Facebook has decided to turn the rumors arising time to time into reality. Facebook has started charging for its messaging service, the same service which fb claims would slowly replace the email system, is in testing phase as of now. So, if you want to send a message to a non-facebook friend , no matter if you know the person personally, then a pop up will show asking you to pay 1 dollar or a quarter pounds. And if you pay you message will end in the inbox of the receiver or else in the other folder. Maybe the Linkedin Direct mail sevice inspired them to do something like this.
What facebook thinks is that by imposing charge they will be able to control spam. In their own words:
"Several commentators and researchers have noted that imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful.
"If you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with,or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox. For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an mportant message to send them."
Several report fear that this will just increase the spamming and are worried that facebook would be storing credit card details.
Facebook has already pissed many of its users by not allowing them to send friend request to the persons they know just because fb thinks they have no friends in common or have few mutual friends . It would be nice to see how users react to new money making funda if it becomes a full fledged service.