Facebook on slippery slope?

August 3, 2007 // Internet Related

Facebook on slippery slope?

Hey, your account is temporarily unavailable due to site maintenance. It should be available again within a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

That’s the message that I’m becoming all too familiar with every time I try to log on to Facebook. Earlier this week I was unable to logon to Facebook for almost an entire day, what’s the problem with this I hear you asking – will my life end if I don’t see what “mood” my friends are in or perhaps a long lost brother will “request” to be my friend. Well obviously not, but this isn’t the point, this happens at least once a day for me now.

I read from the “London AM” paper that Facebook had discovered a bug whereby users could now access “private” pages from other members. Well I have to say it – but who cares! The information on Facebook is hardly going to start WWIII – they are just photos and if Facebook can’t fix such a small problem in one big hit they need to start employing people who can work fast.

Believe it or not there is money to be made through Facebook and social media websites. You could obviously pay an extortionate amount of money to have your “flyer” displayed a few thousand times but initial feedback from advertisers says that the return rate was very low.

How do you generate free advertising on Facebook?

A simple way to generate interest in your product or service would be to create your very own group or start discussions in related groups. This rapport gains the trust of potential customers which obviously allows you to earn some potential cash. Don’t forget you have the option to include a link to your site from these groups. The link itself will do nothing in terms of SE rankings but you will generate traffic from it. I would say seounique.com receives around 10-20 unique visitors per month from that free link. It may not seem enough but if you gain just one order it’s completely worth it.

Whatever Facebook is doing they are loosing the trust of its users. There are too many applications, pages are too busy and Facebook has more downtime than up, sort it out Mr. David Nicholson.

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