Everyone I know is on a Facebook kick. I myself was reluctant to get on board with it because I thought it was a teeny bopper thing. However, last fall when I was prodded by my sister, I signed up and gave it a whirl. The first thing that happened was that I got sucked into a game called Farmtown. Games are not my thing, but this was totally addicting. God forbid if my crops ever went to waste because it threw the rest of my day off. It was a total time sucker and my guilty pleasure. Other than that, I really didn’t connect with the whole Facebook thing except to monitor my son’s use of it which can be fun.
I really like when he puts up a status comment of “I’m bored”. Silly boy. Mom’s watching. As soon as I saw that, I commented back a laundry list of things he could be doing with his time including cleaning up his war zone like bedroom. And when he became a fan of “I was doing homework, then I ended up on Facebook” I sure had a comment for that. But other than torturing my kid with embarrassing comments, I didn’t have much use for the social networking tool until recently.
Companies are now realizing the power of Facebook. Just in the past few weeks I’ve noticed a bunch of totally free goodies you can get when you “fan” a company. What that means is that you go to the company’s Facebook page and click on the fan button which simply puts a statement on your Facebook profile that you like that company. Easy, right? Let me share with you what I’ve gotten for free from fanning these companies.
The very first freebie I got was a free meal from TGI Fridays. It was for a $8.99 burger that turned out to be totally yummy. As it should have been for the 1,600 calories it harbored. Moving on, I got a free blooming onion from Outback which I have yet to redeem due to the previous burger consumed. I also received a free photobook from Walgreens, $15 to spend at the Kodak Gallery, and my favorite freebie of all was the free box of Edible Arrangements that you see pictured below.
So I think this is the wave of the future. My guess is that many companies are going to jump on board with marketing on social networking tools like Facebook. Even if you don’t think you will use Facebook, it will still be a worthwhile time investment to sign up for the freebies alone. My question for all of you is two fold. Are you on Facebook and are you “fanning” companies for the freebies?
The Coupon Goddess