Sign of the times…
Facebook warned Thursday that members who buy "friends" from an Australian online marketing company could face banishment from the social network.
The Brisbane-based firm, uSocial.net, offered this week to sell a Facebook user 1,000 friends for 177 dollars and 5,000 friends -- the limit imposed by Facebook on a standard profile account -- for 654 dollars.
USocial chief executive Leon Hill, in a statement promoting his service, said "Facebook is an extremely effective marketing tool as anyone with a large number of targeted friends or fans can attest to.
"The only problem is that it can be extremely difficult to achieve such a following, which is where we come in," Hill said.