Apart from its social networking website sporting a couple of ads on the side, Facebook for the most part has been free to use. This extends to the official Facebook apps which has found its way onto popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android, but that might soon change according to a new rumor that suggests Facebook might be implementing mobile advertisements come March 2012.
While putting ads on its website is not really an issue as it does not really interfere with the way the user interacts with it, placing mobile apps within the confinement of a smartphone/tablet’s display might be trickier. It is unclear how Facebook will be implementing these mobile ads, assuming of course the rumors are to be believed. Perhaps they might introduce small popups much like free or freemium apps, but it has also been suggested that they might be injecting mobile ads directly into the user’s news feed so as not to take up screen real estate unnecessarily.
What do you guys think? Will a Facebook app with mobile ads be a huge put off and prompt an angry mob reaction, or will users for the most part be understanding and acknowledge that Facebook is just another business looking for ways to monetize itself?
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