We here at FBHive love free stuff (who doesn’t?), and this includes Facebook gifts. We love giving them and we love receiving them, especially now that they come with +1 credit (that’s 10 US cents worth!). Sure, we could get into a debate about the intrinsic value of a virtual gift, but when they’re free – who cares!
Sadly, we feel that Facebook doesn’t do enough to promote these free gifts. An ad will appear in the sidebar occasionally, but for the most part, new free gifts are usually something we discover ourselves while browsing the Facebook Gift Shop. There is currently no way to be notified when something new appears.
With the old Gift Shop layout, the free gifts were easy to find because there was an option to sort by price. Now, with the recent redesign, that option has disappeared. Not only that, but some free gifts don’t even appear in the Shop – they can only be found on the Facebook Page of the company/product that’s sponsoring them.
So, as part of our regular feed of Facebook news, we plan to inform you whenever we discover a new free gift. Stay tuned as we play a bit of catch-up and let you know what’s currently available to be given away and make someone’s day (without a cent to pay).
Go here to see all the free Facebook gifts as we post them:
Oh, and just so you know…
Facebook’s Free Gift Rules
- You cannot give a free gift to yourself.
- You can give away the same free gift multiple times, but not to the same person.
Facebook announced on their Developers blog today the “Facebook Live Stream Box”, a feature that any website owner or developer can install to enable Facebook users to connect, share, and post updates in real-time, with a particular focus on online live events.
Examples they suggest include “live streaming videos of concerts, speeches, sporting events, webcasts, TV shows, presentations, or webinars” as well as “multi-player games, or with any other experience where many people are visiting a website at the same time.”
This feature first emerged in January when Facebook teamed up with CNN.com for the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration, allowing you to view your friends’ Facebook status updates and comments side by side with real-time streaming video on CNN’s website. Since then they have worked with several established websites for other live broadcasts, including TNT’s NBA All-Star Game and many of the sites that covered the Oscars.
It wasn’t long after we published our post that noted and speculated on Facebook’s recent Publisher redesign that our prediction was confirmed. Facebook just announced on their blog that they’re launching a beta version of an “improved Publisher” today.
The new Publisher is described as being more streamlined and, most notably, includes a “Publisher Privacy Control”, the official name for the “Everyone button” feature that both TechCrunch and All Facebook described a week ago.