , considering some other daft "sports"?), you can win gold medals for New Zealand.   And I will shout a loud cheer.  Smile   I could even ask you for training, but as Scotland cannot, at present, be in the Olympics, there would be little point.
Celyn

Neil wrote:
...  Ah jist wish the Mrs. Neil wuid keep awaa fae the ferms an castles an sic like, an Ah really wish she'd stop believin aa the siller she spends gaes tae some mythical charity. It's gaen tae charity richt enough... the Keep Mark Zuckerberg Rich Fund.


When I first saw the farm game (and wasn't there a legal issue a few years back with the people who actually made the farm game thingwie?), I confess I thought "oh good - there is a computer game that does not involve killing people, or spaceships or any of that".  

I thought it sounded like potentially amusing harmless fun, but I did NOT know that it cost real actual money to buy these imaginary cows or water for the fields or whatever stuff.

So does FB claims that payment goes to charity?  That is VERY naughty if the money does not go to charity - well apart from the "make Zuckerberg richer" charity.     Mad
Celyn

Ah, I knew there was something (even if it lives on the evil television machine), that does,sort of address the matter of Facebook.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rNgCnY1lPg


Laughing

(It is an intro to a telly comedy but it is very short.   Even my computer can do it, so it is not demanding for small computers and gives a bit of cynical laugh.

And we do need to have cynical laughs right now. I don't actually know about Fey, but in Scotland clear and cynical thinking is needed:  also I think, for weejan and for anyone o0utside the M25
Neil

Celyn. As far as Ah kin figure it oot, ye kin toil awaa day an nicht on they ferms an get nae affa far, or ye kin lay yer siller doon an buy yer wye intae the lead. Mrs. Neil prefers tae buy stuff.

Ah think they claim a portion o the siller gaes tae help kittens an dolphins in the Amazon rainforest, or somethin. But it's like the lottery claimin their loot gaes tae "good causes".
dosser

Celyn wrote:


Eek!     At first I thought I was the one who hassled dosser, but sigh of relief, it wasnae me.  

Well, I did do so once, thinking I ought to try to get used to Facebook, and dosser was a name I recognised, so picked on poor dosser and sent a "gonnae be ma pal?" message, much to his confusion, I think, and he had to write back saying "nae offence, but do I even know you?" sort of thing.      Laughing

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No, no, no! Celyn cuildnae offend naebudy.
itsjistme

me wrote:
fb is littered with adverts....thats why they make so much money.

however...most people (especially the ones using chrome or firefox) have ad blockers installed as standard so they dont see them.

I use chrome and I don't see any ads.
ozneil

itsjistme wrote:
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I use chrome and I don't see any ads.




So do I and I dont get adds of course I dont use Face Book either

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