Facebook might charge for messages in the future

By on December 21, 2012
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Trials a $1 charge to message people who aren’t your friends.


Ah Facebook, how we love and hate you but can never seem to quit you.

In another rather desperate attempt to win over worried investors (and pretty much most of Wall Street), Facebook is trialing a feature which would essential charge users up to $1.00 to send a Facebook message to someone they’re not friends with. In hindsight, this is actually a GREAT idea so you’ll get less messages from random people you went to university with twenty years ago. Or messages from that creepy neighbor who tries to stay in touch even after you moved to another continent.

But jokes aside, this is just another little money-grabbing ploy by the social network, which previously sent Page owners into a riot when the site announced that users had to cough up extra in order for the posts to be seen. These ‘promoted posts’ would then supposedly reach a wider audience, or so the site claims.

While the system is just in trials at the moment, there’s nothing stopping Facebook from rolling it our permanently if they see that it’s a good revenue stream. Don’t fret, there’s always the old fashioned way of sending stalker mail through the post.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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