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.
|Waiting for Mister Right Hook|
|Playing Pong with Smart Cars|
|The Do-Not-Call List that Does|
|Watch Two Audi RS 4 Avant Fight Each Other With Hood-Mounted Paintball Guns|
|Charging Your Phone the Bug Circus Generator Way|
|“You become more difficult for an algorithm to understand, market to, or manipulate.”|
|Smart Solar Panel Window Blinds|
|"The most automated warehouse of its kind"|
|"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."|
|"How will that impact human evolution going forward?"|
|Changing the Oil of Your Car is so Easy, Even a Kid Can Do It|
|"Contact could mean extraordinary things for humanity if it happens soon."|
|"Synthetic biology is the realm of creating life from scratch."|
|Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans|
|A Brief History of the Entire World, I Think|
|"We've been able to take a can of spray paint and put a touch screen on almost anything."|