For $1 Anyone Will Be Able to Send You a Facebook Message
Facebook is currently testing a service that would allow anyone to bypass privacy settings and send a message to your inbox if they pay $1.
The service will allow any user to send messages straight to the inbox of strangers, even celebrities (it costs more), although there is no guarantee the message will be read by the recipient.
Testing for pay messages will take several months in order to collect data about its popularity and to check on abuse.
"The system of paying to message non-friends in their inbox is designed to prevent spam while acknowledging that sometimes you might want to hear from people outside your immediate social circle,” Facebook said in a statement.
Usually, if a sender is not in the recipient’s network their message will go into an “Other” folder, instead of the inbox.
Facebook said it will put a cap on how many of these messages a person can receive, and that the sender will only get to pay to reach your inbox one time.
The social media site also says that pay messages cannot be sent to minors. However, because so many minors on Facebook say they are older than they really are, it's going to be interesting to see how that is handled.
As for celebrities, this phase should help establish pricing. “We are testing a number of price points in the UK and other countries to establish the optimal fee that signals importance," the statement said.
Mashable reports sending a message to Mark Zuckerberg himself could cost $100.
“This is still a test and these prices are not set in stone,” the statement noted.
The “inbox delivery test” will be given to a select group of U.S. Facebook users. According to CNN, businesses will not yet be allowed to use the service.