For weeks, I was getting prompted by Facebook to promote my page, with a preview of the header. It was getting so bad, I’d see that header 3 or 4 times while scrolling through my feed. Dozens of times a day. It made me hesitant to open Facebook, dreading the unwelcome encounter.
There was no way to stop it. I’d already clicked on “hide ad” a few dozen times to no effect. If anything it seemed to increase the frequency.
So finally, tonight, I clicked on the “promote your page” button and set the minimum $1 bid at the 10 day suggestion.
The ads immediately stopped. My feed is clean again, full of the usual political tirades and travel pics and cat videos. It’s such a relief, I’m happy to have paid the $10 for Facebook to leave me alone about my goddamn page for 5 minutes. The only question is, will the ad start up again when the budget runs out?
Will I have to pay a premium to use Facebook without ads (something I’m already happy to pay YouTube for). Is this the beginning of the end for a “free” social media platform?