This comes as no surprise at all, really. After all, with the Facebook front page upgrade some time ago, I’m surprised this hasn’t hit harder yet. Buy a status update on eBay, and get noticed. Or at least you could, the auction is removed. Inside Facebook broke the story, and has screenshots if you’re curious. It is basically the same as buying tweets, so expect this to grow in the coming months, even if Facebook outlaws it. After all, it is all a matter of how obvious you are in your status update endorsement of a product, person, page, or whatever.
See also: Facebook page owners are buying fans, an interesting story in itself.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.