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[DM] Pay to be popular? Facebook tries system where people pay $2 to make posts appear higher in friends' news feeds

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  • Pay to be popular? Facebook tries system where people pay $2 to make posts appear higher in friends' news feeds
  • Users can pay $2 to create a 'highlighted post'
  • Posts appear higher in friends' news feeds
  • Latest in a series of efforts by social network giant to boost profitability


Facebook is testing a ‘pay to be popular’ option to make help users get noticed by their friends.

The social networking giant has begun offering some users a $2 feature called ‘Highlight’ to ensure their posts are seen by more people.

It's the latest in a sequence of money-making efforts from the social-network giant in an effort to reassure investors before its flotation on the stock market.

Yesterday, Facebook unveiled an app store, where users can pay for apps for the first time.

Recent figures show only 12% of Facebook friends see an average status update.

And what do you know? They just lost another user: To delete your account click here and to read the source, click here

I used to like Mark. He seemed to be different, largely unaffected by the money. I mean only a couple of years ago he actually bought a house, the one before was rented. And it's only a small 3 bedroom. He walks to work everyday... like millions of others.

Now though it seems that he has finally lost the plot...
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Wow...just wow.
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They must have noticed all the "subscribe to me to get 2OOO+ friend request" posts that have been going around Facebook for the last few months.
    
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I'm surprised it took this long.
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Don't see how this is a problem.
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Was expecting this.
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Don't see how this is a problem.

Chances are most of the status updates are going to be something stupid like "I just ate a tomato"
    
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Chances are most of the status updates are going to be something stupid like "I just ate a tomato"

Or "happy Christmas people smile.gif" or "I'm a proud daddy now biggrin.gif"

Not everyone is that shallow.
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If people want to waste their money on things like this, go ahead. laugher.gif

If people are constantly posting obnoxious news items you can always just block them or un-friend them. I don't see this affecting my usage of FB in the slightest.
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Doesn't really affect me. I'll never use it, and if my friends use it, then all power to them. Most businesses want to make more money, and if they decided this was better than charging everyone $X for doing Y then I win. This would have been a neat feature to announce my engagement though. biggrin.gif
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