Soon you have to pay some money to contact celebrities or people who are not in your friends list. Facebook is currently testing an option that lets you pay a fee to contact celebrities and people with a large number of followers.
The website has already started charging its British users. They are testing a sliding scale system in which users are charged up to £10 to message celebrities and others outside their circle of friends.Under the trial scheme, it costs 71p to send a standard message on the social networking site.But the fees vary depending on the popularity of the recipient, with a current maximum charge of £10.68 to contact celebrities such as Olympic diver Tom Daley.
This test will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message routed to the Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with
Facebook calls it a small experiment and said that it will determine the relevancy of a message to the user, if the sender is a stranger.
The website also added “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. We are testing a number of price points in the UK and other countries to establish the optimal fee that signals importance.”
After a “successful” trial in the US, Facebook has decided to expand this feature in other part of the globe.