Facebook users might eventually be able to profit from their posts on the social network. A new user survey from the company, spotted by The Verge, hints at the possibility of Facebook allowing users to accept donations in posts, either to earn money or aid a charitable cause.
‘It’s still very early, but we’re committed to creating sustainable, long-term monetization models for our partners and we’re listening to feedback,’ a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.
And the firm has nothing to share on dates or future tests regarding any of the survey information.
Regardless if Facebook is or isn’t looking to add these options, the firm is still gathering users’ opinions about them.
Of course, it may be too early to predict a winner, seeing as how all Facebook has done is conduct a survey. But it could be a compelling choice for publishers because that’s where a lot of their readers spend their time anyway.
In a piece about publishers struggling to cope with shifting trends in digital media in The New York Times, Om Malik, founder of the celebrated and now defunct tech blog GigaOM, said that if he were to launch his company afresh today, he’d skip building a website and go with just a Facebook page instead – but he still hadn’t a clue about how he’d earn money from it.
Given that Facebook is now an advertising powerhouse comparable in scale to Google, it can experiment with several different ways to generate revenue from valuable content. Let’s see if it can figure out the exact formula to make it rain dollars and revolutionize publishing on the Web.