[url=http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2008/11/01/would-you-pay-to-use-fac... yo pay to use Facebook?[/url]
Last month saw Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook declare that the primary goal of the site was growth, not revenue. Furthermore, it will be years until the site needs to really start putting a revenue model together.
But, the economy is on the slide, and advertising rates are going
down as a result, so maybe Facebook needs to start thinking about
monetization plans outside of just littering the site with adverts? In
which case, could a subscription model be the way forward?
A subscription based model is of course pure speculation at this point
in time, but I wouldn’t rule it out happening in the future, especially
if the number-crunching detailed at TechCrunch
proves accurate. If it ever did happen though, Facebook would lose me,
and everyone else I’ve asked whether they’d pay to use the site or not.
[url=http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/31/facebooks-growing-problem/]Facebook May Be Growing Too Fast. And Hitting The Capital Markets Again.[/url]
There’s no doubt that Facebook is growing at a breathtaking pace. A
year ago, according to Comscore, they had just 74 million unique
monthly visitors and 35 billion page views. Today those numbers have
grown by 118% and 74%, respectively, to 161 million unique visitors and
61 billion page views per month.
I likely would not pay to use Facebook. If, at some point in the future, Facebook becomes a paid-access site, I likely would not be on facebook anymore. In some ways it wouldn't be a huge loss, but in other ways it would be. I use Facebook as one of my primary means of finding out about left events in Vancouver. Some events I only find out about because someone invites me over facebook. There are other ways of finding out about left events in Vancouver, other than Facebook, but Facebook is the most convenient.