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Associated Press1 hr 7 mins ago


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it is testing a service that will charge users $1 to guarantee that messages they send to people they are not connected to arrive in users' inboxes, rather than in an often-ignored folder called "other."

Launched in 2011, the "other" folder is where Facebook routes messages it deems less relevant. Not quite spam, these include messages from people you most likely don't know, based on Facebook's reading of your social connections. Many users ignore this folder.

Now, users will be able to pay $1 to route their messages to non-friends. Facebook said Thursday that it is testing the service with a small percentage of individuals — not businesses — in the U.S.

"For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with, or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox," Facebook said in an online post. "For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them."

The company says charging for messages could help discourage spammers.

In October, Facebook unveiled another feature that lets users pay if they want more people to read their updates. For $7, users can promote a post to their friends, just as advertisers do.

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Or why not look them up on google and find their email address? If you're a headhunter, chances are you'll start with LinkedIn. If you're networking, chances are the speaker will have a professional website.

This idea, while it'll make FB a tiny bit of money, has no other valuable purpose. It's not like businesses will use it - they have their Pages option; it's not like citizens will use it - there's a lot of other options to get personal contact information.

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Hmmm, just checked and apparently I have an 'Other' folder with 44 messages in it, all from my buddies' bands over the last ~2 years ...

Quite a few of them were choked that I missed their shows, parties, etc. ... Thanks Facebook!

People can add me to groups without my permission, but that's fine. Messages from friends? Not important ...

Good times not had by all ...

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Same here only not as many messages. Here's one I missed out on and I'm a little puzzled about it as I don't have any specific Canuck connections on FB

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Is this where we start to get bulk folders in our facebook message system to start filtering spam we have no choice of getting? Oh, but before I forget.. this would bypass security settings if we have it so non-friends cannot message us.

This kind of stupidity is why I removed Myspace following their major overhauls. Facebook obviously wants me to do the same. Following the Timeline disaster it's amazing they would start doing this stuff.

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