Facebook to introduce ads to Android app?

Facebook to introduce ads to Android app?Son of a mother-****ing double-crossing back-stabbing money-grabbing capitalist piece of crud…

That’s exactly how a crazy guy might react to this slab of news, a meaty slab suggesting that social networking giant Facebook is on the verge of introducing ads to its free Android app.

We’re still at the rumour stage, but the news comes via none other than the Financial Times, who’ve carved themselves a reputation as something more than peddlers of nonsense.

However, if the rumours do prove false, we expect Facebook to make an official statement soonish, much like it did recently when there were suggestions that Facebook would start charging its users.

According to the FT, the ads – rather than appearing constantly along the bottom of the screen – would be integrated with your News Feed. Ach, none of my friends have anything interesting to say, so I never check the News Feed anyway. Did I just say that out loud?

What do you think, Android Facebook users? An audacious intrusion or nothing worth getting worked up about?

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 16:09

Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarehoooooooooooooooooolders

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 16:10

AdFree ftw!

MDrX  Feb. 7, 2012 at 16:14

Facebook is already flogging your details and tracking you around the net with that sodding Like button, what difference a small ad?

Hard to feel sorry for Facebook users when the company screws them a tiny bit more than the previous day.

Maybe it's pressure from Google to get Facebook's UI in line with other Android apps? oO

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 16:17

Facebook is already flogging your details and tracking you around the net with that sodding Like button, what difference a small ad?

Hard to feel sorry for Facebook users when the company screws them a tiny bit more than the previous day.

Maybe it's pressure from Google to get Facebook's UI in line with other Android apps? oO


Agree... FaceBook is like boiling the privacy out of frogs. Slowly slowly slowly. So cosy. So social. So dead.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 16:22

Don't obsessively "Like" stuff
Don't give them your actual address
Don't buy stuff on FB (e.g Farmville crap)
Sign up using an email address purely for FB

That way you can have the best of both worlds. I also stand by AdFree ftw :p. Jan, do you know if there's a version of AdFree for iOS (for my new iPod)?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 16:30

bilbob  Feb. 7, 2012 at 18:57

Hang on...ANDROID users are complaining that the FREE facebook is pushing ads at them...

is that Irony?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 7, 2012 at 19:20

Well, no...it's human nature, actually. If you give people something (aka FB for Android with no ads), then make it worse (aka by adding ads) without lowering the price (impossible as the app's free) or making the UX better (which FB won't), people dislike these changes since they negatively effect affect them.

How would you like it if free apps that didn't have ads, suddenly gained, inevitably ugly, ads on your phone?

bilbob  Feb. 7, 2012 at 19:27

No, not the point I was making, I didn't word it very well...
The point is that *android* users, you know, the ones with the 'free' OS that sells every aspect of what they do and where they are on the phone to make it pay, are concerned at the prospect of seeing ad's on a free platform?
I understand that where there were previously no ads, and now there will be, it might cause a few murmurs, but seriously, Facebook is free to use, and like anything free it has to make money to pay for its service.
Just like Android.

I kind of think that it is inevitable that all the mobile versions will eventually have ads. They have to. As the world moves to accessing things like FB and twitter on the move, how else will it pay for itself?

krogothnx  Feb. 8, 2012 at 08:59

i'd happily have ads in the news feed if they fixed the damned stability issues.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 8, 2012 at 10:01

Doubt they will, that ads will most likely come in addition to the existing crappiness of the app.

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