The current IPO offering is fuelling Facebook’s desire to monetize it’s user base. The ads it currently delivers are restricted to Facebook, but it does look like they are wanting to distribute ads to sell to third-party websites. Third-party ad selling will certainly broaden its reach as well as appease investors and potential shareholders.
On a positive note Facebook does reach out to members on policy changes i.e. we all get a 7 day comment period. If any change receives more than 7,000 comments it is then put to a vote by Facebook users. if a comment receives 30% of the votes supporting it from Facebook’s “active” users, it will go into effect. You need to read between the lines on this statement – it’s all about interpretation. This actually means if fewer than 70% “dislike” the comment, it will go into effect.
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Bootnote: If you have removed a Facebook app and want to delete the data you’ve already shared with them, you will need to contact the app developers and ask them to delete it. This also applies to users’ friends as well.