Facebook has started 2013 out right, debuting a slew of new features in an effort to make the social network a one stop shop for most of their users needs. While there are most likely to be more exciting events on the horizon, here are some new features Facebook has introduced already this year:
Pay-Per-Message service: While this feature started the test stages in December 2012, it was in January of this year that Facebook officially launched the new service. If social network users wanted to reach out to Mark Zuckerberg or other users high up on Facebook, such as COO Sheryl Sandburg, CFO David Ebersman or Digg founder Kevin Rose, they could do so for $100. In addition Facebook is allowing users to contact people whom they have no direct connection with, in return for a $1 fee.
Facebook’s New Calling Feature: Facebook also unveiled a new calling feature that allows Facebook users to make calls over WiFi amongst each other. While Skype has offered this to its users for some time now, Facebook has a higher volume of constant users than any other platform that provides this feature. Some reports have hinted that this may be the beginning of Facebook moving towards releasing their own brand of phone.
Facebook’s Graph Search: This new feature allows users to connect with friends who users may have common interests with. Also social network users can now view a more organized and detailed friends list.