Facebook tests charging $1 to route messages to inbox rather than oft-ignored 'other' folder

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 20, 2012 - 7:57 PM
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callmeronDec. 20, 12 6:34 PM

"Launched in 2011, the "other" folder is where Facebook routes messages it deems less relevant. Not quite spam, these include messages from people you most likely don't know..." Basically, Facebook has been putting in place policies to restrict connecting with people in an attempt to get people to pay for the service which Facebook touts as "It’s free and always will be". When you make a friend request, you are putting someone on the spot. Do they approve you when they haven't spoken to you for a long time or do they risk hurting feelings by denying the friend request? Maybe I worked with someone 15 years ago and I want to say "hi" but not make a friend request and put them on the spot? Facebook now buries the message in an "often-ignored folder called 'other'" and wants me to pay to make sure the person sees it? What a joke.

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mnmaidDec. 20, 12 8:56 PM

@Callmeron: There is the option to "subscribe" to a person, which allows you to follow their posts and comment on or "like" their posts, too, just like you can with "friends", but without having to make a "friend" request, but charging for anything will not fly. There really isn't enough on Facebook that's worth paying for. Nobody's posts are important enough to pay $7 for anybody to see, and why would I pay for messages from unimportant people?

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hillie33Dec. 20, 12 9:03 PM

Facebook continues to ruin what made it great in order to make a few bucks. 5 years from now Facebook will be going through the same fate as Myspace did 5 years ago.

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ihave2beniceDec. 20, 1210:12 PM

The company says charging for messages could help discourage spammers. It will discourage at least one user from using facebook.

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