To some, friendship is priceless, for others, it's worth about 14 cents.
To be clear, we are talking about friends on Facebook, the social networking site that some 300,000 business are a part of so far.
Whether you run a small business or could just use more “friends,” one company, uSocial, is willing to help you broaden your social network, for a price.
The New Cost of "Social" Security
Buying new friends will cost you: uSocial generally charges between about $197 and $1,300 for its services, though some deals currently offer 1,000 friends for $177.30 to 3,000 friends for $438.30. (Full pricing information can be found at uSocial.net).
While many social networking skeptics might immediately question the legitimacy of new so-called friends uSocial assures MainStreet they’re real, not just made-up pages and smart programs or bots that send out comments at random.
“We get [friends for customers] directly on Facebook by searching just like anyone else would,” says uSocial CEO Leon Hill. “When a client comes to us, we can target friends or fans for them in just about any industry or interest group and then we send requests or messages to them informing them of our client. From there, it's always up to the user to decide whether or not they want to follow the client, so nobody is being added to people's pages they don't want to be added to.”
By uSocial’s estimates, each additional friend can be worth $1 per month in additional revenue for you or your company, so making the investment in more friends may be worth it.
“The main reason I started uSocial is to provide high-quality advertising at a low cost,” says uSocial CEO Leon Hill. “Not only would I receive a bad reputation for my services if I were simply providing bots, but I would be delivering something to a client that would effectively be worthless."