Image: Mashable/ Facebook


BY JASMINE BAILEY


If you’ve got a few words for Mark Zuckerberg, you better have some cash too. One hundred dollars to be exact. HLN has more.


“Facebook is testing paid messages which allow you to contact people which you don’t have a direct connection to. For $100, Mark Zukerberg will see your message in his inbox.”


Without that extra fee your note will end up in his “other” mailbox.


The “Other” mailbox is rarely checked and most users don't even know it exists. It’s a practice intended to protect from spam. And in relation to the messaging charges a spokesperson from Facebook said:


We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam.”


Zuckerberg isn’t the only social network hot shot that will cost some money to message. There’s also a charge for contacting Facebook’s COO, CFO and other users with a high number of subscribers. But as KTVU reports, the big names aren’t the only people you’ll have to pull out your wallet for. A new fee might also apply to messaging anyone you’re not friends with.


“The company also says it is testing a plan to let people pay one dollar to get messages into the inboxes of people who are not famous.”


And a writer for CNN Money points out—
“The messaging fee is one of several new revenue streams Facebook is testing out. The company has traditionally drawn most of its revenue from advertising sales, but its latest experiments explore generating cash directly from its 1 billion members.”


Now, it’s understandable to be a bit skeptical about the newly implemented fee; but according to The Register, Facebook could be on to something.


“The idea is that the type of users who like to send spam, hate speech, and otherwise frivolous messages typically aren't willing to pay for the privilege. Impose a fee – however small – and they probably won't bother.”


It’s not currently clear how many users are required to pay the fee at this time. Facebook confirmed that it is a small test that only involves an unspecified, limited number of users from the U.S.




 

 

Facebook To Charge $100 To Message Zuckerberg, Others

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Jan 12, 2013

Facebook To Charge $100 To Message Zuckerberg, Others

 


Image: Mashable/ Facebook


BY JASMINE BAILEY


If you’ve got a few words for Mark Zuckerberg, you better have some cash too. One hundred dollars to be exact. HLN has more.


“Facebook is testing paid messages which allow you to contact people which you don’t have a direct connection to. For $100, Mark Zukerberg will see your message in his inbox.”


Without that extra fee your note will end up in his “other” mailbox.


The “Other” mailbox is rarely checked and most users don't even know it exists. It’s a practice intended to protect from spam. And in relation to the messaging charges a spokesperson from Facebook said:


We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam.”


Zuckerberg isn’t the only social network hot shot that will cost some money to message. There’s also a charge for contacting Facebook’s COO, CFO and other users with a high number of subscribers. But as KTVU reports, the big names aren’t the only people you’ll have to pull out your wallet for. A new fee might also apply to messaging anyone you’re not friends with.


“The company also says it is testing a plan to let people pay one dollar to get messages into the inboxes of people who are not famous.”


And a writer for CNN Money points out—
“The messaging fee is one of several new revenue streams Facebook is testing out. The company has traditionally drawn most of its revenue from advertising sales, but its latest experiments explore generating cash directly from its 1 billion members.”


Now, it’s understandable to be a bit skeptical about the newly implemented fee; but according to The Register, Facebook could be on to something.


“The idea is that the type of users who like to send spam, hate speech, and otherwise frivolous messages typically aren't willing to pay for the privilege. Impose a fee – however small – and they probably won't bother.”


It’s not currently clear how many users are required to pay the fee at this time. Facebook confirmed that it is a small test that only involves an unspecified, limited number of users from the U.S.




 

 

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