If you believe everything that took place in the docudrama The Social Network, then Facebook
founder Mark Zuckerberg was originally opposed to the idea of implementing ads
into his social network, claiming they're not cool. Today, Facebook has ads, supposedly targeted ones, though we often we run into sponsored posts that have nothing to do with our interests. Whatever, that's a topic for another time. At issue here is what to do with those ads.
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter
, is now a regular Facebook user. So are his co-workers, which is why he had to learn to embrace the world's largest social playground rather than feel "overwhelmed" by it like he did in the beginning. And after learning the ins and outs of Facebook, he has a suggestion for Mark Zuckerberg and company.
"I’ve got an idea for Facebook. They could offer Facebook Premium. For $10 a month, people who really love Facebook (and can afford it), could see no ads," Stone suggests in a blog post. "Maybe some special features too. If 10 percent percent of Facebook signed up, that’s $1B a month in revenue. Not too shabby."
It's an intriguing proposition that could potentially rake in an insane amount of cash, though Facebook would have to tread carefully. If Zuckerberg decided to take things a step further and offer Premium-only features that go beyond removing ads, it would create a class system that might turn off Facebook users and chase them to places like Google Plus or some startup. As big as Facebook is these days, it can be toppled, just as MySpace was.