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Last week we asked you how many apps you have installed on your phone. As a former graduate student, I must say I expected the results to form a nice bell curve, with the mid numbers getting the highest number of votes, with the very low and very high numbers getting the least amount of votes. Boy, was I wrong!

Out of 427 votes in total, the breakdown was as follows: 1% have no apps installed, 6% have 1-10 apps, 10% have 11-20 apps, another 10% have 21-30 apps, 6% have 31-40 apps, 9% have 41-50 apps, a full 20% of the voters have 51-100 to apps, and, incredibly, 39% have over 100 apps. Seems like I underestimated our readers!

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think Of Sponsored Posts On Social Networks?

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Do you remember when Facebook was free of ads? At the beginning of the social-network boom, the companies who run them were still looking for the right way to make money. Today it’s pretty clear: ads. But on most networks, these are not regular ads like you see on many websites, or even on Facebook’s right sidebar, but rather sponsored or promoted posts. You can see these on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many other platforms, where companies pay to have their content appear in a prominent place on our feed. Granted, it’s not the only way to place ads, but it’s a good way to make sure we see them. What do you think of this trend? Do you mind these posts? Do you use them? Would you rather see regular ads or pay to prevent them from appearing?

Mind that this poll is not about ads on websites in general, but specifically about sponsored posts on social networks. We already had a great discussion about general ads Do You Use Adblock? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Use Adblock? [MakeUseOf Poll] Read More in the past.

Don’t forget to tell us why you mind or don’t mind these sponsored posts, and how you deal with them. Add your opinion below!

  1. yitzyy
    April 30, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I hate them, but I understand why they are there. I have learned to mostly ignore them, and my adblocker add-on helps too....

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    To put it simply, it's when social networks stop being social. Sponsored post promotes information bias and shoves advertising down your throat, sticking like sore thumbs amindst relevant contents.

  3. Zickart
    April 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I Don't mind them as long as they don't seem so alien to the blog . This is a software / Hardware oriented blog and as long as you have something that fits that I don't mind it but I would like to know when a review is endorsed or not , just for credibility . Its a big bonus

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Zickart, the poll was actually referring to social networks, but your feedback about this is valuable nonetheless. We barely have sponsored posts on MakeUseOf, but when we do, they're clearly marked as such. :)

  4. Scott M
    April 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I don't really notice them and if I do they don't really affect me.I'm in an older demographic and while Advertisers make me curious on occasion they generally haven't any effect on my purchasing habits or choices of sites etc.Which is why There are so few TV shows and movies directed at my age group.We have been bombarded fory ears by ads and they cease to have any real meaning.We also stay with something if it works and does what it promises.Admen call it a resistance to change and refer to it as brand loyalty.I call it common sense.

  5. Esaure
    April 29, 2013 at 1:37 am

    "I don't like them, but understand why they're necessary."

    For most people, is inevitable but i block most of them adding someonewhocares.org's list to my hosts file.

    This way, i have the best experience watching videos almost everywhere blocking video ads before play or as overlays in youtube, checking emails, blocks most of facebook ads (90% - 95%).

    When friends ask me how do i blok ads, i let'em know but they barely understand and when i stand by their homes i ad my own list to their computer's hosts file by runing teamviewer (in my machine always runing) because i've added local ads.

    Others ask them how or what they did to block ads but their answer is "i don't know, my friend did it."

  6. spam.jam
    April 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Um - I hate them and they are unnecessary.

    They are an additional revenue channel not originally called out when I agreed to pay the cost of sharing my personal persona/ demographic information to my social networks for the use of their products.

    "I tell facebook my info, which it then sells, so I can have a wall" is what I signed up for. "I tell facebook my info, which it then sells, so I can have a wall half full of ads Facebook thinks I might like and other stuff Facebook gets paid to show me" is now just plan bull shit.

    A single page like on facebook is about $170 in pure profit for the site. Because it is that much more data about their client base freely handed to them without expense. So now they pennies on the dollar to "fish" for likes by paying for sponsored posts.

    They were all made rich beyond imagine from the original model; this is all just about plan old greed. They suck.

    I also think you did a disservice with this poll by leaving that option out.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      April 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      I agree. Because of that I choose not to participate in the poll.

      • Yaara Lancet
        May 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

        See my answer above about this. Sorry you chose not to participate this time, Lisa. Your opinion is always valued!

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I agree that not every social network deserves out money. The "I'd rather pay a few $" was a theoretical option. The "I hate them" part is the really important one, and I'm sorry you found that answer inadequate. This is what I meant, in any case.

  7. Zhong J
    April 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    It's inevitable, we all know that facebook is being profit by their ads revenue and the popularity of people using it. I won't be surprised if they degrade their customer experience for ad-filled mechanics and ignore us with pop-up offers that's being sponsored by X & Y company.

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