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Facebook Messages: Would You Pay To Send Messages To Non-Friends?

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(Photo by: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

(CBS Charlotte) — Lookout Facebook users, there may be a fee involved the next time you send a Facebook message to someone who isn’t on your friends list.

Back in December 2012, Facebook announced that they would start charging Facebook users $1 to send a message to other Facebook users who they are not connected to. The $1 charge was launched on a trial basis, however, it appears to be affecting more and more Facebook users. Therefore, if you haven’t seen this message yet, don’t feel left out…chances are you will see it soon. I saw it for the first time yesterday, and was slightly perplexed as this was the one Facebook update that I didn’t hear about.

Facebook users still have the option to not pay the fee, however, without paying the $1 charge, messages sent to non Facebook friends may be routed to their “other” folder instead of their inbox. The “other” folder? Yes, it’s the folder that many Facebook users don’t even know they have — or even if they know about the “other” folder, they rarely check it — or they ignore it completely. Facebook created the “other” folder in 2011. It’s similar to the spam folder in your email account — it’s where unimportant or spam-like messages hibernate.

And just when you think Facebook couldn’t have any more tricks up their sleeves, the company also announced in December 2012 that they plan to fiddle around with the pricing — which may explain why it was reported that Facebook is charging $100 to route messages to Mark Zuckerberg’s (the CEO of Facebook) inbox. Just a little side-note, we sent Zuckerberg a Facebook message, and to our surprise, the message was sent and we were not prompted to pay $100.

I wonder if Zuckerberg checks his “other” folder?

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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