Why We Hate Facebook Freebies – Updated

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Hate is a strong word, I would say I strongly don’t want to post them as freebies of the day.  First of all, not all of our visitors have a Facebook account, so we don’t want to exclude anyone.  Secondly, sometimes the provider of the freebie doesn’t want to send out a sample, they just want the Facebook “like”.  Come on now, we can see through that!  Not all days are good freebie days and we may post a Facebook offer if we are really desperate, but if we do, we will make our best judgement before posting.

Possibly the number one reason I hate posting Facebook freebies is once you click like on a product on Facebook, the page you “liked” can then use your photo to help advertise their product(s) in the future.  Almost like you are endorsing their product.  So be careful as to what you “like”.

Under a year ago, my uncle who was relatively new to cyberspace clicked on a picture of an old high school classmate from the Class of 68.  He wasn’t savvy enough to know that the photo of an old friend was an advertisement for a dating site.  Almost immediately, my uncle’s profile was being shown on his “friends” wall to be associated with the dating site.  Needless to say, his wife had questions.

An alternative – It is my opinion that currently Google Plus is a safer network.  They have many other ways to make money so they don’t seem too hard-pressed to use you as a promoter of different products. Their methods are far different and more traditional when compared to Facebook’s.  My favorite feature on Google’s social network is the “circles” feature.  You can put your “friends” into different circles and when you want to share something, you can choose to share only with a certain group of friends.  For example, if you had a “circle” with only your family, you could choose your post to only show up visible to your family members.

Any thoughts?

Thank You.

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