Facebook…Money…Subscriptions…For the last few days, a rumor has been circulating the interwebs telling people that the social networking giant is going to start charging users for the privilege of using the service.
This isn’t the first time people have started rumors saying that an online service was going to start charging for use and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Well, we have the skinny and we’re going to give it to you.
I remember the first time this kind of rumor started. It was way back in the day after ICQ first got released. For those of you who remember, ICQ was the first major instant messaging client. It stored user information in a central database and allowed you to search for your friends by name, email address, etc…The service would then allow you to talk in real time to anyone in the world.
Yeah, it’s old hat at this point but back then, it was huge. Anyone who was anyone had ICQ.
Then it was every other messaging client. I remember those rumors hitting Yahoo and MSN as well. After that it was Myspace. On a nearly weekly basis, rumors would start circulating that they would start charging users but if you forwarded the message on, you’d be exempt.
Now it’s hit Facebook and it’s pretty much the same story. Facebook is going to start charging. If you don’t want them to charge you, you’d better forward the message to everyone on your friends list, blah blah blah. This isn’t the first time this rumor has arisen and, as it seems to pop up every time Facebook makes a major change to the service, it will definitely happen again
Facebook hasn’t officially responded to this rumor, as yet, even though “news outlets” such as “The Weekly World News” have “officially” reported that Facebook will begin charging users. They also reported about bat-boy, though so I think we can take that with a grain of salt.
What we do know is that Facebook’s home page clearly says that it is free, and always will be. Don’t believe it? Log out. That will take you to the home page and you’ll see it for yourself. OR, you can just look at the image below, which I screenshotted about 14 seconds ago, and take my word for it.
So let’s all sit back, take a deep breath, relax and stop sweating it. Facebook is NOT going to start charging anyone for using it…While you’re at it, tell all of your friends. It’s NEVER going to happen. Tell your friends to tell their friends and keep passing it on…It’s NEVER going to happen.
Maybe, once everyone gets that message, the stupid spam messages will stop and my news feed can stop sucking.
Thanks, everyone! Enjoy your free Facebook!