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Got something you'd like to say to Mark Zuckerberg? The Facebook CEO still maintains a profile on the social networking site he founded, but beginning on Friday, sending him a personal message could cost you. Mashable was the first to notice that some users who weren't otherwise on the Behoodied One's Friends list were being …

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Like this

Providing he and his lackeys promise not to sue based on the content, $100 to email the hooded boy-wonder my feelings about Facebook seems cheap for the amount of pleasure I'd get from the writing.

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Re: Like this

I think you might have missed the point- if someone wants to spam you, Facebook get the cash and you get spam.

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Here's a fine BBC homage to Facebook stalking... [Man hiding in bush with binoculars]: "F$^£ you Zuckerberg, I'm keeping it old-school"

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AC 01:40

I think you might've missed my point too.

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Re: AC 01:40

A bit too much AC said to AC said to AC going on there. Will the real AC please stand up?

Regardless, I think writing to Zuckerberg is a waste of time and I'd want at least $100. Charging me is certainly an insult.

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The sad thing is I bet a lot of people would happily pay $100 for an attempt at selling him ideas to invest in.

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Nicer when the fee goes to charity

Here's a variant on the model: <a href="http://www.oneleap.com">OneLeap</a> allows you to contact influential people, with a fee to stop time-wasters that goes to charity.

Maybe Facebook should do likewise and pledge the fees to charity - ideally a charity chosen by the message recipient rather than Zuck's pet project.

Furthermore, I think the recipient should set the fee level, not Facebook.

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Is there

Is there nothing they will do to get publicity?

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Ok

But then he gets 100,000 emails, will he really answer them personally?

I don't thinks so, some underling will write back to you pretending to be his Majesty, but will he let you ask for your money back or will it be in the amended terms and conditions?

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They truly are the Ryan Air of the internet.

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Its not about the publicity, Zuck needs the money after the IPO fiasco.

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I can see this being extended to MPs in the UK.

An option to send a message to the MP £100, plus another option to get them to ask a message in parliament £100,000.

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Does that include the 19p for a brown paper envelope?

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I thought that already existed. The question to parliament is called "party donation" option and the question to mp is "dinner at the club"

Thats certainly how things work round here with the amount of planning permission for new homes (when there is a backlog of decent homes on the market already without needing to drain the floodplains)

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I wonder if I could charge..

Facebook a hundred bucks each time they spam me. You're never going to get me to sign up, you cocksuckers. No matter how many of my friends you've already ensnared.

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There has *got* to be a way to game this. Got to, got to, got to. The stench of money is in the air, boys - keep your nostrils open!

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Is there much or any risk that....

Just to kill this line of business, hackers/crackers might just raid banking accounts and paypal cards and apply to them charges from reaching all the MPs, behoodiedones, majesties, etc? Might be a way to inform more of the world of whom the behoodied one is just in case....

But, how about the reverse scenario of paying $100 to talk to somone. What if we can charge the tax authorities, city council, etc, to get a piece of OUR time. Wait... I must be off my purple pill....Or, is it green today?

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I smell blood in the business waters(TM).

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Cheap at..

fifty dollars a word.

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Re: Cheap at..

Cheap at $12.50 per character

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Re: Cheap at..

I'm thinking more of $25 per letter.

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Re: Cheap at..

How ironic if the maximum message length to Lord Zuckerberg was set at 140 characters...

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Happy

Re: Cheap at..

Well, if you abreviate ... We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram

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If facebook were smart...

they would allow the users to setup an option to PERMIT charging and to set a price on incoming messages.

30% goes to the profile owner, 70% goes to facebook for example.

I would put mine at $2 and start putting my facebook addy on lots of spam lists.

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Re: If facebook were smart...

Just set it at 5p per message or something tiny then troll the Justin Bieber, animal rights and Warmist pages.

A million pennies is much better than a tenner :o)

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Gosh, how very GREEDY of Mr Z.

Facebook is the next MySpace, of course. Why? Because my 85 year old grandmother is on Facebook.

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Big Brother

What did you expect?

Facebook seems to be more and more desperate for revenue, whether it's selling users' info, barraging with irrelevant ads, or offering to allow anyone to send you a message for a dollar, this doesn't surprise me honestly, just makes me wonder whats next...

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Re: What did you expect?

I do have a facebook account that is almost NEVER ever used, and has nothing in it..... as you need to have one to contact any other user...

And I am getting almost daily emails, "You have more friends on Facebook than you think."

Well I don't "think", and if they know this to be true, then they ought to contact "all my friends" that I don't know anything about, and then get them to contact me, at my "None De Plume" almost pointless and worthless facebook account.

So telling me that I can pay to send messages... yeah and.... the person on the other end, where is the proof that they have even read it, or have even gone, "Select All" + "Delete".

"Oh my inbox has 20 million hate messages at $100 a pop" - I will ignore them and only use my internal corporate email account for my meaningful contacts, and phone for my business and personal contacts... and the rest of them, I shall ignore them all - the dumb fucks", says Mark.

Smiley - the irony of the bullshit is not lost on me.

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Re: What did you expect?

I set up a Facebook account for my cat a few weeks ago (in case I need to login to the site for any reason, not because I'm mental).

Apparently, my cat also has more friends on Facebook than he thinks. He gets emails about it everyday.

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Re: What did you expect?

@Daniel Johnson

Obviously lots of people wish to tag your pussy ;)

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Re: What did you expect?

Cat's name on Facebook instead of own -- just to confuse their marketing gits. They dare not expel users with fake names or they'd lose half the membership.

Let's face it, at least 50% of FB posts seem to be pictures of feckin cute kitties and puppies, anyway.

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Re: What did you expect?

I see a trend, my cat also has a facebook account which I use to sign up to various "you arent getting my details son" pages. After a friend of mine tagged some random stranger in one of their photos as my cat I started to get some random hits and spam.

Evil stuff and I cannot believe the amount of people who put their REAL details on there. Nuts.

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Re: What did you expect?

" After a friend of mine tagged some random stranger in one of their photos as my cat I started to get some random hits and spam."

...meanwhile, the random stranger is trying to figure out why he's getting ads for cat food.

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Re: Biz model

You are not a customer. You are the commodity

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They aren't the fist with this business model - this is what 0845 numbers are for.

Some years ago I moved house. I spent an hour and a half on hold to cancel my NTL only to get cut off as soon as someone answered. I called back on the sales line and was answered in two seconds, but obviously they couldn't help me. Back on hold for another hour and a half, but what choice did I have?

I knew someone who worked in a call centre that serviced some telco or other. He told me that the call centre had target MINIMUM times to keep people on hold; the telco got really pissed off if they answered too quickly.

Apologies for the off-topic rant.

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Devil

Quandary...

$100 is a lot of money. On the other hand, telling that creepy git to fuck off is a lot of pleasure. Decisions, decisions...

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How about the reverse?

Can I charge FB $100 for each crappy message they send me?

I could afford to retire on that.

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Re: How about the reverse?

Might be able to solve world debt. ;)

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Re: How about the reverse?

no, they'll just give you $100 worth of stock.

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Anonymous Coward

Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works

We use a similar system for our customer emailing, we pay a company tens of thousand dollars a year, in return we get Whitelisted with Yahoo, Hotmail, BT and a few other mail providers.

We handle financial services for our customers, so when a spam filter sees our emails it goes mental because of the wording we have to use to explain situations and products to customers (Finance, conditions, repayments, free blah blah). Before somebodies says to tell a customer to check their junk email folder, we DO, but many people either don't bother or simply have no clue.

Also some people will probably say this is profiteering. Before you do, remember its costs a lot of money to run these email services, the money we pay for the Whitelisting is re-invested in the Anti-spam systems and research into improving them. Additionally their are very strict compliance rules which are monitored and heavily enforced, if you break them, then you lose the whitelisting with no refund!

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@AC09:50 (was: Re: Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works)

"We use a similar system for our customer emailing, we pay a company tens of thousand dollars a year, in return we get Whitelisted with Yahoo, Hotmail, BT and a few other mail providers."

Huh? I call bullshit. A third party can't white-list any email system I've ever been in charge of. Prove me wrong. Name that third party.

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Re: Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works

Wouldn't SPF be a better way to do this and for free?

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Re: @AC09:50 (was: Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works)

@ Jake - Check it it out http://www.returnpath.com/solution-content/return-path-certification/

Still call bullshit :)

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Re: Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works

DaLo - SPF and DKIM is part of the requirement for the whitelisting. See the link I posted below for Jake. Essentially the company who provides the whitelisting runs part on the Anti-spam systems for the likes of Hotmail and Yahoo etc.

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@AC:10:49 (was:Re: Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works)

"DaLo - SPF and DKIM"

No. Just no. Whitelisting isn't possible by a third-party, by definition.

Enjoy the snake-oil. And the spam.

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Re: @AC:10:49 (was:Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works)

Blah Blah Blah Blah

The jake has spoken, you are all wrong

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Re: Its more wide spread that you may think.. but it works

You can whitelist your address with third-party e-mail providers but you can do it yourself for free. I'm guessing this is how these 'certification companies' work they just fill out the forms for you.

I don't know why someone would pay a company thousands to do this. As long as you use best-practice guidelines for the relevant e-mail provider including SPF, domain keys, fixed IPs and fill out the forms (a couple of hours work at most) and then don't spam or be tagged as spam by a user and bingo your mail will have a high chance of being delivered.

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