Want to message Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook? It will only cost $100 to do so if you're not among those on his friends list. That's the latest on the social media site's plan to charge for messages sent to "non-friends." Apparently, there's going to be some very important "non-friends" in terms of the amounts charged, at least during the testing phase.
A report from CNN Money on Jan. 11 indicates that Facebook revealed its plan back in December to start testing out a message system with charges attached. It's now being reported that certain individuals including the Facebook CEO, COO Sheryl Sandburg, CFO David Ebersman and others will carry a $100 price tag. Same goes for Digg founder Kevin Rose.
The main aim of charging so much? To try to "filter spam." Facebook wants to cut down on spammers hitting the inboxes of its members, and apparently it really wants to do so for those who work for Facebook itself. This messaging system is just one of a few new systems being tested in an effort to monetize the site.
Another new system launched ahead of the 2012 holiday season called "Facebook Gifts." With this service, Facebook provided suggested gift ideas for Facebook users to pay for and send to friends. Another feature, "Promote," allows users to pay a $7 charge to broadcast any important pictures or announcements from their feed.
These latest technologies are continued efforts by the company to provide a better revenue structure, as it's been questioned just how profitable Facebook is when compared to other tech companies, such as Google. Currently, Facebook stock sits at $31.72 a share as of Friday, Jan. 11.