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Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Social Networks |

Facebook testing system that leaves strangers pay to send a message

Facebook testing system that leaves strangers pay to send a message

announced today changes to its messaging filters, as well as a test to see if people would be willing to pay to send a message when you are not their friend on Facebook.

While most Facebook messages arrive in your inbox within the social network, there is a portion that ends hidden in the “other” that many users do not even know. Some selected by Facebook users now have the possibility to send a message to someone who is not your friend, and that message will reach your Inbox – but only if you pay a small fee in return.

All messages from friends, or friends of friends, keep coming free.

The test is another example of attempts to Facebook to find innovative sources of income, but may also serve to reduce spam – pay for sending millions of messages that would surely make business less profitable.

The social network of Mark Zuckerberg is not the only one who has had such an idea. LinkedIn does not allow you to send a message to anyone if you have no connection with it, unless you’re paying a premium, which entitles you to send 25 emails per month to people you’re not connected.

“This test is designed for situations where social and algorithmic signals are not sufficient. For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but you’re not his friend, or if you want to send a message to someone on a job, you can use this feature to reach your Inbox. For those who receive the message, this test allows you to listen to people who have an important message to send, “says Facebook.

Would you pay for sending a message online?

Link: Facebook Testing Service to let strangers pay to message you (The Verge)

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