Given Facebook’s shameful behaviour, I now need to start making arrangements to ensure that my pages and groups don’t blank out the moment Facebook dictators decide whimsically to, once again, disable my account on any random pretext.
This is a starting point of this journey to recover and restore my intellectual property on Facebook. I do not trust this unethical organisation any more.
I must say, that the FB disabling experience [here and here] (along with their blocking my ads without any justification – here, here, here and here ) has made me consider broadening my social media presence outside FB. These guys run a dictatorship. They can potentially, one fine day, unilaterally destroy intellectual property that’s taken years to build.
I often put down some initial thoughts on various topics on FB, then refine these on my blog; and finally include some of the material in my manuscripts.
Defensive steps: Step 1: Take backups of FB data regularly Step 2: Get a trusted person to be an administrator of one’s FB pages/ groups Step 3: Copy FB notes to a blog/ elsewhere; for later use. Never the URL alone: FB can make the content disappear Step 4: Use Google+ and other alternatives more actively (I now gather that Reddit could be a good, functional alternative)
Facebook has been pretty nasty – all my pages disabled; now have to re-publish each of them one by one. For sure, Facebook has some significant ethical problems.
ADDENDUM: ADVERTISING RECORD WIPED OUT
I had spent well over $2000 on advertising on Facebook. Since they disabled (and then re-enabled) my account, all records of my earlier advertising have disappeared.
I’m sorry, this is not the kind of organisation one should spend money on.
I’m going to take my advertising dollars elsewhere.
Around 8 hours after disabling my account – and my providing them with my drivers licence, Facebook has unblocked my account.
I don’t know what caused them to question my identity. If someone complains about fake ID, the decent thing to do is to ask the customer first. Disabling the account first and asking questions later is truly bad manners.
Since early 2014 I decided to learn a bit more and installed adsense on the various sub-domains. As a result, there were a few months last year when revenues exceeded $100 (AUD) a month. This year, however, most months have received revenues of around $100.
The ad revenue chart below (June 2014 to June 2015) shows an average of around $100 per month (click for larger image).
Note that this particular blog doesn't get much revenues, with most of its readership being located in India. Indian adsense revenues (per click) are a tiny fraction of US/Western country adsense revenues. Most readers on my 'technical' and 'eyestrain' subdomains are from the West, and I receive more per click from them – even though total visits on those subdomains are a fraction of the visits to this blog.
I've now broken even with all (undiscounted) costs of running this blog and numerous other domains (for over around 15 years, in all – including very heavy costs in the initial years, when domains cost nearly $100 per year). However, it will take 15 more years to offset my significant health costs (RSI, eyestrain) arising from intensive typing/ computer work.
Google adsense may well be a racket (as it doesn't pay till a minimum amount is accumulated) but if you put in some work you could offset your costs of running a blog.
I would recommend that all Indian classical liberals set up their own blogs.
Of course, I could have earned far more by writing for established newspapers, but I don't intend to do so for some more time. I want to continue researching various policy and political positions. Plus, independence is a key value to me. I don't write to please others. I write as I please.