Facebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for access 14 Facebook is testing the new feature out with parenting and cooking groups first

in #technology3 years ago

From The Verge

Facebook will now let group administrators start charging $4.99 to $29.99 a month for exclusive membership in certain groups, the company announced today in a blog post. Parenting, cooking, and home cleaning groups will be the first ones to get the new feature as part of an early test.

As it stands now, free groups will remain intact, but they will soon have the option to launch premium sub-groups. For instance, lifestyle blogger Sarah Mueller’s Declutter My Home group is starting an Organize My Home group that costs $14.99 a month to join. And the Grown and Flown Parents group is making a College Admissions group that charges $29.99 for access to college counselors.

While in the past, Facebook groups have always been free, charging for a membership might heighten the sense of exclusivity and make a group feel more special to be in. A paywall may also just drive more people away.

Facebook says the new feature is so that group admins, who put a lot of time and dedication to growing their communities, can also earn money at the same time. The company also says admins could take the money they earn to create higher-quality content for the group as well, whether that be more posts, videos, or offline meet-ups and events.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17484876/facebook-groups-monthly-subscription-service-fees-access

The first thing I thought when I read this was that this would be a great feature for steem to use or a possible use for an SMT. I'm usually not a fan of Facebook's ideas but this one I kind of like and I think could easily be lifted and applied to the Steem blockchain.

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Administrators could always condition membership for payment.
The only difference is that FB joins it as an intermediate, which will grant it a more direct access to credit cards and bank accounts.
Are not you supposed to chant "free market"?

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I don't mind paying for premium content. I just don't know if I am comfortable doing this on Facebook.

If they do this I guess I'll be leaving groups, I got no money to spend to access certain features

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Steemit to the rescue. FB is dying and everyone knows it, just wait until the shareholders start to realize this.

I feel like this is the natural progression of sites adopting the Twitch/Patreon pay-wall model to give you the front-row seat to whoever you're following.

Don't get me wrong, I obviously think creators should be rewarded for their content- that's why we're here. I'm all for it. Keep finding ways to creatively make that cheddah.

But is not the opposite of this side .....that you make money while you do the things you like 💀

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