Get ready for this pressing question Mom and Dad…
“Mommmmmmmmmmmmm, can I have $15. I need to send Justin Bieber a message on Facebook!”
It’s going to happen. If you really love a celebrity, you can pony up the dough to send them a message on Facebook. Does that mean they will check it? My body tells me no (this was actually a Young the Giant quote from their song “My Body” and if you got that give yourself a pat on the back and send me a Facebook message while it is still free so we can be friends). My hunch is really no, though. Perhaps they will have a designated team on this to reply so that they can make the extra money. That would be the smart move. I would think that most people would assume that a response from the celebrity would not actually come from them, however, had I received a letter back from the Spice Girls (You’re darn right I sent them a fan letter in 5th grade) I would be stoked enough to lie to myself that it was really from them.
So for artists like the Biebs with lots of young naive fans, this service is great!
But, paying to send messages will also apply to people who aren’t famous. Apparently this will cut down on spam. I don’t get spam messages. I have less than 200 friends though, so perhaps if you have more than this is an issue. They already have created the “Others” folder, where messages from people who aren’t your friends already go, which you might not have known about. (You should go check this out now, I bet you have messages). But what if I am looking for a roommate and want to send someone a message, I don’t want to pay for that. Or, what if I am planning a surprise party and have to message a friend’s friend? I don’t want to pay for that. I like the fact that Facebook is free. I think that is how it should always be. I don’t send messages to people very often, especially because now I just assume it will go into their Others folder and they will never see it. I personally don’t see the benefit of having to pay to send messages, aside from money for Facebook.
More info: http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2013/04/08/facebook-extends-charging-and-that-is-good/