Facebook Invents Digital Knick Knack
A possession should simplify one's life, not complicate or clutter it. I only keep gifts I can use. And for better or worse, I'm not afraid to tell someone when a gift they give me is impractical or useless (just ask my family).
When Facebook (a social network that connects people with friends) introduced gift giving - tiny tokens of appreciation, that live on your profile - I was appalled.
Each gift costs one dollar and serves no purpose other than to look cute. Its a digital knick-knack, an e-Chotzke.
Its no different from the crystal figurine gathering dust in your grandmother's living room. I thought we, as a society, had grown beyond this.
Worse, each gift costs one dollar. That's money that could be donated to charity, money that could help or support people - not benefit a company which will gross $150 million in revenues this year.
To the best of my knowledge, there are no returns.