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Facebook Testing Out Price Points for Pay-for-Messaging

By - Source: Venturebeat | B 16 comments

You can pay Facebook $100 to send a message to Mark Zuckerberg's inbox.

How much money are you willing to pay to talk to someone famous?

According to Facebook… quite a sum of money.

Facebook is testing out its 'pay-for-messaging' scheme, setting different price points to gauge what people are willing to pay to send messages to people they don't know. Currently, you can send a message to Mark Zuckerberg for $100.

No, the 'pay-for-messaging' isn't new. Previously, Facebook allowed sending messages to unknown individuals' inboxes for $1 each. However, that opens up doors for spamming, hence why Facebook's significantly raised the price.

"We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam," said a Facebook representatives to Venturebeat.

Facebook doesn't seem to have any defined plans for the 'pay-for-messaging' scheme. Venturebeat speculated the possibility of Facebook sharing the profits with recipients.

Whatever the case, if this ends up actually becoming a thing, some celebrities are going to get a lot of messages from endearing fans.

 

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    dameon51 , January 14, 2013 1:39 PM
    This seems reasonable. Any time I message someone they're always a "facebook friend" anyways.
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    demonhorde665 , January 14, 2013 1:47 PM
    "We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam,"

    yeah and i'm gonna test charging people to say hello to me , just to filter out all the a-holes in life ..

    here is the sentence fixed

    "We are testing some extreme price points to see what morons are willing to pay us ,"
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    sheepsnowadays , January 14, 2013 1:53 PM
    If someone doesn't want to talk to me, why the hell would I pay to talk to them?
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    kingnoobe , January 14, 2013 1:55 PM
    Hey more power to them if people are willing to pay for stupid stuff.
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    sliem , January 14, 2013 2:09 PM
    Filter spam? How about $10,000 per message?
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    alvine , January 14, 2013 2:20 PM
    Put fees on event invites because I get so many of those its annoying.
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    vertigo_2000 , January 14, 2013 3:38 PM
    I have a Facebook account that I rarely use it, but this seems like an excellent way for me to ask all those celebrities the important questions that have been nagging me throughout the years. I'll finally have an avenue to ask Honey Boo Boo how she got her nickname... or Kim Kardashian if all that junk is real or surgically implanted... or just to voice my opinion over what a celebrity chose to wear or their hairdo.

    Seriously though, I see no practical purpose for this. If I have a product issue, I contact the company via their website. If I have a nagging question about a celebrity, I make an appointment with a shrink because obviously I am insane.

    Other than that, who else would I need to contact that I don't know?
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    Supercrit , January 14, 2013 3:42 PM
    Facebook desperately trying to earn money?
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    Antimatter79 , January 14, 2013 4:12 PM
    It's called Twitter and it's free, for anybody who is enough of a loser to feel the need to talk to a complete stranger just because they're a celebrity. One cool thing about geeks and nerds, we don't usually drool and fawn over celebrities enough to think we have some connection with them and need to talk to them, we don't wonder who The Woz is cheating with, what Bill Gates had for breakfast at some restaurant last week, or what Gabe Newell wore to the mall.
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    classzero , January 14, 2013 4:29 PM
    sheepsnowadaysIf someone doesn't want to talk to me, why the hell would I pay to talk to them?

    Stalkers
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    dark_wizzie , January 14, 2013 4:44 PM
    Who really cares? If people wanna pay, that's their business.
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    frank_drebin , January 14, 2013 6:16 PM
    " we are currently reviewing /revising our terms of use to see if there is any other way we can steal user content and sell it"
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    rosen380 , January 14, 2013 6:21 PM
    Why do people pay to send mail to you [who don't know you]?
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    Hellbound , January 14, 2013 7:41 PM
    hahahahahahaha...... now to find that delete facebook account option....
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    Anonymous , January 15, 2013 6:41 AM
    "Whatever the case, if this ends up actually becoming a thing, some celebrities are going to get a lot of messages from endearing fans."

    Ah, no. Some people who are managing the Facebook account of said celebrities are going to get a lot of messages. There are not that many Wil Wheatons in the world.
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    idisarmu , January 16, 2013 1:20 AM
    Filter spam? Delete the Internet!
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