Facebook Gender options for advertising not expression

Facebook seems to hate the idea of two genders and so have introduced more than 50 new Facebook Gender options. The social networking service has added this new feature in order to offer more choices allowing better expression for people. However, when you watch the many reports on the news and read over the reviews, many of them seem to agree that it is more for advertising purposes.

While we know there are technically only two genders, male and female, Facebook believes that giving their U.S. users a greater choice by expressing themselves will be welcome as they understand that people have very different views on what gender they are — we’re sure the church will not see it that way.

Most Facebook users will not care about this because they are clear that there are only two genders, but Facebook felt the need to offer the choice to the minority of people this will impact.

It seems clear to most people that this new option has been implemented because it will mean better add targeting. We are sure in time more advertising will begin to show up, and now Facebook has been able to narrow down the demographic this will increase ad rates.

We are not being cynical here, this is something that has been discussed by several websites, such as The Federalist and The MediaPost.

Do you believe that Facebook has done this solely to allow users to express themselves better, or is it more likely to help increase revenue?

Have you changed your gender, if so what to? Or do you think it is completely wrong to class yourself anything other than male or female?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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