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10 Famous Facebook Flops

Facebook has suffered some ignominious strikeouts during its 10 years. Consider these 10 features and products that didn't fly.
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Facebook Beacon
Facebook's controversial ad platform, Beacon, launched on November 6, 2007, and drew immediate criticism from users and privacy advocates. It posted user activity from third-party websites such as Blockbuster, Hotwire, Yelp, and others to users' Facebook profiles. Later, a report claimed that Beacon was collecting data from its partner websites, regardless of whether users were Facebook members or not. 
In August 2008, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook and partner companies that activated Facebook Beacon. Two months later, Facebook announced it was shuttering the service, and it agreed to establish a $9.5 million settlement fund to support online privacy initiatives.

Facebook Beacon
Facebook's controversial ad platform, Beacon, launched on November 6, 2007, and drew immediate criticism from users and privacy advocates. It posted user activity from third-party websites such as Blockbuster, Hotwire, Yelp, and others to users' Facebook profiles. Later, a report claimed that Beacon was collecting data from its partner websites, regardless of whether users were Facebook members or not.
In August 2008, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook and partner companies that activated Facebook Beacon. Two months later, Facebook announced it was shuttering the service, and it agreed to establish a $9.5 million settlement fund to support online privacy initiatives.

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my_2_cents
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2/4/2014 | 11:18:43 AM
Facebook
Facebok is a game, not a serious site. This is a  site i would never entrust my financial or other more personal data.  They do have high aspirations to be more but I would never, based on their williness to trample on my privacy and use my info to sell adds, trust them with anything more than to share pictures and make fiippant comments.  But even that is beginning to bore me.
Ariella
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2/4/2014 | 11:53:31 AM
Re: Facebook
@my-2_cents I'm with you on both points. I don't even share pictures with people in them. Any of those are subject to tagging by anyone and some may be completely unaware of the fact that someone posted a picture that includes them with tags.
WKash
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2/4/2014 | 1:45:40 PM
Facebook IPO
One could argue that Facebook's IPO was its biggest and most public flop. 
Laurianne
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2/4/2014 | 2:20:37 PM
Facebook News Feed
Some people would call the news feed algorithm a continuing flop for users. Who agrees?
Kristin Burnham
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2/4/2014 | 3:08:49 PM
Re: Facebook News Feed
I think it depends on how many pages you like and how many friends you have. I don't mind the algorithm since it helps resurface stories and status updates I otherwise may have missed. But I can understand how reprioritizing posts could aggrivate other users.
Kristin Burnham
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2/4/2014 | 3:11:14 PM
Re: Facebook IPO
Facebook's IPO may not have lived up to the hype, but it still raised $16 billion (making it the third-largest in U.S. history). 
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2/4/2014 | 3:16:49 PM
Re: Facebook IPO Really?
Initially yes but have you checked the share price lately? $62.65 as of today up from the IPO price of $38, doesn't seem like a flop to me.
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2/4/2014 | 3:19:47 PM
Re: Facebook News Feed
Not a big facebook user so thanks now I understand why my timeline seems so messed up sometimes, and I can't find things I saw before.
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2/4/2014 | 4:05:06 PM
Re: Facebook
Facebook or Google using your pictures can cause problems for you or anyone else in them. 

I would not share any pictures or personal data, which therefore makes Facebook entirely worthless to me
Thomas Claburn
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2/4/2014 | 4:53:01 PM
Re: Facebook News Feed
I agree, but then I find the whole concept of a friend-driven news feed of dubious value. Twitter's model, which allows you to follow anyone, is more conducive to surfacing interesting news through social channels.
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