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Facebook to Test Option for Paid Messages Between Users, Announces New Filtering Controls (Inside Facebook)
Facebook Thursday announced a small test that will allow some users to pay $1 to send direct messages to another user’s inbox rather than their “other” folder. The social network is also releasing new filtering options for users to help ndicate who they want to see messages from. Mashable Currently, if you send a Facebook message to someone you’re not connected to, it may end up in the Other tab, an oft-overlooked subsection of the inbox that basically serves as a spam folder, depending on whether you have mutual connections. With the new option, however, you would be able to pay a premium to ensure that the message ends up in the main inbox where it’s likely to be seen by the recipient. CNET Facebook gave a couple of examples of messages that might count as relevant and worth paying for: “This test is designed to address situations where neither social nor algorithmic signals are sufficient. For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with, or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox. For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them.” USA Today Users will get two choices for filtering messages: a basic version for friends or “friends of friends,” and a strict option that only allows Friend messages. Users would only receive a maximum of one of these paid messages per week. TechCrunch The new filters help out with the new version of Facebook Messenger For Android that allows signups from people without Facebook accounts. If a non-Facebook user that has your phone number in his/her address book tries to message you, Facebook might let that through.

Instagram Reverts to Original Terms of Service for Advertising Practices (SocialTimes)
After a backlash from its users in response to proposed changes to its terms of service, Instagram said Thursday that it would go back to existing legal language that describe its advertising policies. Instagram does not currently support advertising, but is expected to do so soon. VentureBeat “I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do,” wrote co-founder Kevin Systrom in a blog post. Instead, it said that user data such as profile photo and user name could be used in conjunction with future business promotion efforts, similarly to how Facebook runs its Sponsored Stories program. AllThingsD Instagram officials (and, presumably, their new bosses at Facebook) feel bad about the way users reacted to its legalese, and they want users to feel better. But if you don’t want to see ads on the service, or want to be assured that your stuff won’t show up in an ad, you’re going to want to look somewhere else. SocialTimes Kim Kardashian tweeted her displeasure after learning that Instagram, of which she is a prolific user, could potentially use her likeness in future advertising. “I really loved Instagram,” she wrote on Dec. 18. “I need to review this new policy. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Adobe Adds Designer Network Behance to its Portfolio (SocialTimes)
Adobe Systems has acquired Behance, a social network for designers. The software giant Thursday announced its plans to add Behance’s community features to its own Creative Cloud, which serves professionals who use Photoshop and other tools.

NYPD Sharing Criminals’ Photos on Twitter (AllTwitter)
The Daily Intelligencer reports that there’s a New York Police Department captain actively and unapologetically shaming criminals on Twitter. “Everyone can absorb this information and intelligently assimilate it and look out for their neighbors and look out for their community,” he told DNAinfo.

Internet Luminaries Call for Moment of Virtual Silence for Newtown Victims (SocialTimes)
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has called for a moment of silence this Friday at 9:30 Eastern in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, and tech VIPs and celebrities are promoting a related event online. Industry leaders Ron Conway, an angel investor and the head of San Francisco’s new tech chamber of commerce, sf.citi, Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Napster pioneer Sean Parker are teaming up with celebrities including Britney Spears, MC Hammer and Joe Montana to push for five minutes of virtual silence to accompany the Connecticut event.

Twitter Fiction Infographic (GalleyCat)
Twitter opened its Twitter Fiction Festival this year, showcasing writers from more than 20 countries that will “push the bounds of what’s possible with Twitter content.” Using a free infographic-making tool, we tracked the life of the #TwitterFiction hashtag where readers shared their stories.

Tumblr Update Delivers iPad Optimization (SocialTimes)
Tumblr launched an update of its iOS app this week that delivers iPad optimization. Users on iPad have more direct access to Tumblr’s basic content-sharing menu and will see larger photos.

6 Awesome ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ Parodies on YouTube (SocialTimes)
Last month, Metro Trains Melbourne went viral to spread a message about train safety with an awesome music video called “Dumb Ways To Die.” The song is pretty catchy and amazing and, seeing as it’s been stuck in our heads for the past month, we thought it was high time to put together a list of some of the best parodies.

Does Gangnam Style Fulfill Nostradamus’ End Of World Prophecy? [Video] (SocialTimes)
With more than 990 million views, it’s looking more and more likely that Psy’s Gangnam Style is going to hit 1 billion views today, Dec. 21, 2012, a day that many also believe to be the end of the world. While anticipation for Psy’s 1 billion views has overcome end-of-the-world fears for many, one YouTube video sheds new light on the issue and purports that, perhaps, Gangnam Style’s new YouTube record will actually be the catalyst that leads to the ultimate demise of the human race.

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