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Facebook Wants To Charge You $7 To Post A Status

Remember when Facebook said "Facebook is free and always will be." They lied.
After a troublesome few months, Facebook today announced new charges for users, just for updating their status.

Changes announced yesterday (3rd October) by Facebook allowed US Facebook users with less than 5000 friends and subscribers to pay the company $7 to promote their status to all of their friends and subscribers.

Facebook's Abhishek Doshi wrote; “Sometimes a particular friend might not notice your post, especially if a lot of their friends have been posting recently and your story isn’t near the top of their feed. When you promote a post you bump it higher in news feed so your friends and subscribers are more likely to notice it.” (Read full announcement here)

Does this mean however that if you don't pay to promote your post that nobody will see it? Will users who don't pay for their post to be promoted see a change in who sees their posts and for how long? Similar changes have been brought in for some larger brand Pages, where they pay a promotional fee to reach their full audience and sometimes reach outside of their "fans" in Sponsored posts.
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Facebook is considering a number of different prices and the $7 figure is likely to change after this US test. This is another option Facebook is looking into to try and make money outside of advertising and Facebook games such as Farmville. Facebook spokesman Johnathan Thaw said "Facebook has offered paid products - virtual gifts, virtual goods in games, sponsored stories, ads - for years, and still remains free. This doesn't change that," said Thaw.

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Now that businesses have started paying for their posts, it pushes the edge rank down of the ones who aren’t paying. Pretty soon when you log into Facebook you are just going to see advertised posts from business that you don’t care about , and now “friends” who are paying to be in your newsfeed. Your real friends who aren’t paying for the privilege of posting on Facebook may just be buried beneath all the noise.

Which begs the question, why would you want to log in to Facebook anymore?


What are you thoughts on the coming changes to Facebook? Leave a comment below.

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