Facebook may charge for ad free experience in the future

Facebook has been under a lot of pressure from its investors to maximize its earnings. That is because compared to its 100 billion dollar valuation, the social company makes a lot less due to a still developing revenue model. But, a new patent application might help with revenue if Facebook flips the switch.

BGR reports that a new patent application submitted by Facebook might show us the direction in which the company is heading. The patent is titled "Paid Profile Personalization" and it describes how advertisements and other features of the social network might change based on whether the user has paid a fee or not. In other words, it describes a subscription system in which paying customers get a little something extra for a fee.

The current boxed advertisements that Facebook displays might be replaced by pictures of friends and family, a pet or something else for those customers that wish to pay. They might also be allowed to post special status messages, rank their friends and have extra ways to interact with other users.

Of course, this is still just a patent application and it may never see the light of day, most patents don't. But, just in case this comes to pass don't say we didn't warn you.

Source: BGRImage via Facebook

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FalseAgent said,
and so another company discovers that it is difficult to make money on the internet.

Well they used to make hundreds of millions of dollars a year - really think now they are just trying to **** off as many people as possible.

Depicus said,

Well they used to make hundreds of millions of dollars a year - really think now they are just trying to **** off as many people as possible.


Actually they still do, but you know, things change when you list a company, hundreds of dollars doesn't cut it anymore, god damn the stock market.

So just like I thought - they went public and now it's slowly becoming all about the investors. That was one of the cool things about Facebook that they were at least trying to be a little more creative with their advertising techniques but now they're starting to just do anything for an extra buck... Maybe Google+ will finally start seeing some traction after people start really feeling like they're being milked like cows... Pay to promote posts, pay to message people, pay for this, pay for that... This ain't LinkedIn (works for them but completely different model and audience)...

texasghost said,
Facebook is slowly dying among younger people. Instagram is on pace to cause Facebook to go the way of MySpace.

lol. Yeah that'd be the day. Was good for a laugh though.

FunkyMike said,
My contacts are synced in nicely with my Windows Phone.

The primary reason I use FB.
Delegate contact administration back to the individual.

first charge advertisers and then charge users not to see those ads, it's a win win lol

also who cares, won't see a dime from me regardless of what they introduce!!!!!

^^ exactly, and I also see no ads on facebook because I don't use facebook or have an account there.

stevember said,
So who pays for your bandwidth etc?

I presume you see no ads on neowin too.

Oh snap! You're so savvy.

What he probably meant is that he uses Adblock plus or something like that . I use it to and I also see no ads.

But the problem is that Facebook is now starting to show ads in the format of posts (like, pages and posts you might like), but I just ignore them.

PS: I don't see ads in Neowin, and techbeck probably doesn't see them either

Yea, I use ad block too and see no ads, and to people who claim its stealing, I don't recall signing an agreement saying that I have to look at ads when viewing the site.

Exactly its not stealing I hate that argument. However I don't mind the ads to much so if it can get some cash in the pocket of a website I like, eh why not?

Blocking flash (Click-to-Flash or w/e) is paramount IMO on any web browser. HTML5 ads are getting to be just as annoying. Sucks that places that don't use intrusive ads get block too.

McKay said,
Yea, I use ad block too and see no ads, and to people who claim its stealing, I don't recall signing an agreement saying that I have to look at ads when viewing the site.

+10 for the argument.

techbeck said,
Charge all you want. I see no ads.

Except for facebook who advertises in the form of a post, which is posted by your 'friend' on facebook's behalf. Unfilterable advertising basically