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[ NNSquad ] Facebook testing charging users to deliver messages

Facebook testing charging users to deliver messages

http://j.mp/WsRF4X  (Reuters)

   "Today we're starting a small experiment to test the usefulness of
   economic signals to determine relevance," Facebook said. "This test
   will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message
   routed to the 'Inbox' rather than the 'Other' folder of a recipient
   that they are not connected with."  A Facebook spokesman said the
   charge for the test is $1 per message, but added that the company is
   still looking for the "optimum" price. Users can only receive one of
   these paid, re-routed messages per week, he noted.

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In other words, "I don't know you, I don't want to know you, I don't
care about you, but so long as you pay Facebook, I gotta see your
message anyway."

Granted, this is a limited test with certain testing restraints, but
the whole concept that Facebook is moving in this direction is
(typically for Facebook) problematic.

Man, I'm glad I don't do Facebook.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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