Facebook has begun testing a $1.00 fee for posting messages in another user’s inbox who aren’t your friends. Currently when you inbox a non-friends page it typically goes into their spam. However, the new option would allow it to show up normally for those who pay a premium. Testing started in the U.S. and if successful, it will likely spread around the world.
It’s obvious that a social networking site with over 1 billion user’s would love to increase revenues. Once they went public there was no choice…investor’s want to see a hefty return. This is definitely a way to allow advertiser’s to fill up your inbox with unwanted marketing schemes.
The Facebook blog page has the following post; “Today we’re starting a small experiment to test the usefulness of economic signals to determine relevance. This test will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message routed to the Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with“.
Many user’s have already complained about the enormous amount of ads and promotions already bombarding their page. Imagine retailer’s now also targeting consumer’s via Facebook? Gone will be the days of just networking with old friends and sharing photo’s, it will just turn into a money-making machine like everything else. While they are not yet saying this is what will occur, let’s face it…this is exactly what will happen.
If it becomes an annoyance, it may cause me to terminate my account. This will be a sad day, since it is a great way to connect with long-lost friends and family. Mark Zuckerberg helped create a great way to interact socially…too bad he sold out in the end like so many other entrepreneurs. But who can blame him…making money on a good idea is the American way.
On another note; Facebook has promised that the site will always remain free. But we will pay in other ways for sure.
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