Facebook Gifts to Close Shop
Article by George Norman
On 14 Jul 2010
If you’re on popular social networking site Facebook and you want to send someone a gift, you can easily do so – for now. In the future you will no longer be able to do so. Come the 1st of August, the Facebook gift shop will close down. As the Facebook team explained, by closing down the Gift Shop, the team can focus on other products.

“The Facebook Gift Shop is closing on Aug. 1 as we focus instead on improving other products. As of that date, you will no longer be able to give new gifts from the Gift Shop,” announced Product Manager for Games and Credits with Facebook, Jared Morgenstern.

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There you have it – as of August 1, the Gift Shop will close down and you will no longer be able to send gifts from the Gift Shop. What about the gifs you already have, the gifts you received in the past that are currently on your wall? Will they be affected by the shop closing down? As Facebook explained, you will not lose these gifts. They will continue to remain visible on your Wall; you will be able to view them on your gifts page as usual (click here and you’ll be redirected to your gifts page).

“Closing the Gift Shop may disappoint many of the people who have given millions of gifts, but we made the decision after careful thought about where we need to focus our product development efforts. We'll be able to focus more on improving and enhancing products and features that people use every day, such as Photos, News Feed, Inbox, games, comments, the "Like" button and the Wall,” added Jared Morgenstern.

If you want to keep sending and receiving gifts on Facebook, you are not out of options. There are 3rd party apps that can do this, like Birthday Cards, Hallmark Social Calendar, Pieces of Flair and someecards.



Tags: Facebook, Gifts, Gifts Shop
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