Friday, March 02, 2012

Facebook gets a credit app thingy

Facebook used to be a way to suck hours from your life finding out if all the people who you hated in high school have failed at life the way you had hoped. But now it’s a platform for you to suck hours of your life by moving your virtual bean plants to the other side of your pretend farm. But in a way that was limiting as well, because you couldn’t cheat to win without paying for it. Which was fine, but then you had to go into your PayPal account, remember your password, add your funds,wait for those funds to appear and then send them on.  By this point your boss totally knows what you’re doing, so you have to stop and get back to your TPS reports.

Well now Facebook has solved this hitch by putting an app on Facebook that lets you pay with a click of your mouse.  The Pay Dialog will let you use “Facebook credits” just like Pullman dollars or Microsoft points. You can earn and use these credits which will be charged through your phone bill.  Also you could probably give money to charities and stuff too.

But is this step in the right direction for Facebook or more importantly for their customers? They have been struggling for some time to figure out their next thing.  Ideas like the timeline have not been hitting as they would have hoped, but simple stuff like streamlining the things that are already successful is a great way to bankroll their next big idea.  

But paying for things on Facebook is a radical idea. The whole point of the thing was to give people someplace free to go to make it look like they have interesting lives.Paying for things on or through Facebook may have been inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cause it’s own problems. The biggest question is, at the end of the day how much does it cost? Paypal has had to be pretty transparent about what they’re charging where the money is going but Facebook has yet to make those promises.  There is also the fear that buying ten more tomato plants could cost you the down payment on a new fiat. And you won’t see these charges until you receive your phone bill in the mail/e-mail that you ignore. So this maybe an inevitability but people should still go in with their eyes open.