“Facebook Should Charge Users For Ad-Free Version” Says Twitter Co-Founder

/ 3 years ago


Biz Stone recently let out a rather interesting comment on Medium, where he discussed his thoughts on Facebook and their advertising / free model, which is strange to say the least given that he is the co-founder of Twitter, essentially the alternative / rival for Facebook, but he shared his business advice non the less.

“In general, the ads on Facebook don’t seem particularly useful or engaging. However, ads on the service are universally tolerated because that’s what makes Facebook free and free is nice.

Anywhoo, now that I’m using it and thinking about it, I’ve got an idea for Facebook. They could offer Facebook Premium. For $10 a month, people who really love Facebook (and can afford it), could see no ads. Maybe some special features too. If 10% percent of Facebook signed up, that’s $1B a month in revenue. Not too shabby.”

This idea has been floating around for a while but personally I can’t see it happening, Facebook is big for a reason and that reason is that it is free, I often find that once a premium option becomes available for a site or service, the “free” edition starts to taste bitter in a push to make you upgrade, eg; more adverts than ever before on the Free version once the premium option is in place.

It’s interesting that he would suggest this though, but since Stone is no longer at Twitter we can only assume that both Facebook and Twitter will remain free for the forseeable future.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

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  • d6bmg

    Enough said. 😛

  • Zeed

    i would pay to have Youtube and FB ad free. I would be more than happy to pay them a tenner and they would stop spaming my screen with shit i dont care about!!!!

    • Wayne

      Why pay anything? Use Adblock. It’s free as well.

      • Zeed

        cause want to support those websites.
        If all of us used addblock then there would be no: youtube or faccebook. Do you think servers are free ??

        • Wayne

          Well the go ahead & pay for them if you want to. I for one, couldn’t care less about them. If they want to charge me, I’ll simply close my accounts. I barely use them anyway so it’s no skin off my nose.

  • mashersmith

    Adblock? It’s currently blocking 37 ad’s on facebook.