Iwipa Horror on Facebook! Facebook Pages Missing…
Iwipa is a popular Facebook landing page application, with over 80 000users that have shaped their strategies around this free app. A few days ago, thousands of Facebook users clicked on their business pages, only to discover their app was disabled, and their content was missing! What happened?
Iwipa is pleading with Facebook for help. Some time a couple days ago, Facebook decided to disable the application – for reasons as yet unknown. Iwipa is wildly popular, sothis move has mystified the Facebook community. If you’re looking for answers, then you’ll need to join theranks of thousands of other business owners.
You’re all in the dark – not because Iwipa has put you there, but because Facebook made a decision, anddecided not tell anyone about it. Thatdecision affected so many people, it’smind blowing. Do they care? We’re not so sure.
A tweet went out to Facebook 3 hours after the app was disabled.“@Facebook We have no idea why you disabled our application, it serves 80K users. This happened 3 hours ago, please help.” The most disturbing news is that user content is gone too. Is Facebook starting to remove free applications that allow fans to host content there?
Some say yes. If this happens, it’sgoing to cost business owners a lot of money. You’ll have to pay for SSLcertificates and specific domains. One thing is for certain – Facebook is making a lot of changes. First therewas the image SSL certificate debacle, which forced businesses to find certified hosts for their page images.
Now, it appears as though Facebook is moving against applications, the question is WHY? We’d love to know their master plan. Perhaps they’re consolidating, and figuring out new ways to earn money by shutting out the little guy. Who knows!
But be wary – Facebook pages arechanging – and we’re all going to have to adjust.
Remember when Facebook removed page email functionality? You can’tdirectly email your fans anymore – youcan only contact personal friends that way. That was another major disappointment, and brought many perfectly functioning Facebook strategies to a grinding halt. Is Facebook ruining the appeal of their business pages?
They better be careful now that Google+ is out there, nipping at theirheels. In the meantime Iwipa issued anannouncement to their users. You can download a temp app from a newpage they’ve created, which will bring back all of your content.
Its times like these that we’rereminded of Facebook’s power. Withone click they can ruin the hard work and effort of thousands of businesspeople. Let’s just hope that whateverprompted Facebook to disable Iwipa, goes away.
If they strike a deal, we have some semblance of hope for the future. Ifthey don’t…we might all have to move over to Google+.
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