“FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO… IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY!”
Utter, utter nonsense. And yet, every single year—like clockwork—people share similar messages. Facebook is free, and it always will be—just ask Facebook:
“Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site.”
On their FAQ page, they have this to say:
Question: Will Facebook ever charge for service?
Answer: No. We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.
So there you have it, Facebook is free, they won’t ever switch to a suicidal monthly fee payment scheme, and for the love of all that is good—you can’t change anything by copy-and-pasting a status to your wall.