Here’s a question to seriously consider, would you pay $100 to send Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a message? I guess that would depend on how much you want your voice heard. Just last week, Facebook announced that they were testing out a new feature that would allow users to pay $1 to send a message to someone who’s not on their friends list. But what if one of those people are a celebrity or even the founder of Facebook himself? Mashable reported today, that users who tried to send Zuckerberg a message during the trial were present with the option to send him a message, only they’d have to pay $100, not the standard $1 fee. According to Facebook, this is correct as they are trying to test certain prices points to avoid issues with spam.
While it’s a nice theory on paper, the question is, who sets your price? Why should celebrities and famous tech CEOs be the only ones with a high dollar amount? What if I want to be protected as well? If Facebook were to allow its users to set their own fee, it may also help some of us from receiving unwanted spam too. If they don’t, then I want the option to withdrawal from the service, I don’t want anyone, paying a fee or not, to contact me if they aren’t a friend.
With Zuckerberg’s sister going crazy recently over a photo of her family being posted on Twitter, because it violated her privacy, how is she going to feel when someone with enough cash to burn, decides to start sending her messages, annoying her and invading her privacy again? To me, this is just a lame excuse to make money at the cost of someone else’s expense and privacy. Count me out.