Facebook’s Dilemma: Profits (theirs) versus Privacy (yours) Milton de Aza 10-0033 Esteban Santana 10-0378 David Santamaria 10-0047
Facebook Facebook is the largest and most widely used Social Networking site in the world; it’s interface is simple and includes tools that allow users to connect. Used by advertisers to reach targeted audiences. Facebook pages by businesses to interact with possible customers.
Facebook’s problem Very expensive to maintain since uses upload more than 2 billion photos and 14 million videos each month. In 2008, Facebook sales were about $265 million but were still on deficit. 70% of Facebook’s users are out of the US and are unlikely to make purchases.
Privacy The biggest concern that users have on Facebook. Advertisers want this information. Possible way for Facebook to increase its revenue by sharing this information. Facebook’s dilemma is finding a way to turn profit and increase revenue using its users voluntarily provide without violating privacy.
Privacy issues Beacon program sponsored by major corporations. Customers bought from these corporations and Facebook shared this information with contacts automatically, this was very unpopular. Facebook’s change in policy which made it the owner of all the user content on the site. Users protested until this was taken away.
Facebook platform Facebook created Facebook platform in 2007. Enabled the site for applications made by third parties. Applications include games, plug-in features for user profiles, and other programs. Most applications fail and only 250 of them get 1 million users per month.
Twitter One of facebook’s rivals as a social networking site. Explosive growth in 2009. Simple and fun to use. Facebook playing catch-up
Facebookvs Twitter In order to battle Twitter, Facebook purchased FriendFeed and created FacebookLite. FriendFeed was an aggregate of all the content of social media sites. Most of its user base are “uber social geeks”. Facebook likes its powerful search engine. FacebookLite, for people with slow internet connections, stripped down version of the site.
Facebook growth Facebook is still growing more than its competitors, and aims to beat Microsoft, Google, and other giants as a portal to share information. Customers are more educated about privacy and some believe that the benefits of the large audience and features outweigh the privacy issues.
Q1 E-Commer is an important concept illustrated in the case and chapter. The case mentions that the FaceBook site includes a variety of tools to allow users to connect and interact with other users, whether I be through messaging, photo-sharing, user-created applications and others. Because of this, the FaceBook environment has become more self-sufficient and has been beneficial as a platform for FaceBook and developers.
Q2 Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that revolve around using interactive information sharing, networking, and collaboration among users. Facebook is a wonderful example of Web 2.0 based website. It offers many web-based applications, which provides profile users to get hands-on with the site. The rich social networking makes Facebook gathers lots of information that can be share with others. Also, Facebook is powered by powered by e-commerce services, which connect closer to users.
Q4 FaceBook does in fact have a viable business model as it has the ability to target markets based on very detailed demographic information, hobbies, regions and other specified criteria. Through this, people are able to find their friends on the sight and see the updates of their profiles and use the applications on their pages. As the volume of FaceBook increases, the company’s image grows more and more, become much more valuable. Because of the vast network achieved through FaceBook, users find themselves doing business on the site. FaceBook mainly makes revenue on the basis of advertising to its users.
Q5 Finding the target market for advertising companies without violating the privacy of the website’s users is a very complex problem. If we managed the website we will make our best attempts to try to collect as much user information without making them feel as if we were violating their privacy; the users of our website make us what we are and they are mostly important. This can possibly add to the websites reputation and can result in being overall beneficial for the company. We would like to operate the website in a trustworthy way.