Facebook will let its billion users send a message directly to its boss, Mark Zuckerberg, but only if you pay $100 for the privilege. Facebook called the Zuckerberg price point an "extreme" test to "see what works to filter spam."
Mashable stumbled upon the cash for reaching Zuckerberg deal, and it said that it got the same response from a range of accounts. None of them were one of Zuckerberg's 16 million followers, and the report suggests that this might be a coincidence.
The idea that the Social Network could charge for access to its users' inboxes have been floating around for a little while now. In December Facebook said that it was updating its messaging tools and running a test that would see a charge put in place to discourage spamming.
"Today we're starting a small experiment to test the usefulness of economic signals to determine relevance. 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," it said. "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."
Depending on what you want to say, and how many there are of you, this could be a pretty good deal. If you just want to say "Hi", then maybe you should just consider some sort of donation to charity – especially considering there's no guarantee that for $100 Zuckerberg will actually read or respond to your message.
This article was originally published on the Inquirer.
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