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Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg 228

iComp writes with a story about how it will cost you $100 to message Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. "Got something you'd like to say to Mark Zuckerberg? The Facebook CEO still maintains a profile on the social networking site he founded, but beginning on Friday, sending him a personal message could cost you. Mashable was the first to notice that some users who weren't otherwise on the Behoodied One's Friends list were being asked to pony up before they could send a message to his Inbox, to the tune of $100 a pop. As El Reg reported in December, Facebook has been conducting a limited test of a feature that requires users to pay a fee to send messages to people with whom they have no direct connection. The idea is that the type of users who like to send spam, hate speech, and otherwise frivolous messages typically aren't willing to pay for the privilege. Impose a fee – however small – and they probably won't bother."
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Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg

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  • Re:funny (Score:5, Informative)

    by Trepidity ( 597 ) <> on Sunday January 13, 2013 @04:21PM (#42576537)

    My guess is that this is some kind of clumsy way of trying to get in on the LinkedIn gravy train. LinkedIn has a setup where you have to pay for a premium account to be able to message people you aren't directly connected to, and they actually pull in quite a bit of cash through that, because recruiters and various other kinds of businesspeople will pony up to send those messages.

  • Re:Thanks! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 13, 2013 @04:41PM (#42576667)

    I'll just use e-mail instead.

    or just dial the weasel directly...

    (650) 543-4800 x9825

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 13, 2013 @06:15PM (#42577187)

    Because you can say that only the named recipient can sign for the mail by adding restricted delivery. It is not uncommon for legal documents to be sent certified with adult delivery and restricted delivery certified. That way you can get the best shot of saying that the service rules were satisfied (only if personal service fails) because the certified mail with adult delivery can be signed for by any adult who lives at the address and with restricted delivery, they will make multiple attempts to deliver to the named addressee before sending it back and only that addressee can sign for it (or their designated agent at a large business and other certain places but you can get around that by sending it to their home because they usually forget to set one for there).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 13, 2013 @07:10PM (#42577529)

    "most used" and "best" are not necessarily the same thing.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato