For some time now, Facebook has experimented with charging one dollar for private messages and expressed that they may be trying other price ranges. Only, it’s doubtful anyone was expecting a price this steep. For new “unfiltered” private messages, Facebook is charging one hundred dollars. Mashable has more:
We knew Facebook was eager for new revenue streams. We just didn’t know they were this eager.
If you try to send founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg a message on Facebook, Mashable discovered Thursday, the social network may offer to keep the message out of his “Other” Inbox—for a cool $100.
In our tests from multiple accounts, it appeared to be the case that users only get this message if they’re not one of Zuck’s 16 million followers. That, however, could still be coincidental.
Keen Facebook observers will recognize this as a variant on the $1 pay-to-message plan that the social network has been experimenting with for months. The company indicated at the time that it would be experimenting with other prices, so it’s possible we’re starting to see the fruits of that.
There were sporadic reports in December of Facebook charging various people $100 for the service, but this is the first time we’ve seen it — and certainly the first time we’ve seen it applied to the founder.
The “Other” inbox is Facebook’s dumping ground for all messages it guesses you won’t want to read urgently. It’s been controversial for some time, as most users are entirely unaware of its existence—and many have been known to discover messages they really wish they’d read at the time, such as job offers.
Read more on Mashable.