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.
|The Adolf Hitler Shampoo Co.|
|"The blatant amorality of advertising on the web itself."|
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|“From sand to soil in 7 hours.”|
|“If you could decide today... how long do you want to live?”|
|“We have an opportunity, to fundamentally redefine what urban life can actually be.”|
|“They're usually these people that have been fucked by the system who are trying to unfuck themselves.”|
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|“Parti.Vote is designed to make the US's representative government system more equitable.”|
|A Bicycle with No Pedals You Run With|
|“If the facial data and related personal information is stolen and put on the internet, it will cause big problems.”|
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|“As users, it’s important to be aware of how the platform is manipulating you.”|
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