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Social Media Service Parodies

The 'Facebook Pro: Site No Longer Free' Mocks the Social Platform

— June 20, 2012 — Pop Culture
The day that Facebook begins charging for its services is an inevitable one. To ease the worry and to add some comedic relief to a daunting situation, comedy site Jest has created the 'Facebook Pro: Site No Longer Free' parody. This parody pokes fun at Facebook's greedy and ruthless nature, while also examining what Facebook would look like if consumers had to pay for their accounts. Throughout the parody this video tackles the question of what Facebook would look like if it charged $9.99/month for its services -- and trust me, it's not a pretty sight.

The parody video introduces Sheryl Sandberg as a fake Facebook Chief Operating Officer who sarcastically gives an overview of the new and improved features. While Sandberg attempts to justify why Facebook now charges for its serves, she berates Mark Zuckerberg for being greedy and consumers for being such cheapskates.

This video attempts to show social media users what Facebook would look like if it focused only on its short-term money making goals and completely screwed over its consumer base.
Trend Themes
1. Parody Videos - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create parody videos to critique and satirize popular platforms or industries.
2. Social Media Monetization - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore alternative revenue models for social media platforms to reduce reliance on targeted advertising.
3. Comedic Relief - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop comedic content that provides entertainment and relief to users amidst daunting situations.
Industry Implications
1. Online Video Production - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Build platforms or tools that empower users to easily create and share high-quality parody videos.
2. Digital Advertising - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Innovate new advertising models that lessen the burden on consumers while generating revenue for social media platforms.
3. Comedy Entertainment - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Leverage technology and new media formats to offer comedic relief and satirical content in various forms.
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