Facebook testing new $1 fee
In an effort to discourage spam that goes on Facebook and increase revenue, Facebook is testing out a new program that will charge users to send a message to someone not on their friends list.
Castlevillegamequests wonders how many people who play castleville on Facebook will deactivate their account if Facebook tries the $1 fees.
According to the BBC, paying the $1 fee to send the user a message means that the message won’t end up in the user’s spam or de-prioritized folders, which is what Facebook says usually happens when you try and send someone you aren’t friends with a message.
Facebook users have two folders where messages go: their Inbox where they receive messages from friends, and an Other folder which contains messages from people they aren’t friends with on Facebook. A quick scan of my ‘Other’ folder on Facebook revealed that most of the messages I’ve received that have ended up in there are from Pages or Groups I don’t frequently engage with.
If playing Castleville on Zynga.com instead Facebook, i guess there wont be much impact on the players, right?
As Facebook explains on their blog, they want to test the usefulness of being able to send messages to those you aren’t friends with a message, and paying to have it promoted in importance:
“This test is designed to address situations where neither social nor algorithmic signals are sufficient,” a representative for Facebook said in the blog post. “For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with, or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox. For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them.”
castlevillegamequests will still be making links even if Facebook adds this new service, so all the castleville players don’t worry.
A similar ‘pay-to-contact’ system already exists on professional social networking service LinkedIn, which allows users to contact people outside of their network through InMail for a set monthly fee.
Castlevillegamequests conclusion Facebook is looking for more money, i guess nothing is new. Castlevillegamequests is still going to make free links for all readers that come and visit us daily.
Tell us in comments what is your reaction and how your experience on Facebook will be effected.