Would You Pay To “Promote” A Post On Facebook?
Yes, we’ve reached that level of self-absorption in society. Now you can not only show your friends what you have for lunch every day- you can pay to make sure that they are more likely to see it.
In a blog post, Facebook announced yesterday that users will be able to pay to promote their posts in the NewsFeeds of friends. The explained that this could help overcome the avalanche of posts any given day can bring:
Every day, news feed delivers your posts to your friends. Sometimes a particular friend might not notice your post, especially if a lot of their friends have been posting recently and your story isn’t near the top of their feed.
But the question remains: what post is so urgent, or what person feels so self-important, that they need their posts to appear first among friends? But Mashable immediately noted more specific reasons, saying the feature may be useful “to people looking to promote bands, parties and other events.”
As eager as I was to write of this option to narcissists, I do understand how any number of individuals might want to use this to promote their work (hey, it’s hard out there, and you have to use any advantage you can get). I also thought of the time my friend used Facebook to help publicize the search for a missing woman, and any other number of good causes publicized on the site.
Hopefully, personally promoted posts will be used for good like this.
What do you think? Will you promote any of your personal posts?