Facebook testing feature that makes all your friends see your status update if you pay $2
Are you finding yourselves annoyed by the various people who’ve wormed their way into your Facebook without really being your friend? It might get worse: A new program being tested by the company would allow users to promote a status to all of their friends for just two dollars.
As part of the ongoing process to improve revenues while the social media behemoth moves towards its IPO, the new service called “Highlight” would allow users to post a status to ensure all of their friends see it.
Typically, status updates rise to the top of your feed based on an algorithm based on recency of the update combined with data determining how important the user is to you on Facebook.
Previous research shows that only 12% of your friends see your average status update.
In an official statement, Facebook says, “We’re constantly testing new features across the site. This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends.”
The odds of this quickly degenerating into people paying the price of half a cup of coffee to post “LOL Tom has a tiny penis” have to be somewhere in the neighborhood of -1,273,645:1.