Now Other People Can Promote Your Facebook Posts
Whether you like it or not
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2013 8:25 AM CST
This undated image provided by Facebook shows the new feature Facebook announced Oct. 3, 2012, that lets users pay to promote their posts to friends, just as advertisers do.   (AP Photo/Facebook)

(Newser) – Ever promoted one of your Facebook posts? Yeah, neither have we. But Facebook is apparently hoping we'll be more excited about promoting other people's thoughts, announcements, and cat photos. Yesterday it began rolling out a new feature that allows you to pay to promote your friend's posts, TechCrunch reports. And it doesn't give you any say in whether someone else can promote your post.

While the promoted post will respect privacy settings, it "could still make you look like a self-important prick," Josh Constine observes for TechCrunch. The feature is being rolled out slowly, and will initially only be available to people with fewer than 5,000 friends and subscribers. In its announcement, Facebook envisioned worthy uses for the feature, like publicizing a friend's marathon for charity. But as Constine notes, "A friend could jokingly promote an embarrassing photo of me, or my status about something bad happening to me." Despite the stigma attached to paying for post visibility, there is a decent reason to do it; Facebook only shows your average, non-promoted Facebook post to just 16% of your friends.

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K.KRANK
Feb 16, 2013 1:39 PM CST
I got an idea. Someone should start a web service that emulates high school yearbooks. So it's fairly real-time, & they can set it up so the glee club is there, the chess club is there, the photography club is there, computer club, cat club, jock club, etc & then kids who are members of those high-schools can join it & post their likes & dislikes & friend their friends, etc. What to call such a service, hmm. I know, how about Yearbook! lol
jr3
Feb 15, 2013 10:36 AM CST
This seems like it's only going to make things worse next time I leave my phone on a chair and someone decides that "I" need to tell that world that I have an illegitimate love child with a homeless woman, and I love the child with all of my heart. Thanks John.
kumatose
Feb 15, 2013 10:24 AM CST
I can see why people would use Facebook... it's easy to share your life with all your friends and family. But the price you pay for Zuckerberg's invasion into your privacy is idiotic. Not only will they take anything you post and use it to make more profit, but even worse, they come up with new ways every day to profit from you, without bothering to let you know before they do it. Anything you post... they own. There needs to be a craigslist style social website where the only thing they care about is providing a social service that is free to most users.