According to this article from Yahoo news/financial What's a Facebook follower really worth ....
"What's a Facebook Follower Really Worth?
As Businesses Build Marketing Programs Around the Social Network, Some Balk at Paying a Fee to Promote Their Posts
By Sarah E. Needleman | The Wall Street Journal – 8 hours ago
Figuring out the value of a Facebook (FB) fan has become more complex for many small-business owners, ever since the social-media giant began asking businesses to pay to "promote" their posts.
Under a program rolled out in May, businesses pay Facebook Inc. anywhere from $5 to hundreds of dollars to promote a post to the news feeds of users who have "liked" their page, plus Facebook friends of those users. The price depends on how many users a business wants to reach.
The giant social network, which has to balance users' desire to broadcast messages against the need to keep the ecosystem tidy, has always limited the number of posts users receives via their news feeds. According to the company, the average business post reaches 16% of its fans. The Promoted Post program is supposed to make it possible to increase that reach.
Richard Bishop (Todd Meier for The Wall Street Journal)
Richard Bishop, of Mountain Home, Idaho, is among the many entrepreneurs who are irked about being asked to pay to reach a larger percentage of their Facebook fan base, which they have spent time and money building.
Mr. Bishop says he puts out an average of 35 posts a week, and estimates that he would need to spend a minimum of $9,100 a year if he opted to pay fees to promote each one of them to his more than 1,500 followers.
Facebook "lured us in with free Facebook pages," says the 35-year-old caterer, referring to small-business owners like himself who have built marketing programs around Facebook. "Now all of a sudden they're saying a minimal percentage of your fans will see your posts unless you pay. They devalued the value of a fan."
Using social media has long been a particular challenge for many small-business owners, who often don't have a large staff or the free time to manage Facebook, as well as the other outlets."
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So my question is will Facebook get real greedy and start charging people for more than 1,500 friends ? Meaning that unless you pay some fee then only a handful on your friends list will see your post which of course means that Facebook must had lied when they said it would always remain free.
But why do small businesses have to pay Facebook to expand their advertising ? Is there now a new section on Facebook's "Terms of Agreement" that any businesses that use their services now have to pay them a small royalty fee ? I think these businesses who use Facebook should at least legally signed some sort of contract because unless their a part of some partnership with Facebook, they shouldn't have to pay diddly *** for anything from the social network..
That's just my opinion of course but I still think that Facebook will over time make it's users pay some small service fee in the near future...... :/