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Facebook to Test Video Ads in News Feed

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Dec 17, 2013, 8:06 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Facebook today announced that it has begun testing video ads in users' news feed. The ads will play automatically when users scroll to them. As with other video content in the news feed, the ads will play without sound. Users who don't want to watch the ad can just scroll past it. If the video is clicked or tapped, it will play in full-screen mode with sound. Once the video ends, users can choose to watch more marketing videos or return to their news feed. According to Facebook, all videos that begin playing on mobile devices will have been downloaded in advance when the device was connected to Wi-Fi. Facebook configured it this way in order to avoid adding to users' monthly wireless data consumption. Once downloaded, those ads will be able to playback with or without a wireless connection. Facebook didn't say how large the video ad files will be that it stores on users' devices. For now, the testing is limited, but Facebook expects to expand the program over time.



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Dec 17, 2013, 2:11 PM

Video ads? They gonna pay for the data usage?

Video ads? That's a short sighted solution, and I bet it drives people away. Ads are annoying, and video ads are REALLY annoying. And in this case, they'll cost FB users money! Not smart.
Did you read the article? It downloads the ads when you are connected to wifi not on cellular networks.

Dec 17, 2013, 8:34 AM

Kiss my ass!

I understand the need to make money to keep FB up and running. However they do have their regular Ads. So FB can kiss my ass on the video ads!
I am so not looking forward to this. 👿

Dec 17, 2013, 11:55 PM


Blech - there's a reason I left facebook long ago.
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