There are already enough posts we don’t need to see on Facebook “Going to the bank and then the gym and wow isn’t this day great oh by the way I’m breathing and I have 23 pairs of chromosomes lol,” and now the social network is going to go ahead and let people pay to promote or highlight what they’re yakking about. Get ready for an onslaught of too much information and an army of baby updates, everyone.
BBC News says Facebook has started testing a system that will let users pay to make sure all their friends, family and coworkers see whatever very important thing is they have to say. Gotta brag about those Bejeweled Blitz scores, y’all.
The tests are reportedly being carried out among users in New Zealand, to see if there would be enough interest among users to go forward with the idea.
This news is coming out of a New Zealand news magazine called Stuff, that says a user discovered the new system in a magical sounding placed called Whangarei, and Facebook confirmed the news to the BBC.
“We’re constantly testing new features across the site,” said the spokesperson. “This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends.”
There would be a range of charges assessed to get your post more visible, with the highest being around $2. Payments could be made with a credit card or PayPal. Some methods would trigger a charge to highlight a post, while others being tested would allow for a post to be highlighted for free.
Get ready, everyone. I’ve got some cat pictures I know you’ve all been just dying to see.
Facebook tests ‘pay to promote post’ tool [BBC News]