Facebook is set to roll out its Promoted Posts feature across the United States, according to Tech Crunch. Users who wish to give one of their important posts more exposure in the news feed will be able to drop a small amount of money to make it happen. Expect all sorts of nonsensical information to find its way to the top of your feed very soon, courtesy of a few American dollars and some misguided feelings of self-importance.
Facebook’s Promoted Posts feature, which has already been rolled out in over 20 countries, will only be available to those folks with fewer than 5,000 friends. For around $7, anyone who meets the criteria will be able to push any post they wish above the other content currently being featured. In other words, those with a lot of money to throw away will be see their pictures, videos, and other content rise to the top of the social networking pile.
“Every day, news feed delivers your posts to your friends. Sometimes a particular friend might not notice your post, especially if a lot of their friends have been posting recently and your story isn’t near the top of their feed,” software engineer Abhishek Doshi wrote on Facebook’s news site.
The Associated Press reports that the company is still figuring out how much to charge users for the Promoted Posts feature in the United States. As of this writing, the price is hovering around $7, though it’s likely this number could rise or fall depending on the whims of Facebook executives.
Although the feature will be nice for those with something to peddle — independent filmmakers, self-published authors, budding artists, and other such individuals will certainly make good use of the service — it remains to be seen how much of a change these Promoted Posts will have on Facebook’s overall landscape.
Do you think Facebook should offer a paid Promoted Posts feature to their users?