The "Facebook's going to charge for accounts" rumors have gone viral but Facebook officials have not disclosed any information regarding the matter so far. However, in the Facebook news conference,announced that they are partnering with Skype to offer video chat, just days after the launch of Google+.
The message which has spread on Facebook, regarding the charging matter, reads, "It's official.. signal at 12;20 it even passed on tv. Facebook will start charging this summer.If you copy this on your wall your icon will turn blue and facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message if not your count will be deleted. p.s, this is serious the icon turns blue, So please put this on your wall. "
The message, which was generated from an unidentified source, was and is still being copy pasted by many Facebook users to let their community know of the matter. But, interestingly, the only statement released by Facebook officials to help eradicate the rumor said, "We have no plans to charge users for Facebook's basic services. Facebook is a free service for its 350 million users."
However, some sources do caution that Facebook can charge for accounts in 2012 or 2013.
In the Facebook news conference, Mark Zuckerberg was also asked by a reporter about the arrival of new social network, Google+. In response, Zuckerberg expressed, "You're going to see is a lot of companies that haven't traditionally looked at social networking in their apps, not just Google, [entering this space]," he said.
"Our job is to stay focused on building the best service for that," he said. "And if we do that, then there's a massive market and a lot of value to be built in the world. And if we don't, then someone else will do it."
Social networking is at "an inflection point," Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg's comments were considered to be very fair and adequate towards the launch of Google+. The point he was trying to make was that Facebook is the first brick in the wall of social networking. While there is still a lot of place left in the wall to be filled by other bricks, the prominence of the first brick will always stay intact.
Zuckerberg also insisted that his company is working hard to bring more innovations and yet making it easy for its users to use.
What is left to be seen is which of the two social networks will attract more users in the long run. The reputation of Google is such that it has always made commendable business in almost every project launched by them.