You know how annoying it is to miss a personal message on Facebook because it got sent to your “Others” folder that you never knew existed until now? Well, things are about to get a lot more annoying because Facebook is experimenting on a new feature that allows total strangers to pay to send a message directly to your inbox.
According to a Facebook blog post earlier today, it is testing out a new service which allows non-connect users to pay to spam send message to your inbox instead of that Other folder. It’s a “small experiment to test the usefulness of economic signals to determine relevance” and just in case you’re worried about spam, Facebook hopes that by putting a price on sending message directly to the inbox, it will discourage unwanted messages and “facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful”.
Don’t worry too much though, for now, the experiment is only for personal messages between individuals in the U.S. so we should be spared from all those enlargement messages we don’t care about. For now. I hope it never pulls through, if it’s that important, send an email, I personally wouldn’t take private messages from a social network seriously.
Check out Facebook’s Blog to find out what’s new in their messaging service.