You see a post offering a $200 Nike gift card, so you share it (as requested) because “it can’t hurt to try!” Well, it may not “hurt,” but at the least, it’s super annoying to see these pop up all the time (they’re obviously not real, come on) — and at the worst, they actually do hurt, spreading malware to your own and your equally gullible friends’ computers. It’s time to stop this madness, folks. Sit on your hands until the urge to share these things passes if you have to.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” host Jimmy Fallon celebrating 1 million Facebook likes; as well as the photo atop the post posted by hip-hop star and actor Will Smith to honor the late James Avery, his co-star in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Customers of grocery chain Kroger who planned to use the $250 gift cards they received through posts on Facebook to stock up for Christmas dinner may want to make alternate plans, as WAFF of Huntsville, Ala., reported that the promotion is actually a scam.
Restaurant group Landry’s — parent company of chains including Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick, Morton’s, Rainforest Café, and Saltgrass — teamed up with Facebook gifting application eGifter to add the ability for groups of Facebook friends to contribute to gift cards.
Now that the Halloween costumes have been put away and all of the candy has been eaten, Thanksgiving is the next big holiday on tap, as well as the shopping frenzies that accompany the long weekend on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How should brands on Facebook be preparing for the holiday?