If Facebook Started Charging For Its Services, Would You Keep Using It?
Last week a recycled hoax did the rounds claiming that Facebook would charge for access to the new profile and all new bits that it will be introducing as part of a major overhaul.
Of course there are a lot of gullible people out there and some fell for it, going into a blind panic. There were some Facebook groups opened and loads of messages sent around. Who falls for a message that says this, really?
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.”
This had me thinking, though. What if Facebook woke up tomorrow and said they would start charging you for using the site? How many people would pay for it? Would you pay for status updates, uploading photos,basic communication, and all that other stuff?
It is easy to say no, but everyone knows that the Facebook model is hard to monetize because of its social nature, or it being at least sold as such. It is the venture capitalists who give it a sense of substance on the basis of its service provision. It is never going to make mega-bucks from advertising and the lot, stuff that is based on the free model.
So supposing that we started paying for the actual provision of service, would it be such an unreasonable thing for Facebook to do? Or are we likely to resist bit because the word Internet is synonymous with the word free?
I don’t know. I probably would pay for a lot of services on the net but given that I actually can’t because you are unable to use payment services from Zimbabwe, it might be an issue.
But for Facebook, I am not sure.
Tell us what you think.