Posts Tagged ‘Virtual Gifts’

Facebook Closing Giftshop August 1

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

It’s official. Those annoying gift messages that pop up every time you try to talk to your Facebook friends are no more. The Facebook Gifts feature will permanently close its doors on August 1. I for one will be happy to see it go. Why are they cancelling the feature?

“We’ll be able to focus more on improving and enhancing products and features that people use every day, such as Photos, News Feed, Inbox, games, comments, the “Like” button and the Wall.”

Sounds like a fair enough reason to quit on Facebook’s part. Hopefully security and privacy will join that list soon. I think the gifts feature started out well enough, but it got awkward after a while. It was one thing to send a fake gift for free, but to send a fake gift that you have to pay for doesn’t seem right. Facebook wasn’t the only player in that business though, and others will continue to charge for virtual products. I don’t have a problem with Facebook’s use of the service. I am, however, glad it’s gone though. It wasn’t something I used, and I couldn’t delete it from my apps page. I assume I’ll be able to do so now. It’s one less piece of Facebook clutter to deal with.

For those who spent a lot of time and money on Facebook gifts, this probably isn’t good news. Facebook claims the purchased gifts will continue to exist after the store closes. If you are one of those fond of spending money on virtual gifts, you’d better hurry. As Facebook has said, Last Call has been declared. You don’t have much time.