For advertisers obsessed with racking up 'Likes' on the world's largest social network, reality can be harsh: not every consumer you're targeting is going seek you out and like you on Facebook.
So what are advertisers to do? Facebook may have the answer.
In June, Microsoft announced that it was putting its weight behind Do Not Track (DNT) efforts and would ship the next version of Internet Explorer with a DNT preference enabled.
A week later, the company's plans were called into question as it became clear that Microsoft's approach would run afoul of the current DNT specification draft, which states that a browser can't send a DNT preference "without a user's explicit consent."
So where does Microsoft stand now?
Life is generally pretty easy for Apple. Consumers love its products, which they continue to snap up at a rapid pace, and the company's iOS ecosystem is arguably the most impressive around.
But the past week has been anything but easy for the Cupertino-based tech giant.
In the UK the deadline for compliance with the EU cookie law has come and gone and either you worked like crazy to get your site reconfigured to be in compliance or you decided to wait it out and see what happened. (Lots of us are still waiting).
But are you ready for the next deadline?
For those of you who have implemented a solution and collected your consumer’s consent regarding cookies you may not know that there is another deadline coming on or around the 26th of June. The date by which at least 35% of third party cookies will have been deleted.
It seems like storing the cookie preference in a cookie may not be the best solution, but are their other options? Yes, Device ID.
With Device ID a website owner gets to have the value exchange discussion with a consumer just once and then to store their preference in a way that doesn’t get deleted every time a consumer clears their cookies.
One in three consumers now regard their personal information as a tradable commodity, according to stats from a DMA survey of 1,020 adults.
These consumers are prepared to share their details for marketing purposes, as long as they trust the brand in question, while others would 'sell' their data for a discount.
If there was any doubt that Facebook is going to be putting the peddle to the metal on its monetization efforts now that it's a publicly-traded company, those doubts are apparently going to be eliminated very quickly.
That's because reports have surfaced indicating that the world's largest social network is on the brink of launching a real-time ad exchange dubbed Facebook Exchange.
Last week, Microsoft announced that its newest browser, IE10, set to launch when the Redmond software giant releases Windows 8 later this year, would ship with its 'Do Not Track' feature turned on by default.
The announcement attracted a lot of attention, and for good reason.
Given IE's marketshare, adoption of Windows 8 and Microsoft's new browser could create a troublesome scenario for advertisers, advertising networks and publishers as large numbers of users would be opted in to Do Not Track without any action required.
While Facebook's stock languishes, shares of the world's most popular social network for professionals, LinkedIn, have been treated far more kindly. With a forward price-to-earnings ratio of approximately 75, investors are betting that LinkedIn's future is bright.
But the company may be in for a rough patch as word broke today that some 6.5m passwords have been stolen from the social network.
Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled to the world its Windows 8 Release Preview. The release will be the last before Microsoft ships Windows 8 later this year.
The Release Preview contained plenty for industry observers and the curious to digest. There are performance improvements, more apps, better support for multiple monitors and so on and so forth.
If ibuprofen sales are up in the EU this year, it might have something to do with the nightmare known as the EU cookie law.
For major companies operating in affected countries, the solution to the problem has been, well, to find a solution to the problem. And for good reason: with the possibility of enforcement action, few businesses can afford not to address the law.
But apparently the EU itself can't be bothered with complying with its own rules.