As I see it, Facebook still is far short of fulfilling the promise of targeting advertisement to people for whom it is relevant.
Case in point: This ad appeared on my Facebook homepage.
Erase my criminal record? Heck, I haven’t had even a traffic ticket since 1985. I hardly need this. And it’s kind of creepy.
So, what’s really at stake here?
This isn’t just about me being annoyed by an ad and wanting to poke at Facebook.
No, the stakes are much bigger. We’ve seen other incumbents who thought they were too big to fail – MySpace, AOL, Yahoo and others.
As Facebook keeps pushing to monetize my attention, it will have to do a better job than this. If it doesn’t, I and others like me will be ready and quick to move away from it as soon as the next innovator arrives. And make no mistake, it will arrive.
So, Facebook, it’s time for you to respect me as a user. Respect my privacy. Respect my attention. Or I and others like me may become “the people formerly known as Facebook users.”