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Stalkers on Facebook, start saving

If you're tired of receiving spam or 'creepy' messages, you may soon be in luck. If you're the one sending 'creepy' messages, pay up.

April 9, 2013 12:18 by



This leads me right back to my colleague – who by the way is not a journalist. Still, slightly bewildered, I reassuringly (as though I myself was reassured) explained that Facebook says their main motive behind this would be to discourage creeps (apologies for the derogatory term) and strangers from messaging people outside of their friend list.

“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. “We are testing a number of price points in the UK and other countries to establish the optimal fee that signals importance.”

In a nutshell; if somebody is a friend of yours, add them and I’m sure they’d be happy to accept. If not, then you have to pay for it, so whatever you want to say better be worth it.

“It’s not that I’m against the idea or anything, because I think it could be useful,” my colleague said, still amused. “It’s just that it’s a weird concept to have to pay anything on Facebook. It feels strange, like an obvious method of making money.”

You see, because Mark (that’s his first name, shame on you for not knowing) decided early on that ‘it’s all about the users’ and ‘what makes the users happy’, he’s set a high standard of expectations among us. I’m sure he had the best intentions early on – until he quickly learned, like many of us do, that we must resign to the corporate world and bow down to advertisers and their wishes. Interestingly enough, during a recent wired.com interview, Zuckerberg was asked whether he would please the users over the advertisers. “That’s the only thing that matters,” he said.

Facebook is a business. I think the sooner we all (and I mean all of us) start to accept that the less we will resist any and every time the social network decides to make minor or major changes.



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