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December 13, 2007


I like the idea of charging for "good friend" and "best friend".
It would help to reduce the noise because it provides a good excuse
to reject requests (e.g., sorry I have spent too much this month, I am
out of tokens).

facebook has already tried to make money through "gifts". Users are able to give gifts (small pictures) to friends which appear on their profiles. The first gift is free and gifts thereafter cost $1US.

This was rather unsuccessful in my mind as it doesn't seem that popular, and has generated a backlash in the form of various "free gift" applications.

If facebook were to charge users for the number of friends they have, I think it would generate a backlash and lose it's user base to other social networking sites such as Bebo etc.

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