Facebook charges $100 to send a message, apparently

Facebook’s reach is enormous, but for an average user their reach is decidedly more limited. Messaging someone you don't have as a friend will direct the message to the "Other" folder, where it can be quickly forgotten or go unseen. The social network considered charging users to direct the message to the right folder; many sites indicated a price of $1 for the message. You may also remember the service allowing you to pay for status promotion.

Television talent agent Micah Johnson got a rather cool $100 charge for the functionality. Maybe it’s a spoof site? Nope; the picture below shows that it isn’t.

$100 (£62 / €76) is a bit pricey for some text, but we're curious to see how many people will pay if asked. Having tried to send a message to a nonexistent email address I was not prompted to pay up, possibly because it is not an address associated with an account.

Source: Geekwire
Images via Micah Johnson's Twitter
 

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What a joke, whether it's supposed to a dollar or a hundred dollars!!

I would literally laugh in the person's face who even spent a dollar to send a message, let alone tell them what kind of pickle they are!

I've never had spam neither but to be honest. You are using a service which is free, so I'm not 100% against the prices

Maybe the charge according to the OS you're running. If it's a MAC machine, they charge you $ 100.00. If it's a Windows machine, they charge you $ 1.00. And if it's a Linux variant, it's FREE!

It's obviously a altered picture. Cause I just tried to send someone a message that was not part of my facebook connection...and it said...Send this message to their inbox for $1.00.

Not $100.00. And it's not on all people...cause I just tried to message another person not on my friends list...and it came up with no charges required to message.


But nice try whoever doctored the picture.

Really not much of a news story. Anyone with Firefox and Firebug extension, or a similar addon, can do this with just a few clicks. Surprised that this made it to the front page. Not unlike some other stories I've seen on here recently though...

Juan Carlos Cancela said,
Take in consideration that $100 is not necessary $100 DOLLARS. Maybe is 100 Yens of something that equal $1 dollar.
"$" is "dollars"... If it were in Yen, then you'd probably see "100¥".

Juan Carlos Cancela said,
Take in consideration that $100 is not necessary $100 DOLLARS. Maybe is 100 Yens of something that equal $1 dollar.

You know that symbol at the front, $, that's called a dollar sign meaning the value following that symbol relates to that currency, i.e. in this case 100 dollars. £100 would be 100 pounds, €100 would be 100 euros etc.

Spirit Dave said,
That's got to be a stupid typo on Facebook's part right? lol

Has to be.
Facebook do some cheeky things but I doubt they'd try to charge that much for a direct message.

Probably a glitch! Although its gets some press so I can see why company's do this right? Now Facebook is going to rapidly go down hill. Think of all the examples of the lonely guy who is going to pay to send the girl he is in "in love" with just so he can send her a message because she wont friend him on Facebook! Money Spinner there. I can see Facebook becoming a ghost town over the next few years.

The ridiculous ways that they try and monetize Facebook are just pathetic. The website has no value as a pay site because most people view it as frivolous even if they are always on there.

It's frivolous depending upon how you use it. Most people still use it because most of their family, friends, and colleagues are there. I'm sure if tomorrow if facebook shuts down, people will definitely be lost. Most people nowadays have stopped using msn, yahoo messeger, aim in favor of facebook chat. Twitter cannot be used as a private personal social network. Google+ has both twitter and facebook features, but it is underutilized by normal friends and family. however, google+ is exceptional with brand pages and communities. If you configure your facebook account properly, then you won't have to deal with stupid games, requests, or having your personal pictures exposed. The settings are there. Facebook still works best because of the chat, private messages and wallposts. Easy to keep up with your friends and family.

Yes but people would find something else if it became too much of a burden. I don't know many people who would actually pay for Facebook.

testman said,
AFAIK they were trialling it anyway, so they're clearly testing different price scenarios.

If one Franklin is seriously thought to be a price scenario I'm having the biggest laugh right now...

GS:mac

I've got to say, I've never had a spam message on Facebook. But if there are spam messages, this would reduce them indeed.

Intrinsica said,
I've got to say, I've never had a spam message on Facebook. But if there are spam messages, this would reduce them indeed.

Same here. I don't think the problem is as widespread as Facebook is attempting to make it out to be. More likely, they are just trying to generate revenue...

Now we see the real reason they changed everybody over the facebook email addresses without asking a few months ago., and took the email address out of your profile.

Too bad for them I changed back to my normal email address, so anyone can still email me for free.

Intrinsica said,
I've got to say, I've never had a spam message on Facebook.

Then you are lucky; when previous message system was introduced (alongside with email addresses) ive found conversations that should be deleted already a year ago. When current system was introduced, ive noticed that Spam folder contains two messages - one from April 9th 2012 and another which is more interesting: dated November 11th 2011 - sent even before previous system was introduced.