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…Face Your Manga gives you an identity?

Face Your Manga

Face Your Manga is the current craze in the Twitter world, as it allows you to quickly and easily create a face from an almost endless amount of options that you can then use as your avatar.

It also works on forums, social network profiles, and anywhere else you need to put a face to your name, so check it out and see what you can do.

[Face Your Manga]

(Mine is currently on my Twitter Profile if you’d like to see it.)

…It’s Things Thursday: Facebook Gifts?

Facebook Gifts Blue Spheres

Today, the ‘book and the ‘soft joined forces, and Microsoft gave Facebook $240 million at a valuation of $15 billion for an expansion of their advertising partnership.

$15 billion?

A site that lets people poke each other and share pictures is worth $15 billion?

Yes; and here’s why: Facebook prints money.

Facebook has created a product that turns a 99.99% profit, has incredibly (almost infinitely) high demand, and costs nothing to make.

What is this mystery product?

Facebook Gifts.

What are Facebook Gifts?

“Facebook Gifts allows you to send personalized messages with icons to your friends on Facebook.”

Basically a .gif with a message, these “Gifts” are a perfect example of why Facebook is worth $15 billion (and probably even more).

Facebook Gift Unicorn

Take, for example, today’s Gift: A Unicorn.

I’m going to go ahead and assume that with a few MS Paint skills and a spare hour, I could crank out the unicorn image that they’re using.

And if I were Facebook, and I did go ahead and create this unicorn Gift; how much would I expect to get paid for my hour of work?

$10 million.

That’s right, Facebook will eventually make $10 million from this crappy unicorn .gif.

Not bad for an hour’s work.

Why?

I have no idea.

To clarify: I do know why they’ll make $10 million: Because people will eventually buy 10,000,000 of these crappy unicorns. What I don’t know is why people will eventually buy 10,000,000 of these crappy unicorns. I mean, it is a crappy unicorn after all.

I think part of the reason why Facebook can sell so many of these things is that they have hit upon the perfect price point. Users don’t see $1 as being a lot of money, so they’ll gladly skip their next iTunes download to let their friend know that they care.

If Gifts were free, no one would want one. You’d give them to your friends, and they’d simply add them to the pile of other free gifts. Put a $1 price tag on the Gift however, and suddenly, giving a gift is a momentous occasion. You’re spending your hard earned cash, and sending your friend something of value.

And hey, it’s not like everyone else is going to get the same one, right? Aren’t they at least part of a limited edition?

Yes; if you consider 10,000,000 to be a limited edition.

That’s right, 9.999,999 other people are going to get that very same ‘limited edition’ unicorn, and Facebook is going to get 10,000,000 one dollar bills added to their bank account.

Amazing.

Like I said, they print money.

And despite my despising of the Facebook Gift idea, I will say this: I’ll gladly plop down a hard earned Washington for one of these the day Facebook comes out with a Gift in the shape of a T-Shirt that says: “My friend just spent $1, and all I got was this lousy Gift”.

Hey, a guy can dream…

[Facebook]

…You can be too networked?

NOSO

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the constant requirements of the social networking environments, then NOSO is for you. Designed to be a “real-world platform for temporary disengagement”, it lets you create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

The events, which take place at cafes, parks, libraries, bookstores, and other public spaces, bring together participants whose identities remain unknown to one another. They agree to arrive at an assigned time and remain alone, quiet and un-connected. The events last for 1-30 minutes, and then participants disperse and return to their regular activities.

If shutting down your blogging, vlogging, podcasting, Skyping, texting, IMing, dating, trading, buying and selling self sounds like the perfect getaway, then sign up for the next NOSO, and enter the oasis.

[NOSO]

[Via: The Presurfer]

…Amie Street wants to change the way you buy music?

Amie Street

Amie Street is a new way of purchasing music online that “combines the best elements of social networking, online music retail and discovery engines”. Independent artists can promote and sell their DRM free music, and fans can explore, recommend and buy that music. All songs start out free, and the price rises (up to a max of 98 cents) as the song becomes more popular. That way, new stuff gets discovered and expensive stuff is probably going to be worth the cost. When a user finds a song they like, they can recommend it to their friends, and earn credits towards future music purchases as the song rises in popularity. It’s definitely an interesting concept, and one that I like a lot. Hopefully more publishers will come to realize that they need to change the way people buy music.

[Amie Street]

[Via: Boing Boing]