Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Could facebook become a fee based service?

A conservative estimate claims that 85% of people in the US between the ages of 13 and 60 have a facebook account, and according to the facebook facts page there are now over 750 million active users worldwide, which is almost 10% of the global population.
A potential new logo for facebuck
Facebook may become Facebuck

Just imagine if facebook started a 'premium' service and charged just a minuscule $1 per month for access. That would be $750M per month which after 12 months would amount to a staggering $9 billion.

There are some unfounded rumors that Mr. Zuckerburg and company have been considering levying a fee for certain aspects of facebook, including the new video chat function, which was added thanks to a partnership with Skype.

References to the name facebuck suggest that a fee based tier may be introduced, but what would it be called in other countries? The UK could be logging on to facepound, Mexicans would be networking on facepeso and many Scandinavians would be facekrona addicts. Somehow these just don't have the same ring.

Non-subscribers could be subject to friend caps and usage constraints as well as other restrictions including access to popular games such as Farmville or Sims Social.

As yet we have not had received a formal statement from anybody at facebook, but the unofficial consensus from the social network juggernaut is that there are no plans to charge for any aspect of their service.
A Succubus
My spellchecker is such a tease
Incidentally, while spellchecking this post, Zuckerburg was highlighted and the word Succubus was suggested in it's place. Weird.

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