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Facebook tops Wall Street estimates, sends shares soaring

By Shawn Knight
Jan 30, 2014
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  1. Facebook may not be adding new users at the same pace it once was but the company has certainly figured out how to monetize the users they do have. The company on Wednesday reported fourth quarter earnings that beat Wall...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Good for them, but I don't know if it will last. The product FB produces that people like and use is a social network. The stuff they make money on is the stuff we don't like and wish we didn't have to put up with: advertising. That's not a good long term business model.
     
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,254   +222

    FB won't go down unless they will screw over the consumer too much. The integration with Facebook in our daily lives is just too big. This is something that MySpace never had. I believe it will only keep rising for next couple of years and of course we will see dips but just as anything, it will recover. Now it may level off but it won't suddenly dip low.

    As long as Facebook keeps up to date with new technology and makes sure that its head first in the Online world, it will NEVER phase out, just like Google it is simply too strong and its integration is EVERYWHERE.
     
  4. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 169   +145

    Oh yeah? And where do you think Google makes most of their profit? :)
     
  5. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Enthusiast Posts: 69   +43

    Facebook will continue to grow into much more than just a social media jauggernaut. As their cash reserves grow they will continue to purchase an increasing number of other companies, eventually swallowing such communication behemoths as AT&T and Verizon. The FTC will allow this to happen under the not-so-watchful eye of our failed government that will be run by the super-rich. Your own personal resistance to using Facebook will be futile if u want to place a phone call or use the internet. Finally, in 2036 the last 4 companies in America, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Exxon will pit their workers against one another in an epic battle for supremacy that will take place at the convergent point of the 4 remaining states in which each corporation resides. This will happen in our lifetime.
     
  6. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Rookie Posts: 97   +18

    LOL nice movie scenario. I'd buy a ticket for the premiere
     
  7. jeffz6

    jeffz6 TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Is facebook advertising even effective? I cant speak for everyone, but I know I have never click on or payed any attention to the ads.

    Unless we believe electrolytes is everthing the world needs.
     
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    It's not the same. Google makes their money by showing you ads for things you've searched for. They can charge more because the people buying ads know that the people who will see the ads are interested in their stuff. Google is giving people things they want.

    FB just shows you ads. And I should have been clearer. I don't really think FB is going to stop being used by people for all the reasons @H3llion mentioned. But this is a story about FB beating investors expectations, and I don't think that's going to last. Maybe they can pull it off and continue to grow, but I expect FB's revenue to plateau if they can't think of some other way to feed us ads.
     

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