Should Social Networks Pay You to Use Their Service? [Poll]

Recently we published an article about the social network Tsu that pays users to post on the platform. On the outset it seems like a win-win situation, but there has to be a downside, otherwise all social networks would be copying this business model. Should Tsu, or other social networks for that matter, pay you to use their service?

There doesn’t seem to be much of a downside to being paid for using a social network. The only negative is really a hidden positive. Not every post does well, so you won’t make a lot of money on everything you post. However, this would encourage you to post differently, and maybe that would improve the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. It would cut down on the amount of extraneous posts that mean nothing, such as someone posting what they had for dinner. The main positive is that if it’s something you’re doing anyway, why not make some money off of it? If you’re sharing pictures of your one-year-old’s birthday, wouldn’t it be nice to be paid every time a relative or friend views it?

Should this business model be followed for all social networks or just a select few? Does it change the way you think of posting to know you’ll get paid if a post connects with your followers?

Should social networks pay you to use their service?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. Social networks should NOT pay for posts. Social Networks paying users to post could become a method of shaping traffic by paying only for “approved” comments that further a particular agenda.

  2. Social networks that are being paid for generic advertising probably shouldn’t have to pay the users. Conversely, social networks that sell data-mined information about their users should pay their users for the right.

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