I know that Facebook has been scrambling like mad to try to find additional ways of making profit since they turned out to not make as much money as the IPO suggested, but this gift card thing is really ticking me off. I’m sure you’ve seen this, presuming you are on Facebook. Wish someone a happy birthday and Facebook will pop up a window suggesting you buy them a gift card to Target, Starbucks, Olive Garden, or similar.
It’s also spreading. I commented on a friend’s post the other day that had nothing to do with his birthday and Facebook ‘helpfully’ suggests: Why not buy him a Starbucks gift card?
Why? Because I don’t want to. If I wanted to, chances are I’d have done it already. Throwing up another pop up window is more likely to get in my way and screw up what I was trying to do than get me to buy something. Frankly, most people I would buy a gift for would not commonly be getting Starbucks, Target, or Olive Garden gift cards anyway.
Of course, I know that this is just the price of using Facebook and it is only going to get worse. I understand this and am trying to accept it as best as I possibly can. However, that does not mean that I won’t complain about it. I like complaining.