Ever since Facebook went public this has become an increasing problem. Your news feed has become nothing more than a billboard for the highest bidder. I’ve had reports and seen advertisers hijack peoples identity and post things as though a friend recommends it. Their algorithms show you what it thinks you want to see with a slant toward what they want you to see of course. They track everywhere you go and use that information to push advertising on you. Think I’m wrong? Try an experiment. Close your browser then open a new window. Go to one of the large online retailers. Home depot is a particularly creepy one. Go to a particular department and view a couple items from that department. When your finished close your browser and then just go back to Facebook as you normally would. Pay attention to the ads in the right side column. Yea the ones that we all pretty much ignore. No more proof is required regarding your complete lack of internet privacy. You may say no big deal. Who cares if they know I looked at a new dish washer but what if you were searching somewhere else for something more personal?
Like everything else big business and money have ruined Facebook but something has you hooked. Everybody uses Facebook, and everybody is being deceived into thinking they are seeing everything from everybody. That’s just not true. If you have a business or fan page it’s being quietly suppressed from showing up in news feeds unless you “promote” your page which is another way of saying pay Facebook to include it in your fans news feed. This has left those who don’t have the resources to pay for placement out in the cold. “Social Media” isn’t social any more. It’s commercial.
Is there an option? Heck yes. It’s right here. Join a truly social site where you have complete control on how you filter the content you see. Who what when and how. You can even see all public posts from everywhere on the site if you want. You build your groups and friends. You have access to all the public content of those groups and friends as well as being able to control who sees your own posts and updates right down to the individual post. You can post to your group only. Or to friends only. Even right down to you being the only one able to see it. (of course like anywhere site admins can always see everything.)
Does Pinchcast.com have advertisers? Of course it does. No free service can survive without them. The difference is how it’s done. Pinchcast.com does not track anything outside our own web property. Any tracking that is done is only server logs that record page hits and generic traffic. We don’t even care where on the site you go. We use advertisements sparingly and do it the old school way. We place ads on pages with related content with the expectation that the page will draw viewers interested in that service. For example our automotive group pages may have ads for auto parts. A travel group might have ads for deals on cruise ships. I think you get the picture. What you won’t see are ads based on your personal online activity. We don’t know what that is and really don’t care.
If your strictly a Facebook “gamer” you may be disappointed. Pinchcast.com doesn’t have hundreds of game apps that hijack your information and news feed. Pinchcast.com is for real interaction with real people in real time. Your timeline is static until someone comments on your post. It then “bumps to top” thus keeping your most active posts fresh and easily replied to.
Come on by Pinchcast.com and give it a try. You will see much there that’s familiar and much that’s a whole different experience. Sign up create your group and invite your friends. Sorry there is no social login at Pinchcast.com. That requires api connections to the sites that do collect your information for the highest bidder. You will have to do it the old fashion way. Tell us who you are and verify your email address.
Welcome to Pinchcast.com. Where we know web 2.0 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.