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It's long been my point as well. Facebook is free to you, the consumer. Why? It costs someone something, so how do those folks recoup their out of pocket expenses?
That's right, from you, the consumer. How?
Let me take a minute to explain.
You the consumer(s) make up a total user base of nearly a billion. Before you choke, just read Facebook's own stats page Here
. Now, with numbers like that, vendors of all types start drooling. The frenzy on wall street doesn't even compare. Anyway, those vendors PAY the web site owner for advertising on their web site...and those vendors pay a premium just because of those numbers. The simple fact is, if the user base were tiny, there may in fact be no interest in advertising at all.
The very fact that this is free, is the honey that draws the flies. Complaining of a free meal is what I have had a problem with so...to put it in very easy to understand terms, just don't use it. "Free" also means one has no real basis for complaining when one really has no compulsion to use it either.
Getting back to the "honey". The recent and very public information that comes about regarding "facebook" and the privacy issues there, is evidence supreme, in my humble opinion, that convicts them of their true intentions. And that is (again, my opinion don't forget), to expose as many users as possible through deceit, so their vendors can ascertain names, addresses, and phone numbers.
I have the feeling some reading this might start steaming but, to settle things, let's just assume you aren't one of them. Those folks already know how to keep themselves secure so no chance EVER that they'd be caught in any sort of storm...not by surprise, no sir.
There are those however, trusting as they are, that fall into this "web" while delighting in the "honey" offered there. It's those poor unassuming souls that are devoured by the gigantic spiders all lurking. Just beware.