Facebook Tests Paid Messages to Your Inbox

Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 4:55 PM ET
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Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow users to pay $1 to send a message to a stranger's inbox.

Users are able to send messages to users they are not connected with on the social network for free, however, the message is delivered into the recipient's 'other' folder and not into their direct inbox. The trial feature would make it so the message is more likely to be viewed by the recipient.

"Today we announced a test that will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message routed to the Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with. This is only only for personal messages between individuals in the U.S. In this test, the number of messages a person can have routed from their Other folder to their Inbox will be limited to a maximum of one per week," a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC.

The paid messaging feature is still in trial-mode, but Facebook has been ramping up its paid services for users.

In October Facebook launched a service that allows users to pay to promote their personal posts. Basically users can pay $7 per post and it will bump whatever they shared to higher placement in their friends' news feeds. (Read More: Facebook Wants You to Pay to Promote Personal Posts )

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