How much would you pay to have your message sent across to Mark Zuckerberg and for it not to get lost in the countless messages he gets? $10? $20? Well, Facebook seems to think $100 is a fair amount.
The folks over at Mashable have spotted a new option that Facebook is reportedly testing that will let users send Mark Zuckerberg a message for $100 and in return they get the assurance it lands in Zuckerberg's "real" Inbox, and not the "Other" folder.
Last month, Facebook had introduced an option that lets people pay to message "non-Friends". The Facebook Messages test, limited to the United States, lets a sender pay a dollar to make sure an electronic missive is routed to someone's "Inbox" even when the person isn't in their circle of friends. The Facebook messaging system deflects seemingly unwanted correspondence into an "Other" folder that can be ignored.
When the system was launched, Facebook said it wanted to determine whether adding a "financial signal" improves its formula for delivering "relevant and useful" messages to members' inboxes. Facebook already uses social cues, such as connections between friends, and algorithms that identify spam messages.
Clearly, the social network is continuing its experiment, as indicated by its statement to Mashable on the latest development: "We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam."
Question is, would you pay $100 to get in touch with anyone, even Zuck? Let us know via the comments.
With inputs from AFP