/// Facebook Pushes "Gifts" Hard in Time for the Holidays
I am horrible with holiday gift shopping. Always wait until the last minute, always fighting the crowds at retailers to score a crappy gift from the already-picked-clean shelves. I hate every second of it. Facebook knows procrastinators like me exist. To take advantage of it, the company is slowly rolling out a banner-ad-like push for its Gifts product, stuck front and center at the top of every Facebook member’s news feed ( Update : that is, every U.S. member’s news feed) — mobile news feeds, too. Click a button, and you’re taken to the gift-buying menu screens straightaway. Gifts, as you may recall, is Facebook’s e-shopping initiative introduced in September, a way to send physical and digital goods to any of your Facebook friends without having to exit the site. Products range from food and wine to digital music and cutesy teddy bears. And the “send a gift!” button is plastered all over the upper-right-hand corner of users’ news feed pages, giving it a lot of real estate (and, subsequently, eyeball time in front of every U.S. Facebook user). More importantly, it’s another revenue stream for the company. And according to a number of recent analyst investment notes I’ve received recently, the Street is bullish on the company’s prospects because of it and other initiatives like Gifts. I’m suspect, however, considering that some of the margins in sending physical gifts are so small, it’s difficult to imagine Facebook making huge amounts of money off the product.