facebook paidmessage Facebook testing $1 charge for messages to strangers

Facebook is testing a feature that allows users to send messages directly to strangers for $1, potentially opening the way for other features to be locked behind micro-transactions.

Facebook is testing a feature that allows users to send messages directly to strangers for $1, potentially opening the way for other features to be locked behind micro-transactions.

 
Currently people can send messages to users not on their friends list, but they go to the Other folder rather than the Inbox, leading to many of them being lost. Now users will be able to send a message directly to a stranger's Inbox, but at the cost of $1 per message.
 
The company said its research found that a financial cost would be the best way to discourage unwanted messages, but it is also implementing some restrictions to prevent spam, such as a maximum limit of receiving one paid message per week, up to a total of three in a month.
 
facebook paidmessage Facebook testing $1 charge for messages to strangers
 
This should help prevent celebrities, for example, being bombarded with messages, but it also presents a problem in that only those who manage to get their message sent at the beginning of a month may be able to communicate in this way with people. We would expect the restrictions will be loosened in the future, both for the convenience of users, but also for more profit for Facebook.
 
When users first visit Facebook, the sign-up page states: “It's free and always will be.” While the core service is indeed free, many users may fear that this trial will lead to them having to pay to use the social network, or at least some of its essential features.
 
The service, which is similar to one used by LinkedIn, is being trialled with a small group of people in the US. There are no immediate plans for tests in other regions like Europe.
 
Source: BBC