PEOPLE CATALOGUE Facebook is testing an option that will let its users pay to get more attention.
The web site where people share information about themselves is testing an option that offers more promotion of their posts in return for a small fee.
The fee for the virtual megaphone is $2 and could be used for pressure groups with a cause they want to promote. At least that is what we would like to imagine. Frequent use by attention seeking people with new shoes that they want to show off is probably more realistic.
Facebook has confirmed the trial, saying that it regularly tries out new features on its users. "We're constantly testing new features across the site," said a spokesperson. "This particular test is simply to gauge people's interest in this method of sharing with their friends."
Testing options without telling people can lead to some confusion, and when the cash for attention feature was first highlighted, New Zealand web site Stuff.co.nz considered it to be a scam.
A screenshot shows the "highlight a post web page" where users can pay to promote their posts for as little as $2, payable by Paypal or credit card. µ
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