Facebook announced an update to its messaging system Thursday that would include a service charge for users who want to send notes to non-friends on the social network.


The $1 fee would guarantee that messages they send to people they are not connected to arrive in users’ in-boxes  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.

So I’m sure people will go along with the changes because they’re addicted to the social network.


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