I was chatting to a friend of mine last night about Facebook. We’re doing a story for FM Campus about start-ups and making money, business plans and ideas online.
We came to a conclusion. Society is fairly messed up. We couldn’t decide is Facebook has created a stunning success from the “Gifts” or if society has downgraded itself to a pseudo-existence.
I am pushing toward the latter. What is wrong with people (especially locals) who spend money, US$1 or US$10, any money in fact, on purchasing a gift from Facebook (FB) for a friend? What are you thinking?
What is the purpose of these gifts? If you give your mate a sandwich that cost you US$1 they can’t eat when they receive it, they can’t smell the roses you sent them, pop the balloon, eat the cupcake or do anything with any of the gifts they’ve ever received. Ever. So what’s the point?
In my mind there are two reasons for this sort of insanity. Firstly you think that Mark Zuckerberg is such an incredible fellow that you would like to give him your money, so you buy a gift for someone. Or secondly society has sunk to such lows that we need to parade gif-file gifts on a FB profile page to make ourselves look cool in our cyber-existence. Again I think I lean to the latter and that concerns me a lot.
So for today I am happy that I am South African, that the exchange-rate is too high for me to be willing to pass through a R10 purchase on my credit card to Facebook to place a roll of toilet paper gift on my best mates profile page. Nonsense I tell you.
I am still interested to know how many South Africans are spending money on gifts. I think I might be scarily surprised at the number.
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