Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn make it Facebook official

Facebook.comIf there is one thing Tiger Woods is great at, it’s golf. If there is one other thing, it’s keeping his private life extremely private.

So this announcement on Tiger’s Facebook page was pretty surprising. On Monday, Woods posted four pictures of himself and Lindsey Vonn, with the following message.

This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.

Vonn, who won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been rumored to be hanging with Tiger over the past few months (even borrowing his jet at one point), but this is first official announcement that the two are actually an item.

Here’s Vonn’s statement on the relationship:

I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV

Tiger had been spotted with his ex-wife (who is dating someone herself), but that looks to be have been just been a day out with the kids and nothing more.

Rory McIlroy starts dating a famous tennis player and now Tiger snags an Olympian. I bet that would be one competitive game of Boggle if the four ever did a game night.

Paying for Facebook???

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Facebook Tests Payments to Send Messages

Facebook Inc. said Thursday it has begun testing a system for users to send messages to people outside their immediate circle of social contacts for a payment of one dollar, as the company continues to find new ways to capitalize on its popularity.

In a statement posted online, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social site cited research showing that “imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful.”

Facebook says the new test is designed to route messages sent from outside of a network of contacts around the lower-priority “Other” folder on a Facebook page, and directly into a user’s “Inbox“—for a small fee.

Each message sent will initially cost $1, though Facebook plans to continue tinkering with prices.

Facebook said the new message-routing feature will only be for personal messages between people in the U.S., and the maximum number that can be sent around someone’s Other folder to their Inbox per week is capped at one.

The latest move comes a few months after Facebook started testing a separate service that enabled users to pay $7 to make their personal posts more visible among contacts on the site.

Facebook, which has garnered one billion monthly active users, is also pursuing a number of online advertising and commerce initiatives as it seeks to bolster investor confidence.

After going public in May with its shares priced at $38, Facebook’s stock proceeded to dip below $20.

However, the shares have risen more than 20% in the past three months, and were trading at about $27.30 Thursday afternoon.