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Facebook $1 Fee Being Tested Out As Way To Send Messages To Strangers

Facebook $1 Fee Being Tested Out As Way To Send Messages To Strangers

Facebook could soon have $1 fee for users who want to send messages to people outside of their social networks.

The option for Facebook’s $1 fee is quite a full-time feature yet, as the social networking company said it’s testing it out with a small number of users. People who opt to pay the $1 fee will have their message dropped into the user’s inbox rather than an easier-to-ignore “Other” folder, PC Mag reported.

“Several commentators and researchers have noted that imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful,” Facebook said in a statement.

The Facebook $1 fee will open a conversation thread with a non-Facebook friend, but any subsequent replies won’t cost users anything. The catch is that if the person moves the message to the Other or Spam folder, the sender won’t be able to contact them again.

Many users didn’t even know the Other folder existed until a high-profile incident this summer, PC Mag noted. A bug in certain mobile devices accidentally synched a user’s email address so that messages from friends went to the Facebook inbox while messages from anyone else went to Other.

If successful, the Facebook $1 fee could give the company a new source or revenue, CNET reported. This is already the way the business networking site LinkedIn uses its InMail service, so social media users would not be surprised or to see a fee-for-service model arise in Facebook.

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14 Responses to “Facebook $1 Fee Being Tested Out As Way To Send Messages To Strangers”

  1. Rocky Johnson

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  2. Nathan Charles

    I would either never send a message that would charge me, or I would just try to friend that person AND THEN send them messages for free. This $1 charge thing is not the way to resolve the problem. People will figure out a way around it.

  3. Hillary Hodel

    But, who really sends emails to people from FB that aren't their "friends?" Unless it's spam.

  4. Nathan Charles

    I do. If I haven't seen them in a while or I'm not sure if they are the right person, I send them a little "How ya doin; it's me" email. It's better than just sending a friend invite to someone who might think it a bit of an assumption, especially if they don't recognize me.

  5. Dee Donovan

    I've actually sent messages to people I was not yet friends with in order to determine whether or not they were who I thought they were before troubling them with a friend request, or, if I had a comment or question, the answer to which would determine whether or not becoming a "friend" was even logical. I sure wouldn't pay a dollar to do it. However, IF I were mass-marketing/spamming, and I had good targeted/demographic data, I may still opt to pay it. So, effectively, it will weed out innocent pings as well as low-end spammers… In any event, the slippery slope is upon us. Next thing you know they'll be putting commercials on tv you have to pay for!

  6. Lesley Anne Burton

    And of course, Facebook is only doing it to protect us from unwanted messages, not to make money! Yeah right! Who cares if you get a message in your other folder, just delete it if you want.

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