With Facebook being under immense pressure by its investors to start making more money, especially with its stock not exactly doing as well as people thought would, the popular social media website has radically shifted it's perspective on how it sees its users: "For better or worse, this will go down as the year that Facebook really put a dollar sign in front of its users."
To put that another way, right now you're worth about $5 a year to Facebook and the company would really like to see that number go up.
For that reason, don't hold your breath for Facebook to stop trying out new ways to make money off you in the new year. Brian Wieser, senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group, says that some features introduced this year like Sponsored Stories for mobile will likely stick around, while the company continues to test out others to see what works and what doesn't.
"I think you should expect just an ongoing testing and learning from an ad sales perspective about what balances near-term revenue growth with durability," Wieser said. With that in mind, here's a look back at all the ways Facebook tried to make money from you this year, as well as a glimpse at what they might do next year.
|"Nothing that has done more harm to the Internet than ad tech."|
|10 Minutes of Japanese Commercials|
|Behind the Shady World of Marketing Junk Food to Children|
|When Nuclear Cooling Towers Are Having Tea and Suddenly They Collapse|
|What a World Without Smartphones Would Look Like|
|Schools Monitoring Students' Social Media Feeds|
|WannaCry is Childsplay Compared to This|
|"They don't want to believe that their own intelligence is deterministic."|
|“It’s not something you would expect to see there and not something we’ve seen there before.”|
|"The world has lost its last shot at staving off dangerous global warming."|
|"The first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply."|
|“Making paper out of stone.”|
|“Drone carrying defibrillators could begin operating in Sweden.”|
|"Is meant to produce more energy than it consumes."|
|“We have to forget steel as a core employer.”|
|"Its tilted axis makes orbit, showing the position of the sun and the time."|
|A Simple Task for CRISPR|