Facebook Experiments with Messaging Strangers for a Fee

December 21st, 2012 at 5:43 am

Facebook may have backpedaled on its recently-updated terms of service on Instagram, but it did not stop the social networking giant from introducing new ways to earn a buck or two at the expense of its users.

On its official blog, Facebook has announced that it is “experimenting” with the idea of allowing parties to send messages directly to users they are not connected with. This “small experiment,” according to Facebook, is to “test the usefulness of economic signals to determine relevance.”

And by “economic,” the social media company is suggesting that it would ask for fees as little as $1 for the sender to “facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful.” Facebook claims it has developed this strategy after consulting with “several commentators and researchers.”

This message routing feature is currently for personal messages between users in the United States. It remains unclear what will become of this service after testing phase.

Source: Facebook, via Engadget


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