Facebook isn’t charging for poking and liking a photo is still free on the social networking site.
But these days, sending a private message to someone can cost anywhere from $1 to $100- if you’re sending to someone like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that is
We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam,” said a Facebook spokeswoman.
Last month, Facebook introduced "paid messages," a feature where users pay a $1 fee to have their private message sent to an individual's "strict filtering inbox" instead of an obscure "other" inbox. Before the change, Facebook users were allowed to send a private message free to someone they didn't know or weren't connected with.
"Several commentators and researchers have noted that imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful," Facebook said in a Dec
Facebook told ABCNews.com that the $100 private message offer is an experiment not just with Zuckerberg but to those with a significant number of subscribers. Remember, subscribers are people who aren't your friends but can view the content you share with them because they follow you. Facebook calls these subscribers a broader group of friends.
"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," said Facebook. "If you select strict filtering, you'll see mostly messages from friends in your inbox."
Since reaching 1 billion users last October, the social network giant has been revamping its privacy settings and changing the look and feel of the Facebook experience online and in mobile devices.