Just heard Facebook will start a new service and charge $1. What is that service? This $1 will guarantee that messages you send to people who are not connected will receive your messages in their inbox and not in the “other” folder. This is $1 per message. Facebook says this is “only a small experiment”.
First of all, why should I want to pay $1 and send a message to an unknown stranger? Or, why should I want to read a message send to me by an unknown stranger? I think this is a stupid idea.
I think Facebook thinks it can re-write years of email use and behavior. May be it will be successful. There are lot of suckers in this world.
What happened to their slogan “it is free and always will be”?
There is a reason for this experiment. If someone unfriended you, you can write to them directly and ask why. You can pay $1 and continue to bug your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend.
Finally, how does the sender know that I actually read his message. As always, I have a brilliant idea. If an unknown stranger pays $1 to send a message to me, and if I open that message I should get 50 cents. If I don’t open that message, Facebook can keep the $1. They can keep $1 because they DID deliver this message to me. Facebook can show in their report how many messages were sent and how many were opened. This will encourage more people to send more messages and more people to open and read them.
What do you think?