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Facebook heads into e-commerce

One of Facebook's most popular features is the “Like” button that has been around for a few years. The Like button allows users to publically display that they like posts or specific brands. Facebook is rolling out a new feature that is in testing right now that allows users to create wish lists of all sorts of products ranging from clothing to home furnishings and more. 
Reuters reports that Facebook is working with seven retailers, including Pottery Barn and Victoria's Secret to test the feature. The “Want” button will allow users to flag images of products that they want to purchase.
"People will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook is reportedly calling the feature Collections and it is believed to be a push to help link its billion users with external online stores.
Analyst Colin Sebastian said, "E-commerce is one of the best ways to monetize the Internet. Thinking about how large they are as a platform and how engaged people are, there are lots of levers they haven't pulled yet in terms of monetization."
Sebastian did indicate that there is potential for Facebook to earn a transaction fee for referring users to the external e-commerce sites. There's also a chance that retailers could pay Facebook to promote products that are featured in a user's wish list in a manner similar to that of Facebook's current ad offerings.
The Collections feature will eventually be offered to all U.S. users of Facebook. 

Source: Reuters

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Coming Soon...
By lightfoot on 10/9/2012 11:38:40 AM , Rating: 5
Coming Soon: The "Mine" button.

Prototyped as a "Have" button, the system was highly effective at highlighting the typical consumerism of the average Facebook user and allowed metrics to be collected on how much value is effectively destroyed by each Facebook user in their innate drive to consume useless junk. It also allowed Facebook users to brag to their friends about their "Have" score. Like Microsoft gamer points or Sony's trophies, Facebook users will now have a consumer score. However, it didn't have the "me"-centric feel of the rest of the site, so it was rejected in favor of the "Mine" button.

The logical progression is: "I like it." "I want it." "It's mine." "Share." This allows the cycle to then be repeated by all your "Facebook friends."

It must be noted, that the "Share" button doesn't actually allow you to really share anything, it's actually functionally a "Brag" button. It was given the "Share" name to protect the fragile Egos of Facebook users and avoid the negative connotations of "Bragging."

RE: Coming Soon...
By Motoman on 10/9/2012 1:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
Then they need a "F%ck" button.

And then we can see who, truly, gives a F%ck.

RE: Coming Soon...
By BillyBatson on 10/9/2012 6:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
I thought this was funny :)

RE: Coming Soon...
By Ramstark on 10/9/2012 9:08:46 PM , Rating: 2
+6 This please and hurry up to patent the idea.

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