CNNMoney Facebook doing away with annoying requests to send friends gift cards CNNMoney You will no longer be prompted with a wrapped-present icon to send your friends a Starbucks (SBUX) or Target (PBCFX) gift card on their birthdays — Facebook’s…
Seems like this is the 2394th time Facebook is hitting a wall with eCommerce and gifts.
Investors were quite happy about their strategy after they acquired Karma, a startup dedicated to sending physical gifts to friends without requiring to enter their address.
The word is that this move was necessary as the Gift product was not living up to Facebook’s expectation, and they decided to focus on creating another very different eCommerce experience for their users, working on a "Buy with Facebook" button.
A birthday present gone awry is a gift card lesson Kansas City Star The easiest thing would have been to order the gift card on Amazon’s website.
Joel Cheuoua‘s insight:
Sometimes it seems like technology is moving too fast, and it doesn’t feel good. We have a natural tendency to do things in a traditional way, because it’s the way we know, and it’s easy to forget or ignore reasons why things with funny, geekish names like "cloud" or "apps" exist in the first place.
And then there’s stories like this that remind us, or makes us realize…
Birthday gifts and birthday wishes sent online are taking over as a popular alternative to traditional gift and greeting cards for very good reasons: They usually save you money, and you don’t need to worry about delays or problems with postal mail.
Plus with services like Facebook, it’s really a lot easier to send your birthday wishes from the comfort of our homes to all our friends.
A wise man said that experience is the most brutal of all teachers. But you learn … my god do you learn.
Birthday Card Effort Continues for Ailing PES Student cctimesdemocrat The effort to have 1,000 birthday cards sent to an ailing Piggott Elementary School student has been a success, but organizers are still encouraging those wanting to send a card…
Dayton Gilkison (front) and his family with some of the 1,000-plus birthday cards he has received. Also pictured are his dad, Joey Gilkison, his mom, Heather, younger brother Trace and sister McKenzie. (courtesy photo)
Avoid gift-giving panic with these creative ideas for any anniversary The Signal
Long-term cures for spectacular present ideas hover in that horrible category of paying attention and writing things down.
Joel Cheuoua‘s insight:
This is a really cool and witty summary of the base strategies to using technology for avoiding falling into the pitfall of common bad gift.
We use a savvy blend of these tips in our Gift Genie app to provide suggestions powered both by the crowd and by algorithms.
The closing thoughts are also inspiring, especially at the very end
“Alternatively, experiences are often better than things. At least they don’t gather dust.
Romantic dinners, skydiving adventures and long bike rides are all great experiences. Or sex. Sex is good too. Just make sure the package stays wrapped.”
With the caveat that engaging with friends on Facebook is largely depending on Facebook’s news feed algorithm that sometimes doesn’t show everything. Important updates and even birthdays are sometimes missed.
To Facebook’s credit, they are trying their best to filter out noise and spam from signal. It’s not an easy feat, and they still have a lot of room for improvements.
Nevertheless, the value of Facebook, as described here, still holds.
‘Happy Birthday slutbag’: Are ‘funny’ rude greeting cards going too far?
It’s your birthday, and a friend hands you a card.
Joel Cheuoua‘s insight:
Yep, this is something we’ve seen times and times again. It seems like many publishers believes that the more a card is offensive, the “funnier” it is. And the “funnier” it is, the better it will be selected or sold.
On the long term, this unfortunately only reinforce the feeling many already have about birthdays being something not worth celebrating or being happy about.
Now, I’m male. And while I’m OK to admit that sometimes I very poorly express my sensitivity or fail to act on that very basic human trait that is empathy, I always have in me – at the very least – the interest and drive to improve.
Therefore I can’t help but keep wondering what’s really up with us…
It’s the story of an Irish dad that simply got one of the best – and tastiest – birthday card ever.
This was such an original idea for a birthday card that I got curious, and I did a quick research on Pinterest (there’s always something amazing and original on Pinterest!) to find some similar cards:
Source: Jak Salazar on Pinterest
And I ended up finding even more inspiring and creative birthday cards. some people are truly talented and amazing!
Source: Stephanie Beltz on Pinterest
In all cases, that’s an epic win in our books! Sometimes all it takes is just thinking with your heart and outside of the box. It goes a long way to making friends and family feel special for their special day.
These are some the very few occasions where I’m all for physical cards over digital birthday cards that are not only cheaper (how can you beat free) but also eco friendly, and a lot less problematic to send/mail.
Oh, and while you’re at it, check out some of these creative birthday cakes on Pinterest. It’s well worth it, and maybe some of you will find just the right the inspiration for their next party, or the right inspiration to do something even more brilliant or even more crazy! Just send me the pics!
Finding the perfect gift is never easy. For a friend, but also for ourselves!
There are so many things we want, and so many things we don’t. So many things that feels too cheap, others that are too expensive. Many things that friends like, many others that they don’t. Many things they already have, many things we can’t tell if they are good or bad.
There are just so many ways to go wrong.
While gifting is hard, it helps to keep in mind that birthday celebrations are all about making our loved ones feel like their special date is not forgotten, won’t ever be, and is celebrated as such: a special day.
So here’s an “ori-genial” idea to achieve that and to be on the safer side of the gift giving: If you are already using Birthday Cards to create free e-cards that all your friends can sign, you can also create custom products from your birthday card and signatures designs for a personalized, unique and orginal gift or souvenir that you and your friends will never forget! You can use your original designs to make a unique shirt, sticker, polo, sweatshirt and more.
In addition to custom & personalizable gifts, Birthday Cards is also coupled with our other app, Gifts List, that helps you to find gifts based on ideas suggested by mutual friends and also based on what your friends already said they like on Facebook. It let you save, share and discuss your ideas publicly or secretely with friends in common.
This helps you remember your ideas, and buy only when you’re ready to buy. It also makes it easy to ask opinions or find out if a friend already have a gift you are thinking about.
And you can save money too! Simply invite friends to collaborate and buy expensive gifts together, or just follow a gift idea: we will track the prices and you will receive an alert when there’s an interesting price changes.