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Facebook is, at the present time, completely free to use. Anyone can sign up for the social network, create a profile, and connect with other people. The social network does make money though, mainly from the adverts on Facebook How Facebook Advertising Works & How To Place An Advert How Facebook Advertising Works & How To Place An Advert If you've ever considered advertising on Facebook, but assumed it was completely unaffordable except for the largest companies and corporations, you may want to think again. If you've ever advertised on Google, using the pay-per-click... Read More . I spend so much time on the Web I don’t notice adverts any more, but some people bitterly resent their presence.

Others, such as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, think there are better business models 4 Alternative Models To Advertising That Are Working Right Now 4 Alternative Models To Advertising That Are Working Right Now Advertising shouldn't be the only way for content producers to make money. Luckily, it isn't - plenty of reputable organizations fund themselves without ads, online and off. You, the readers, had a few things to... Read More for those willing to experiment. In a recent editorial he suggested Facebook start charging $10 per month for an ad-free version of the site. “If 10% percent of Facebook signed up,” he suggests, “that’s $1B a month in revenue.

Stone is far from the first person to suggest this kind of business model for Facebook, and the rumor that Facebook will start charging has been the subject of various chain letters New Facebook Hoax Spreading Like Wildfire [Updates] New Facebook Hoax Spreading Like Wildfire [Updates] There is a new hoax making its way around Facebook, and there is a good chance you have already seen it. The post implores Facebook users to repost it by midnight to avoid Facebook's new... Read More spread virally across the site itself over the years. Facebook states on its homepage, “It’s free and always will be,” but that shouldn’t stop us debating, “What if?“…

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, Would You Pay To Use Facebook? If you don’t use Facebook then this question will likely be of no interest to you, but with 1.2 billion users around the world there are certainly enough people who could potentially answer this question. As always we want more than a simple Yes or No response.

If Facebook was to start charging for its service, would you be one of those willing to stump up a monthly fee in order to keep using the site? Or if it headed the freemium route, with a free option sitting alongside a paid version, would you entertain the idea of paying to upgrade?

What features would Facebook have to offer to persuade you it was worth paying for? Would the removal of advertising be enough of a draw by itself? Or the opportunity to message celebrities without being charged 5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You 5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You Facebook has been experimenting with various different methods for making money. One of which involves charging users to send a private message to someone not on their list of friends. Whether these experiments lead to... Read More ? Or an improved smartphone app? What, if anything, would make Facebook worth paying for?

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What do you think of Biz Stone for suggesting this idea (five years after the same notion went through everybody else’s mind) despite having founded a rival social network that also relies on advertising rather than charging for access? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  1. Rez™
    August 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    The model would have to change completely. The only reason that it's free now is because the users are the product. That paradigm would have to completely shift, and the focus on user privacy would have to be absolutely paramount. That would mean military-grade encryption site-wide, no sharing of data with companies without *opt-in*, and *no* sharing of data with government entities without a court order.

    But that will never, ever, ever happen. Facebook is already compromised, and there's no stuffing the genie back in.

  2. Robert B
    August 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Hell NO I do not even use it for free!

  3. kertus
    August 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I would never pay to use Facebook. I wouldn't mind if Facebook charged people to get rid of ads, but I like seeing ads because it reminds me of things I may want to buy, so I would prefer the version with advertising. I am not a fan of a two-tiered system whereby paid members get good features whereas free users get a poor version. If the feature gap between paid and free members is small, it's not a problem, but if it too much, the perception that you are missing out creates enough disgust to spur you into exclusively using another social networking system that is completely free, e.g. Google+

  4. Lubka K
    July 31, 2013 at 7:35 am

    no

  5. Pamela Sue Shapiro
    July 31, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I would pay for facebook, up to $20 per month (but, please don't tell Mark Zuckerberg! :D ). I'm a capitalist and facebook has every right to charge for its services. Of course, they are beyond well-compensated because of their adverts. But, if they had no advertising (which would be bad for business), then charging I think is fair. In fact, when facebook went to the timeline model (and every time they make a change), some of my friends complain. My opinion is that it's wrong to complain about anything that's free! Everything costs money in our society; why shouldn't facebook. Of course, this has to do with whether one values facebook enough to pay for it. I spend a lot of time on the social network (instead of renting DVDs, etc), and as one who has trouble getting around, I value it immensely.

  6. Indonesia
    July 31, 2013 at 4:19 am

    i live in Indonesia and we all using facebook and i believe we all willing to pay paid service of facebook. we are happy to pay facebook so that we can exist in the internet and fill it with picture of self and ours loved one. event thought we will pay we also never object if ads still show on our pages its because we love to facebook to show off to the world. we loved to share to the world. regards. some poeple of indonesia. :P

  7. Dennis F
    July 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Absolutely not. I only use it once or twice a week anyway, mainly to see pics of our grandchildren, so why would I pay? It isn't worth it. Start your own web page if needs be, but pay, never.

  8. Khat
    July 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

    no

  9. Saikat Basu
    July 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I probably won't because it isn't such a life-changer for me. I use it because it's there (to paraphrase from George Mallory who was asked why he wanted to attempt the climb to Mt. Everest's peak).

  10. Ron
    July 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Not on your life!!!

    They have never cared about their users. No one on staff has ever answered any questions. They block you whenever they feel they can and interfere with community building, justifying it as a security measure. They suggest friends, but when you try to add those suggestions you risk getting banned if they complain that they do not know you. Ridiculous! So if someone has had a bad experience with other people and you come along and politely ask to be added, they are likely to bitch to management and Facebook just bans you without explanation or recourse. I would never pay to be humiliated and mentally abused. Sorry.

  11. angie lewis
    July 30, 2013 at 5:15 am

    no i would not pay

  12. Corina C
    July 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Nope! And I don't know anyone that would. Yes, there are all those that use it for business promotion but if everyone else is gone, who are they promoting their business to? No one. It will be a ghost town.

  13. janani
    July 30, 2013 at 3:03 am

    in case of me,i won't use facebook if we wanna pay for it to use.but there are people who cannot live without facebook.so,those people will surely pay for it.

  14. Donna Thrasher
    July 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    NO, never

  15. bill
    July 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    pay for facebook ? yeah right, maybe when they figure out why their site always locks-up and leaves you in the wonderful world of that question that doesn't seem to get answered. delete this f-ing site once and for all or keep dealing with this crap.

  16. DT
    July 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    No. Remember we are not "users" or "customers" of Facebook's, we are inventory.

  17. Marlon
    July 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

    obviously no no no no..........

  18. Skype Sucks
    July 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Ha, hell no! Facebook is the same crap since it started- No inovation. Why should I pay to use some boring looking crap and have the whole world spying on me?

  19. Dotherman
    July 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    No, NEVER!!

  20. Evan Spangler
    July 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    How about.... NOOO!

  21. Ajarn D
    July 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hell no and I do hope that Mark Elliot Zuckerberg understands that his site really sucks but I am only using it to keep in touch with my friends and students. I prefer to use http://www.zurker.com/

  22. Guy
    July 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    they would need to pay ME to use that piece of shit website. deleted it years ago. full of whiners and pictures of food and feet. gtfo

    • Dave Parrack
      July 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Food, check. But feet? What sort of people did you have as friends?!

      • guy
        July 30, 2013 at 9:51 am

        You know those stupid pictures girls take where they all put one foot in a circle and take a picture? or the ones where they take pictures when lying down sunbathing looking down their body? no?

  23. Alan W
    July 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I would not pay for FB at all. There are enough Facebook adblocker scripts about to have a clean page so why would I want to pay?
    I wonder just how much Facebook's membership would shrink if they wanted people to subscribe.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      If it was pay up or else I suspect at least 90 percent of users would run off into the night, never to be seen again. But if was merely an option I suspect they'd keep most of the current userbase.

  24. Tim Brookes
    July 27, 2013 at 12:28 am

    The old adage goes something along the lines of "if the product is free, then you are the product" and that certainly wouldn't change for an ad-free version of the site. Facebook still makes all its money out of metrics and analysis and selling your data to marketing companies who in turn sell you products. Charging for an ad-free version of the site would be massively win-win for them, the few users who see the appeal would put their money where their mouth is and everyone else would carry on blissfully unaware. Meanwhile, Facebook picks up that extra $1 billion in addition to all the money it already gets from selling data.

    So, while an ad-free $10 per month Facebook might appeal to some, to me it's like being charged twice.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Judging by this comments thread it doesn't appeal to many. Surely removing the ads would kill the opportunity for these companies to sell you products based on metrics? At least through Facebook itself.

  25. Dianne L
    July 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    No, i would leave fb.

  26. Andy L
    July 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    No. If that happens, I'll jump permanently to G+. If G+ starts charging, I'll use something else. If all the social network sites decided to charge a fee for usage, I'll use Linkedin permanently. At least the money I pay will allow me to gain a wider audience and networking opportunities to help my career.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      There is zero chance of Google ever charging for Google+. After all, it's the company that makes its money from the advertising that litters the Web.

  27. Eric S
    July 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    UUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, NO!!!

  28. Tom W
    July 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Personally, the part of Facebook that I most care about is the Messaging. If they were to put that as paid-only, and the price was reasonable, I would probably pay for it because it is so useful to me. By "reasonable", I think about £25 / yr would be the most I would be willing to spend on it. Even then, if most of my friends used another service, I would move on without hesitation.

    Facebook would, however, need to make some basic changes to get me to pay for it. I've had messages in the past which didn't appear for a month after they were sent, and I know other people who have similar experiences. I've also noticed that some Pages that I ask for notifications from don't show all of the notifications. At one point, I didn't get a single Page notification for a month, when I know that all of the Pages that I follow was posting during that time.

    Also, I accept that support will be limited if I'm not paying for a product. If they did go to a paid model, I would expect to be able to raise a support ticket and have it answered. That may end up eating into potential profits, as well as vastly increasing their (until now) proportionally small team.

    My final point is that they would have to be careful about alienating users. It may be just like any time they create a UI change, where everybody complains for a month then forgets about it, or it may be the final straw that causes a critical mass of users switching to another network, like G+. If the comments section here is anything to judge by, it'll be the latter.

    • Dave P
      July 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      That's an interesting point because for you messaging is the one aspect of the service that you think is worth paying for, but I suspect others will pinpoint other features in the same way.

      I think it's fair to say Facebook is still as buggy as hell, and I agree, support would have to be improved massively if people were paying to use the service.

      G+ is an ever-growing threat. It may not yet be anywhere near as popular as Facebook, but it does at least offer an alternative should Facebook ever upset its users to the extent they revolt en masse.

  29. ReadandShare
    July 26, 2013 at 2:36 am

    No, never.

  30. Eric J
    July 26, 2013 at 2:06 am

    of course NOT. I would seem days wouldn't be complete without checking/updating facebook, but hey, I was able to live before facebook was born. So I can as well get used to live again without it if they're gonna impose to pay to use. Its not a necessity though like air, food, water. A freemium would be good, but I'm surely not upgrading.

    • Dave P
      July 26, 2013 at 2:15 am

      It's definitely not a necessity, but then nor is the Internet as a whole and yet we all pay to use that.

  31. Jean-Francois Messier
    July 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I already consider that there are som many useless stuff on Facebook, that I will never pay for such service. Although I'm a techie, a geek and a nerd, most of the entries that I was reading were rather useless, and their replies even more. The noly reason I would pay for Facebook would be:
    1. No ads of any kind at all.
    2. A guarantee that what I publish will remain private if I want
    3. A way to filter junk from real responses and entries. Perhaps that's the hardest part of all.

    • Dave P
      July 26, 2013 at 2:13 am

      If those three things happened, how much would you be willing to pay to keep using Facebook?

      • Jean-Francois Messier
        July 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Not very mich, in fact. First, Facebook is not my favorite way of communicating. Also, I am much a consumer of RSS feed and news than an author or provider. I would go with somehting like $10 / year or $1 / month.

  32. Alexis C
    July 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Absolutely no!

  33. Bore
    July 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I'd consider paying for the ability to host content, but remain completely non-contactable. Not everyone wants to be social.

  34. Bob, Another One
    July 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    NO! Another One!

  35. Linda R
    July 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    The internet is full of hidden charges. Facebook may be a popular social network, I've had an account for 4 years,yet it is their website. They have little respect for the individuals who have made them a very successful enterprise. There isn't a service, perk or incentive that would tempt me to keep an account.

    • Dave P
      July 26, 2013 at 2:12 am

      It's definitely a business first and foremost.

  36. Rudi N
    July 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Haha! I use AdBlock on Chrome (not saying it's the best, but it works) and Ads are a thing of the past for me really. I often forget how ugly some websites look in their unfiltered state when I use other browsers or computers without said feature. Another good add-on for those stubborn ads that get past AdBlock, there's Page Eraser to hide any culprits left over. Needless to say, I wouldn't dream of paying for a service that made its name by being freely available. If a monthly pay schedule becomes an obligation I'll be taking my web-based behind back to the forums where I dwell every now and then.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      I know you won't care but by installing AdBlock you are harming the sites you visit. It's easy to flip off a company such as Facebook, which is worth billions, but what about the smaller guys who you are denying revenue?

      If everybody blocked ads then the Web would cease to function, or paywalls would be erected everywhere.

  37. LT
    July 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Not even if hell froze over.

  38. jkendal
    July 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Would I pay to use Facebook??

    ROTFLMAO!!!

  39. Vipul J
    July 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Totally depends on the amount.
    Facebook is the only social network I mainly chat with friends on, so it is definitely something I NEED.
    But I'm not so stupid as to pay an amount greater than what would accumulate on my phone bill if I call them instead.

    It's just like Whatsapp, it's an indispensable app for me and I gladly pay a dollar a year for the services. I'd go as high as 5/year because beyond that I can talk my friends, for whom I'm using that app, to migrate to an alternative.

    And in this age, thinking you are the only one providing a specific service out there, and hence can charge whatever you want, is plain stupid!

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      You're one of the few to mention the actual amount being charged. So, how much per month would you be willing to pay to use an ad-free Facebook? Or would you need more features than that?

      • Vipul J
        July 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        My answer was basically for the question "Would you pay to USE Facebook", not for ad removal.
        Being an android user I'm quite used to ads by now :P

        Moreover FB ads are so intelligently placed and colored to mix with environment, I never feel like seeing one.
        So for an ad-free FB I wouldn't pay a penny.

        But if ever basic usage gets paid, then I'm willing to pay an annual subscription of $5-10 at max (considering the chats, birthday reminders, images, avoiding the adaptation of a new network).

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm

          I agree with you on ads, I really don't notice them any longer.

          Several people have said $10 a year would be fair. That's a long way from the $10 a month Biz Stone suggested was fair.

  40. Stephan Huebner
    July 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Not in its current form.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      So, what would persuade you to pay, if anything?

  41. Paul-kristjan A
    July 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Problably not, would I? ... There's no point, they've said it'd be free for forever and well, breaking that promise won't be very nice now, would it.

  42. Lavender
    July 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Just to clarify what I mean, in case people out there think I'm being silly, or over-reacting, or whatever: I know someone who got himself into a little financial trouble for the precise reason I mention above. Without thinking about it, whenever he ran into something he liked, he'd subscribe to the premium service thinking it'd be better.

    He had subscriptions to the premium services associated with Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Prime, and several others. If he saw something he liked on MUO, for example, and there was a paid alternative, he'd often pay for the alternative, for example, MacKeeper instead of Onyx. He figured a product he had to pay for HAD to be better than a free alternative. (We all know THAT ain't so, don't we?)

    He signed up for/purchased all these things without worrying or even thinking about what he was spending. One day, he told me, he noticed $500 (!) worth of cc charges on his bill, and he couldn't even remember what half of them were. It took him a while to figure it out -- most were products *he wasn't even using!* The rest were monthly services, again for things -- like Netflix -- he mostly wasn't using. He had to scramble to cancel his unused subscriptions.

    I'm just saying, my friend would probably pay for FB, and then not use it! He CAN'T be the only person with this problem, can he? That is, the problem of unwise, ill-considered, or even UNconsidered, impulse Internet PP and CC purchases?

    As for me, when I see something I like, I look for the free alternative (Onyx, CCleaner, Spotify FREE, etc etc etc) or I don't bother. I've got enough bills. Seriously. So, no matter WHAT FB offers in its "premium" service, I ain't buying. I don't need it.

    Not to mention, I'm NOT paying *extra* for the NSA to track me. I'm already involuntarily paying them. It's called "taxes".

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      It sounds like your friend either has a problem understanding the value of things or has issues with money. I'm sure there are others out there who do similar things, but it will lead to a bad place in the end.

  43. Leah
    July 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Simple answer: no. I don't mind ads (and they're not intrusive) as long as I don't have to pay. I like Facebook but it's not worth paying for. It doesn't provide something I'm willing to pay for.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Are you like me and just don't really notice ads online any more?

      • Leah
        July 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        Probably so. Ads have become so seamless with the websites these days. It's not like the days of the blinking and obtrusive ads. Even the ads with motion are easy to ignore.

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

          My thoughts exactly. When people complain about ads so vociferously I have to wonder what on earth they're seeing that I'm not.

  44. Wayne M
    July 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    If facebook were the only site of its kind people may pay, but as it is there are so many options that I think it is wishful thinking to expect us to carry their profit margin for nothing new.

  45. avinash
    July 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Facebook was the result of all the previous (some of them paid) communication apps. Even if Facebook would become paid, some other developer would release something similar for free and most of the people would migrate to it. Just like the transition from orkut to Facebook (though not on similar terms). In general if a free app and a paid app are providing the same service, the majority would be with the free app. On the internet the lowest price always wins and it so happens that the lowest price is free. So if Facebook does start charging money, there will another migration.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      You're absolutely correct there, but that would only count if Facebook hid entirely behind a paywall. Offering a paid option as well as the free option means only those who want to pay will do.

  46. Jack
    July 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Not at all.

  47. Lavender
    July 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I've read almost all the comments. Most say "No" or "Hell No". I'm in that camp.

    But I have an observation. There's an *awful* lot of "paid services" out there on the Internet, which parallel free alternatives: paid apps; software; movie sites; "clubs" of various sorts; and I can't even think of them all.

    I run into them all the time. My first thought is, "Do I want to be draining my PP account, or handing out my cc#, for this?" Seriously, if I paid for temptation (in the form of products and services, that is) every time I ran across it on the Internet, I'd be declaring bankruptcy.

    Doesn't *anybody* else have that concern? Don't you guys think, "No. I'm not paying for that, because *this stuff adds up* after awhile?"

    In this economy, and this job market, I'd think we'd ALL better start considering very carefully where we spend our hard-earned cash -- and FB is NOT one of of those places, not matter how "low" the monthly fee! Who needs all those little extra charges that you can't even remember what are, after awhile?

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I definitely think in the same way as you. I can't remember the last time I paid for an app, software, or service, apart from Spotify because it actually saves me money overall.

      Then again, if people did think more in this way then Apple would never sell any products, so I think we're in the minority.

      Facebook would have to offer added value to justify the charges, and I'm not sure how they could legitimately do so.

  48. Denise M
    July 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I've paid for other websites. But definitely not $10/month. $10/year is more in the ballpark of what I've even begin considering paying.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      $10 per month is a lot of money, and does Facebook really need to bring in $1 billion every month?

  49. Tiago R
    July 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    so i would be paying for the USA to spy on me?????
    i don't think so!!!!there was life before Facebook....i can live without it!!!

  50. likefunbutnot
    July 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I would pay money to make Facebook cease to exist in popular culture in much the same way that Myspace has. I hate the fact that many gatherings of adults frequently turn to discussions about the Facebook activities of other adults who are not present at the gathering in question.
    I can completely remove Facebook from my internet experience and I have done so, but unfortunately I still have to hear about it constantly from people I know in real life.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I'll happily take $10 a month off you to stop writing about Facebook, if that helps? ;)

  51. Bumferry H
    July 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Would never pay for Facebook. Would never pay for any social network.
    Adverts are the necessary evil of keeping the new free.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      "Adverts are the necessary evil of keeping the new free." That is very true.

  52. Connie
    July 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    No I would not pay to use facebook. There are other free Social sites and I am the creator of one as well, and know many others too. I was around long before Facebook zipped to the top, and I done quite well.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      You created your own social network? Intrigued to know more, so what is it called?

      NB: Linking to it would probably mean your comment being marked as spam, but the name would be enough :)

    • lego city police boat
      July 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      No!

      I wouldn't pay to use facebook! It's appeal would be lost if you had to pay to network with your friends. Lego city police boat is my blog. Free to read!

  53. Ryashini K
    July 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    No. I would consider paying for a social network(or any type of service) if it had great features that I NEEDED. However, Facebook is out of that list. Facebook started as a free service and it is striving as one. If they were to introduce a freemium model, I don't think they can do it without limiting existing features for a free user rather than introduce new features for paid users. That will suck terribly. I would pay to get a better version of something but wouldn't to keep something that is already free. We already have unlimited photo uploads, video chats, groups, pages and apps for free. Just what "better" features they could offer? I don't care for messaging celebs. I minds ads but Adblock exists for a reason. Don't worry, I disabled it on makeuseof.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you for disabling it on MakeUseOf, we do appreciate those who do so :)

      Limiting services for those unwilling to pay would be highly controversial. The problem, as you rightly point out, is that Facebook seems to have little room to move when it's already offering a lot of features for free.

  54. Doug Dieckmann
    July 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    If Facebook were to begin charging, I would find another way to waste my time

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Ha, there are always more ways to waste time online :)

  55. Michael L
    July 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Actually Facebook is not free at all. We just don't pay for it with a common currency.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      It's free in terms of money, but of course you're correct to a degree. Do you resent giving up data in order to use the Web then?

      • Michael L
        July 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

        It depends on what services I use. In case of Facebook I believe that users usually giving up much more valuble data than the services they get back in return. In case of Waze on the other hand, I think that I get excelent service for the location data I'm giving back.

  56. Salim B
    July 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Never Ever !

  57. Kay F
    July 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    No

  58. Jeff
    July 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I don't have a FB account. They'd have to pay me.

  59. Boffin
    July 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    No....

  60. Kasun B
    July 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    NO, NO, NEVERRRRRRR.........

  61. sixstrings
    July 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    To me Facebook is a pest, an harassment, ...
    So definetely a NO !

  62. william worlde
    July 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    ARE YOU INSANE?!

    I didn't reinstall the app since I switched my phone to Android (from iOS) last November.
    I thought I'd login once a week on my laptop to check things out; I don't remember when last I did.
    My friends are STILL my friends!

    • Dave P
      July 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Congratulations, you have successfully disconnected from Facebook. The next step, the final step, is to delete your account altogether!

  63. Anoop Mohan
    July 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    No, I am waiting for that moment to quit Facebook

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      No questions asked, you'd quit Facebook the moment they introduced a paid version?

      • Anoop Mohan
        July 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        I am using facebook, because my friends like to communicate with it, given an option i will definitely quit facebook, but not my friends

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

          No, of course, you should never quit your friends. It's just that the way we communicate with them changes over the years. Right now Facebook has a certain monopoly on it.

  64. Dany Bouffard
    July 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I would never pay for facebook, I hardly use it, the only real reason I use it is to have more chances to win giveaway on various websites.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Like this one? ;)

  65. GF
    July 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Yes, I would willingly pay Facebook but:
    - those ixxxxx must correct some important drawbacks due to aware planning choices, choices that only an ixxxx programmer could make
    - they should correct some bugs (accidental errors, not due to the will of the programmer)
    - they must stop to control our identity in an obsessive way. Facebook is not the headquarters of CIA or a military environment. I bet within some years Facebook will ask us even the map of our cornea...
    - I want the possibility to use a false name (in accord with the staff of Facebook). I think many people would like to publicly vent certain personal matters without the embarrassment to be identified by neighbors, friends, relatives etc...
    - Facebook must punish people who sing the praises of criminal ideas

    That's all, for now.

  66. Kyle N
    July 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Nope, I would never pay for Facebook. If they started charging I would stop using it. I find it to be more of a chore than something I want to use. I primarily use Twitter anyway.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      OK, so how about if Twitter started charging instead?

  67. Deveril D
    July 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The guarantee of Facebook being free and remaining so would be undermined, as far as I'm concerned, by any kind of subscription offer -- whether it's to remove ads or not. It would start a slippery road to extra features for those who pay or denied features for those that don't. Facebook is (or should be) about equal availability of features -- many people chose not to use lots of aspects of it, but that's their choice. I use it for basic sharing of links I like and keeping an eye on friends who I can't see in the real world due to distance. I'm bombarded by adverts and nonsense I don't want EVERYWHERE I go -- outside or on the web. I have to deal with it all over, and just zone them out, filter what I read and take in. If Facebook has to have a sidebar of adverts to allow me to use its service, then big deal. I'm not going to get shirty about it (if it was annoying pop-ups then I might avoid the site). I'm just not going to line their pockets any more just so that I can remove a few (mostly) inoffensive, irrelevant ads. So, no I won't be paying.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I agree that it would kill the notion of "It's free and always will be" but websites have changed their policies willy nilly plenty of times before.

      Does advertising bother you all across the Web? I mean, it's a subject that has caused controversy on here before because obviously we use it to pay for the costs of keeping the site up and running.

  68. Sherry
    July 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Not a chance!
    I'm getting to the point where I want Facebook to pay me to use it!
    Slowly switching to Google+.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      How are you finding Google+ so far?

      • Sherry
        July 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        Lacking in a lot of support from websites I follow and a bit confusing but I found Facebook to be the same way in the beginning.

        • Dave P
          July 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

          Very true. It took a long time for Facebook to mature. Google+ is certainly moving in the right direction though.

  69. GF
    July 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Yes, I would willingly pay Facebook but:
    - those idiots must correct some important drawbacks due to aware planning choices, choices that only an idiot programmer could make
    - they should correct some bugs (accidental errors, not due to the will of the programmer)
    - they must stop to control our identity in an obsessive way. Facebook is not the headquarters of CIA or a military environment. I bet within some years Facebook will ask us even the map of our cornea...
    - I want the possibility to use a false name (in accord with the staff of Facebook). I think many people would like to publicly vent certain personal matters without the embarrassment to be identified by neighbors, friends, relatives etc...
    - Facebook must punish people who sing the praises of criminal ideas

    That's all, for now.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      The problem here is that your list of demands may not tally with other people's list of demands, so Facebook would never be able to please everyone with the features introduced in a premium version of the site.

      Interesting comment though, so thank you :)

  70. dragonmouth
    July 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

    After all the money FB made selling MY data to their partners, they should pay ME to continue with them.

  71. Jack C
    July 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

    No, and if Facebook started charging people, those people who don't want to pay will likely stop using it, therefore the people who pay have no further reason to pay because no one will be on it.

    Facebook says it will always be free, but it's not. You now have to pay money to get messages in people's inbox's, otherwise it goes to the other folder, and I can't believe so many people still don't know about this.

    Pages owners such as MakeUseOf, myself, and other popular brands now have to pay $300+ to reach all the users that "like" their page. Before, if you liked a Facebook page, you get every single update. Now, Facebook dictates to you what you should read - and if Facebook get's money from you, then you will read it.

    I think Facebook has lost what made Facebook successful. It's lost it's exclusivity, it's no longer personal, it's now full of advertisement and spam, Facebook tells you what to read, and charges you to reach all your friends.

    I have covered this in more detail on my article: http://www.jackcola.org/2013/05/has-facebook-lost-it-s-core-belief-opinion/

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Nice article. I think the problem was that exclusivity was only going to get them so far. If you had the opportunity to turn something small into something huge, wouldn't you also let go of some of your more idealistic views on how things should be done?

      What I find interesting is how they're starting to charge through the back door, and I wonder if it wouldn't be smarter (and more moral) to actually admit they want to introduce a paid version.

  72. Ankit
    July 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    If by any chance I had to pay, instead of paying for Facebook I would rather pay for LinkedIn Premium account.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      That's interesting. So you'd find paid LinkedIn a more attractive option than paid Facebook.

      • Rob H
        July 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        Me too, linked in is work oriented rather than "social" contacts. I've been tempted but GBP15 a month is about 10 times too much.

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

          I guess LinkedIn thinks it's offering something that isn't really offered by anyone else, hence the premium price. I agree it's too much money though.

  73. Amit G
    July 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    What I have learned in past few years is Never Say No. There are chances that FB can become paid similar to LinkedIn or any paid Andriod apps. Few may opt for it and that will be huge income for FB. Most however will continue with free version for various reason such as not a regular user, don't mind advertisements, they understand what they can get free of cost, etc.

    However, if they make FB as compulsorily a paid one, they are sure to be doomed. Some new site may crop up, even google+ may take over who knows.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Making it compulsory to pay would be suicide in my opinion. But introducing a paid premium option alongside the free default might work. I mean, even if just 1 percent of users signed up, wouldn't it be worth it for Facebook?

  74. Amar R
    July 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

    hell no

  75. Anita
    July 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

    No. I can't think of anything they could add that would change my mind.

  76. Sultan
    July 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

    NO,

    I would rather switch to other site like Orkut (it may sound weird) and may be other site which may not exist now.

    and am sure more and more people will do this.

  77. Rob H
    July 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    NO but try a different question:
    Would I use Facebook if they paid me? Still no.

    Actually I do use it occasionally just to for things like finding background about people I'm going to meet. It has absolute minimum information about me and all possible privacy settings. So in effect I use it in "read only" mode.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Read-only mode, eh? There's an article in there somewhere...

      • Rob H
        July 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        There is some scope for an article on how to set Facebook up to maintain maximum privacy. If I recall correctly when I set it up it asked me for my email login and password - presumably so it could harvest my address book. Nobody and no website gets my email password.

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

          Such an article may be written at some point, so thanks for putting the germ of the idea in our heads.

          Really? What year did you join? It didn't do that way back when I joined the site.

        • Rob H
          July 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm

          I just tried again (fake name & email account)
          After input of that it says
          "Are your friends already on Facebook? Many of your friends may already be here. Searching your email account is the fastest way to find your friends on Facebook."
          and asks for your email address and p/w.
          There is a small "skip this step" link at the bottom of the page but I'll bet over 90% do what's asked and hand out their email password.

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

          I'm actually really shocked by that. Who on earth would give out the password for their email account? Geez.

  78. Alex B
    July 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    too much alternate resources if it starts charging

  79. Alfred C
    July 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    A Big NO!!

  80. Rui L
    July 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Very simple answer: HELL NO

  81. Jurmy C
    July 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

    A person's "social life" does NOT depend on a Website as: Facebook, Twitter, Hi5 etc. Forcing some one to pay for a service just for someone else to see when it's your birthday, or what u just ate it's not the solution. Social networks should PAY US ( the users) for using their services, they are what and where they are because of the users. So my answers is: No, No way, Not in a life time.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      It's definitely a give and take relationship with all websites... they let you use it for free, you give up some information or view advertising.

  82. Leah J
    July 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    NO I wouldn't pay... I would just find another way to keep in contact with my friends

  83. Tz L
    July 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I would pay if :
    - I can use facebook without ads
    - I can customize my profile url [facebook.com/xxxx]
    - i can use my desired color as facebook theme color
    - my data must is shared with anyone. like NSA :/

    heheh..If not i shall move to some other service..
    facebook has been fantastic for me though..

    • Kyle N
      July 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      At one point you could change your facebook URL (and I did)--not sure if it is still valid, but: http://www.mademan.com/mm/how-change-facebook-url.html

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      The removal of ads would be a prerequisite, of course, but the other features would risk Facebook turning into MySpace, and surely no one wants that, do they?!

  84. Mohammad W
    July 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Never

  85. Francis Smith
    July 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

    No, I would never pay for Facebook. I check it everyday, but it does not offer me any services that justify a monthly fee.

  86. Matt
    July 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

    No! I only have an account now coz someone else made it for me... no way it's important enough to me to actually PAY for!

  87. Joel Pinto
    July 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I wouldn't pay to be in Facebook

  88. Anay C
    July 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

    So, facebook would charge users to post their data online, then sell it off to 3rd party for advertizing? fat chance. I believe that this will not happen.
    And if it did, then just like paid apps on all mobile platform and on the PC, we will pirate it! Well, not me personally, but there will be workarounds.

    Ohh, and maybe I will login to Orkut and Google plus just for the heck of it. They will still be free (if google doesn't close them down),

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Google would never charge, doing so isn't in its DNA. But as you mention the danger with Google is them deciding to kill a service with no warning.

  89. Owen Lucas
    July 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Its Free and always will be.

    Isn't THAT whats on Facebook's launch screen??

    • dragonmouth
      July 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

      "Its Free and always will be."
      It will always be free UNTIL Zuckerberg decides to change corporate policy.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      It is, but that doesn't necessarily prevent them from introducing a paid tier alongside the free one.

  90. Rob
    July 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Nope.. there is nothing like FB out there.. so it would be hard to impossible to replace.. but there are other options.. and the users who are not willing to pay would have to make the best of the other options

  91. Randy W
    July 25, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Facebook should be paying me for using me to advertise to my friends.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      It could be argued they are paying you by providing you with a "free" service.

  92. Peter
    July 25, 2013 at 6:44 am

    No way... I really don't think facebook is all that great. So if they started charging , I'd look for other options

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      What if Facebook used that money to improve the site and add layers of new features for paid subscribers?

  93. Ruttaphong Worachartudomphong G
    July 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

    ad in facebook is OK for me, and other app that charge for money they just option. But if Facebook force charge to pay to use Facebook. I think we have many option that better than Facebook, now we on Facebook because there have tons of people, friends and family. So, for me No!

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I rarely even notice the ads any more, so unless they severely change their size, scale, and placement I don't see them as a problem.

  94. Taha B
    July 25, 2013 at 6:13 am

    for sure NO ! i think everyone will switch to G+ or Twitter

  95. Martin R
    July 25, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Definitely NO!

  96. AriesWarlock
    July 25, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Nope.

  97. John
    July 25, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Hahhahaha, No. I actually wouldn't mind the excuse to leave facebook (along with most people I know) and find other, more private, methods of keeping up with friends.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      You don't need an excuse... if you want to leave Facebook then just do it! Free yourself from its vice-like grip and head out into the world :)

      • John
        July 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Ah, but it is the best way to some of my best friends who don't use email and I only get to see once a month or so. I'm only on it for 20-30min before work and before bed so it isn't an addiction; it's just that I despise it.

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          You're certainly not alone there, and it's amazing that we use something we despise. I can't remember it happening in such a big way before Facebook.

        • peter
          July 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

          What's your problem do you hate the world, or just people? I love fb, I would never pay for it, they do fine selling our data.

          P.s. i get out every day and go camping on the weekends, have you seen the stars recently? sounds like you need to de-stress

        • Dave P
          July 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

          Peter, are you talking to me? I don't despise Facebook and never said I did. The OP is entitled to have that opinion without being demeaned for it though.

          I get out every day too, and have been known to go camping. I have to assume you're trolling, which is the height of childishness.

  98. Ra G
    July 25, 2013 at 4:30 am

    NO..

  99. Zhong J
    July 25, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Would I pay them for an ad-free experience and have new features that improve your user interface? Not for me, but some facebook lovers would certainly consider this option and might support them. As paying something that doesn't provide you anything but maintaining connection with people and communication. If this turns to a dating site then it might reach for profit but as of now, no people are willing to spend something as boring as talking to a person online.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Do you think ads are completely the right way for Facebook to make its money then?

      • Zhong J
        July 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        There's no 'right way' to make money, since it's base on the interest of the individual and ads are the most ubiquitous form of internet revenue. Methods like Kickstarter or other forms of donation like paypal are good incentives for supporting the website.

  100. Rashid
    July 25, 2013 at 4:12 am

    NEVER

  101. Nick C
    July 25, 2013 at 4:06 am

    HELL NO

  102. bobC
    July 25, 2013 at 4:02 am

    SHOUTING VERY LOUDLY - NO!

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