Admittedly, I don’t follow Facebook that closely. I know that, since the company “went public” a while ago, there’s been a huge push to monetize each and every element of their now ubiquitous platform, but I was totally caught off-guard this morning when, attempting to send a note to a woman who had left a comment on this blog, I was met with the above screen, asking me to please deposit $1. Is this something that people have encountered before?
And I know that maybe this makes me sound like an old man, ranting about how, back in his day, “Water was free… damn-it,” but this really does strike me as odd. I can see why they might want to keep people from sending messages to folks who aren’t in their “friend” network, but this is like saying, “Yeah, we’ll give anyone the ability to send you messages for a buck.” That’s like an operator saying, “Sorry, sir, that’s an unlisted number… but, if you really want it, I can give it to you for a dollar.“
As for the woman that I was attempting to write to, her name is Eldora M. Trimble, and she’s the daughter of Roland Maynard, the author of that book I was telling you about not too long ago about the history of my ancestors in Kentucky. Apparently she’s republished the formerly out-of-print book, and wants to sell me a copy… If all goes well, I hope to be able to tell you all about it shortly, as I know that many of you only come to this site for the super-popular Maynard genealogy updates.