Would people use Facebook Gift?
Facebook users can now buy their friends something straight from Facebook for their birthdays or occasions.
Facebook recently launched a new feature: Facebook Gift; that allows you to give your friends gift cards to use at some popular stores like: Target, Olive Garden, Jamba Juice, and Sephora. More stores are expected to be added in the future.
Be careful when disclosing things about yourself on the Internet
Remember that most sites like Facebook do not allow people below 13 years of age to register or use their services. Disclosing a lot of details about your identity is a risky thing and use of credit cards to buy stuff must be done only on reputed websites
So if someone actually buys a ‘Gift’ for their friend, the friend will learn about the gift as soon as they buy it.
Good thing if someone forgets to buy their best friend a present. They can now just hop on Facebook and give them a gift card.
This is also useful since it is a card being mailed to the friend’s house. The card can also be ‘topped-up’. This means the friend can use it over and over again. The friend can see what is left on their card by viewing the Facebook site. This is helpful because they might forget how much money they have left if they used the card for a small purchase and want to spend the rest later.
It is not all hunky dory though. People are scared of using their credit card numbers on Facebook because they feel it could be misused in some way or the other.
Another problem is that you can’t switch between stores after the buyer chooses them for the friend.
For example, if someone gives you $20 for “Target”, you can’t decide to take the card to “Olive Garden” instead. Some may complain about this, and others might think it is OK- because it works just like any other Gift Card that you purchase from a store
Facebook came out with the original gift feature in September 2012. At the time, people could only buy a friend something from a list of available products such as chocolates, pencils, or iTunes cards. Many people complained about not being able to send things their friend wanted. This new addition allows for the friend to have some more choices.
Check out a YouTube news review of the gift features above.
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