Facebook and YouTube: Free, no?

Upon stumbling across a promotional comment on Facebook that an app had made, it suddenly hit me that every day we take for granted what we have been given.

For example, the promotional comment stated something along the lines of:

"Wow, finally the Facebook team has provided us with something that is actually 
useful! Check it out here: [insert URL]"

I thought of this comment as a complaint that the Facebook team has created nothing that the general public might have any use for. Might I remind you that without the Facebook team creating so many resources that the general public do have use for, e.g Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to promote your app (or even have the app in the first place) that is bringing you the income that I suppose you find valuable.

Quit complaining. Facebook is free and it assists many people. Sure, many it doesn’t assist people massively, maybe there are other social networking sites but the key word is ‘free’ here.

Now, if you are going to continue complaining about Facebook*, I’m going to continue shoving points down your throat**:

Facebook is optional. Don’t like the changes they are making, or the lack of? Get rid of it. Easy as. Can’t do that? Stop complaining.

Facebook is free. Again, I’ll raise the point that it’s free. If you’re looking for something that is perfect for you a) start up your own social networking site or b) compromise c) quit looking – perfect doesn’t exist.</endrant>

*And if your not, thank you, you may skip to the next section!
**Not literally, honest.

<rant>However, Facebook is not the only thing we take for granted. Might I throw another popular website on board? YouTube. 

I constantly hear people complaining about the adverts that YouTube now have. Like Facebook, we have to remember, YouTube is a free service yet I’m sure it costs more money than you imagine to run it. Companies pay for adverts which pays to keep YouTube up and running.

Let’s play a game of ‘Would you rather’. Please comment with your answers.:

  • Would you rather watch a ballet or an opera performance?
  • Would you rather read books of the crime/mystery and suspense genre or the fantasy genre?
  • Would you rather be a geek or a nerd?
  • Would you rather watch adverts before YouTube videos or get rid of YouTube altogether?


Thank you for reading and I’m sorry if rants annoy you but I feel taking granted of what is free is slightly more annoying than the occasional rant. I also understand that both my examples are of superficial things and not of things with more meaning – this was done so that the post would hopefully allow the type of people who are most likely to stumble across this article (tech geeks and the younger generation, in other words!) the ability to relate or understand the meaning of my rant.



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  1. •Would you rather watch a ballet or an opera performance?
    That’s a tough one. I don’t find either entertaining to be honest. Probably opera.

    •Would you rather read books of the crime/mystery and suspense genre or the fantasy genre?
    Fantasy any day!

    •Would you rather be a geek or a nerd?
    I had to look up the difference to answer this, but geek

    •Would you rather watch adverts before YouTube videos or get rid of YouTube altogether?
    Certainly watch adverts before YouTube videos

  2. While fb is in theory free there are exceptions,once your fan page gets over a certain number of followers they no longer notify all your followers of your posts unless you pay for the priviledge. several celebrities have commented on this issue recently but not just celebs local businesses, independant authors, artists etc all trying to build up a following are also being hit by this and until it was made public were unaware of the fact that people were not receiving their posts

    • Of course, Facebook isn’t faultless – nothing is – but without Facebook, the fan page’s wouldn’t even exist. So whilst is might prove problematic to have business slightly thwarted from growing because not all of your customers are notified, surely it would become even more problematic if your business was completely prevented from progressing because Facebook wasn’t there to offer you the facility?

      Thank you for the comment, by the way. I’m aware my presence in the blogosphere hasn’t been up to scratch as of late and so I’ll be sure to pop over to your blog as soon as I get the chance! 🙂

      • I think the problem is not so much that facebook would like to make money from those profiting from using their service it is more the way they did it and they way they actually charge for the posts,most people would not be able to afford to pay to have their posts sent to all their followers. I am not sure on actual figures but we are not talking millions of likes for a page to be judge as it should pay I think you only need around a thousand people to like your page before they restrict your posts, and the fact that they kept it quiet it somewhat underhanded, Use our service its free (well not really but we wont tell you that)

        • I hear your point and I respect it but at the end of the day, Facebook is a business. It has staff and people who need to be paid for the job they do, if offering the majority of their services for free is how they can attract potential customers, keep them there and offer businesses a platform to promote their business on, I don’t see the problem in charging users for some of the features it provides.

          I agree that perhaps this problem should be made aware by the Facebook team so that business know of the ‘issue’ but I’ll revert my earlier point in saying that a message broadcast to fifty people supposed to one hundred is still more effective than a message broadcast to no one – particularly when it’s free.

          • ahhh but that assumes you can access said page – i recently spent over a week in fb limbo as someone alledgedly reported me for supporting a petiton to come down on child molestors using fb – do you know there is no actual customer service department at all at fb that allows person to person contact? you have no guarentee that your email will be dealt with or that even if it is you will receive any form of feedback whatsoever. And this is where fb really is moving into dodgy ground – if you ask people to pay for certain services including those who pay vast amounts of money to advertise then you also have to be able to provide your clients and their clients with certain standards of service. Every person who has a fb account is a customer fb receives payment for allowing companies to advertise to these people even if the customer themselves is not making a direct payment at that time. You would not expect a shop assistant to abuse you in a shop just because you were only window shopping at that time would you? The problem facebook faces is that it many times fails to live up to its own rules and terms of use and that as a form of social media it puts itself up their to be held publicly accountable yet frequently hides behind automated response

          • First of all, I’d like to say that it is terrible that you were reported for such a thing you had not done and then I’d like to go on to say that I’m almost appalled at the fact that Facebook lacks a customer service department. This is certainly an issue that must be raised in the near future.

            I understand your point when you talk about window shopping however the money is not coming out of our own pockets nor is it effecting us in a dire way. What would be the point in advertisements if they appeared only to paying customers? Customers will not wish to pay for adverts to appear on their screens and so it seems only acceptable that advertisements are presented to users as they are a primary source of income for an online business such as Facebook and Youtube.

            I’d like to thank you for opening my eyes up to faults that Facebook has that, although it seems wrong to complain about, it certainly seems correct to suggest improvement on, e.g the customer service department, or the lack of! 😆

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