If you don't feel people pay enough attention to your Facebook status updates, here's some news you've been waiting for. Facebook is reportedly testing a scheme which will allow any user—not just businesses—to promote their status, in exchange for cold, hard cash.
The new feature, called "Highlight", lets a user pay a few dollars in order to have a single post appear more prominently in the news feeds of friends, reports TechCrunch. Currently, the pay-for scheme is apparently only available for a small pool of users while it undergoes testing. In an official statement, Facebook said:
"We're constantly testing new features across the site. This particular test is simply to gauge people's interest in this method of sharing with their friends."
Whether Highlight will ever turn into a fully-blown feature is difficult to tell. Given how much people enjoy talking about themselves, it's certainly not impossible to imagine that the feature could generate a steady trickle of cash for the Big Blue.
It's even easier, however, to imagine how irritating it could become. [TechCrunch]
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