My dad sent me this article while I was at the conference: Facebook is taking away yet still another privacy feature, the ability to hide your profile from search. I don't mind this one, but I'd be willing to pay for other features, most of them privacy-related. I'd pay $5/month for a Facebook that treated me like a person instead of a consumer.
Though I would miss some of the ads. I get these beautiful photo ads (likely because Facebook knows I listen to gospel) that say, "Meet Faithful Black Men." Yes, it's worded precisely that way. Of course, on the day I want to show you, it's not there, so sorry, no screenshot. Just know this: it's like Old Spice up in my sidebar every day.
But I would give that up for the ability to choose more precisely who sees what. If even a fraction of Facebook's billion+ users opted for a paid version, the company could actually be solvent. And I wouldn't have to cringe every time the EULA gets updated. Of course, the information they're gathering is far more valuable than my suggested $5, so nothing will change. Except the rotation of stock photos in my sidebar, and for now that's okay. .
Would you pay for an upgraded Facebook experience? What features would you need to see?.