By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Dec 21, 2012
Facebook Inc unveiled a test on Thursday that charges users to send certain types of messages through the social network.
Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a new option to charge users. This will apply for example to companies looking for new sources of revenue and profit through sending text messages to Facebook users they don’t know.
The users of Facebook will have to pay a one-time fee of $1 to send a message to another user’s inbox on the network whom they aren’t friends with.
In 2010, Facebook introduced “other folder”, where less relevant messages go, (like spams and message you don’t want) and with the new message routing feature, text message sent by users who are not your friends are to go to other folder, unless the sender paid to have the message delivered into your inbox.
“Today we’re starting a small experiment to test the usefulness of economic signals to determine relevance,” Facebook said in a blog post. “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.”
Facebook also recently rolled out a feature that will let individuals promote announcements to a larger group of friends for a fee of $7 per post.
With the new policy implemented by Facebook to boost its revenue, people will start to notice a few more messages in their Facebook inbox in the coming weeks from people they don’t know.
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, Facebook has become the world’s largest social network, with one billion monthly active users as of October 2012.