Facebook is adding a new product within its gifting service -- charitable donations.
As part of the social network's Facebook Gifts service, users can now send donations in a friend's name to organizations like the Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, or DonorsChoose.org.
The launch comes during the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that's destroyed homes and left countless people without power.
"We are especially pleased to be launching this test now -- when so many people are looking for new ways to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, or assist … Read more
When there was no choice about shopping, stores did as they pleased.
If they decided that the holiday season began when the clocks went back, then shoppers had to endure it.
Now, however, shoppers don't have to populate malls where the restrooms are clean, but the fountains are dirty.
Now, they have the Web.
It seems, indeed, that this year might represent an even greater rebellion against holiday decorations adorning stores before Thanksgiving.
I am speaking with the assurance of a drunken pollster, because I have before my eyes a survey performed on behalf of a cloud and mobile … Read more
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Facebook has sent out a barebones invite to a press event in New York next month to unveil some news about Facebook Gifts, the social network's new gifting service.
The invite, sent out to media today, features the text "You = Invited," with a gift bow in the background. The event will take place the evening of November 1 at the FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, according to the invite.
A Facebook representative said the company had nothing else to share besides the info on the invite.
Google has added a feature that lets Google Play users top off their credit by simply visiting the Web version of the storefront. The move comes on the heels of the recent introduction of physical gift cards in various retail stores.
Scrolling to the bottom of the Google Play store, you can now click on a link that allows for credit refills in various denominations. It's possible to purchase credit in increments of $5, $10, $15, $25, and $50.As of now, it's only possible to add to your own account, though I suspect we'll see gifting … Read more
Most people won't pay for a promoted post, but they would shell out the cash to buy their friends a gift through Facebook, according to a report from brokerage firm Sterne Agee.
The report (posted below) was based on a survey that asked more than 750 Facebook users to weigh in on the social network's latest ideas for making money -- increased advertising in the form of sponsored stories, Facebook gifts, promoted posts, and a possible search engine.
Of the four potential moneymakers, promoted posts is the least likely to succeed, according to the survey. When this feature … Read more
Users of the social network's Android app may notice birthday or celebration alerts popping up on top of their newsfeeds with a link to buy gifts.
This mobile promotion of Facebook Gifts, first noticed by TechCrunch, lets users click through a link to Facebook's gifting service. It's available through Android, and will be arriving on iOS in the coming weeks, according to a Facebook representative. For now, iOS users will also be able to see the notifications up top, but they won't be able to click through to purchase gifts.
While Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wouldn't affirm whether or not Facebook could take on Google in the search arena, it's clear the social-networking giant thinks there's an untapped revenue stream in a social search product.
"I think people are surprised how much search is done on Facebook, you know, every day there's an enormous percentage of search. There's also a promise in the market that search could become more social that we don't think this has been met," she told CNBC this morning. "When you're looking for information, … Read more