Friday, 11 January 2013

Facebook Now Charging $100 to Message Mark Zuckerberg


We knew Facebook was keen for new revenue creeks. We just didn't know they were this keen.

If you try to drive founder and CEO assess Zuckerberg a message on Facebook, Mashable found out Thursday, the communal mesh may offer to keep the note out of his "Other" Inbox — for a cooling $100.

In our checks from multiple accounts, it emerged to be the case that users only get this note if they're not one of Zuck's 16 million followers. That, however, could still be coincidental.

Keen Facebook observers will recognize this as a variant on the $1 pay-to-message plan that the social mesh has been experimenting with for months. The business indicated at the time that it would be experimenting with other charges, so it's possible we're beginning to glimpse the fruits of that.

There were sporadic accounts in December of Facebook charging diverse persons $100 for the service, but this is the first time we've seen it — and absolutely the first time we've glimpsed it directed to the founder.

The "Other" inbox is Facebook's discarding ground for all notes it guesses you won't want to read immediately. It's been controversial for some time, as most users are solely ignorant of its existence — and many have been renowned to discover notes they actually desire they'd read at the time, such as job boasts.

The $1 pay-to-message check was first broadcast in December, and was described by the business as a check. It allows any person to note any other person's inbox exactly for that one-time fee, if they are associates or not. It was derided by some users as Facebook spam. (However, it is only likely to obtain one such note per week.)

Here's what Facebook had to state in a statement from a spokesperson: "We are testing some farthest cost points to see what works to filter spam." 



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