This comes as a shocker to us. Facebook has announced that it will charge users for holding an account on the website. Users will get two account options – Free and Pro. Free accounts will let users post photos and links, but will have size limited to thumbnail only, big banner ads and pop-ups. Moreover, users will have to take a paid survey for each login. However, Facebook reassures that the entire process won’t take more than 10 minutes.
The Pro account will let users post, share and view videos without worrying about the size and quality. Facebook said that starting in the next few month (August – October 2011), that all users will be migrated to free accounts if they do not pay an amount, which is not disclosed as yet. Reports suggest it won’t be more than $10 per month.
As per the information available, the new paid account roll out will start with a pilot testing in U.S. wherein users will be given unlimited cloud storage to upload photos and videos. Following that, Facebook will start rolling out the paid account options across the globe.
Facebook has been drawing attention of lots of users, advertisers, companies, game developers and more. The social network already has several addictive games and is one of the biggest online advertising network on the world. Games will be free but can only be played if you buy a special gaming pack at an undisclosed price.
We know that maintaining such a heavy user base and implementing innovation for masses isn’t really a cost-effective strategy. However, charging users for holding accounts is a bit too much we think. Surely, they make enough through advertising sales to not charge people for storage space?
We hope that Facebook reconsider charging a fee for profile storage especially, following the launch of Google + (Google’s popular answer to Facebook). Let’s watch this space.
UPDATE: August 16th 2011
Facebook rumours continue to grow. Facebook – still are yet to confirm rumours… we wait…
UPDATE: August 2011 – September 1st 2011
Facebook Groups are created to stand up against charges and fees :
The continuing Web rumour about Facebook starting to charge users began with a hoax message rolling out and spreading virally, shortly after the site introduced the Timeline and Ticker, claiming that the users will have to pay for the new profile changes.
Many of us have seen this chain message:
“THIS IS OFFICIAL… IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS… FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES… IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON, IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY!!”
While the chain message’s origin is unknown, this is not the first time Facebook has been the accused of plans to start charging for membership fees.
UPDATE: Tuesday 27th September 2011
“A rumour on the Internet caught our attention. We have no plans to charge for Facebook. It’s free and always will be,” declared Facebook in a post with 460,678 likes, 46,029 comments and 102,825 shares. ~ Facebook
Facebook services are ad-supported and its revenue is expected to reach $4.27 billion in 2011, according to ZDNet.
Well, that’s the update for today guys! Though Facebook has again denied it will charge users, the rumour will not die… and you know what they say about rumours… they start from somewhere!
We’ll keep you updated. But for now, it’s certified… FACEBOOK WILL NOT CHARGE.. Just yet anyway!
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