With news that Facebook gift sales and revenue are off to a rough start, they are starting to show how desperate they are for people to start buying gifts. Have you noticed their latest offer of desperation (Get $3 off your gift of $5 or more):

facebook offers desperation

Maybe they didn’t think people could see that they could buy their friends gifts when you go to wish them a happy birthday from the birthday notifications and below each person they tell you what to buy them:


Yes, I am sure my friend Matt, the cofounder of a startup called OneSpot, wants me to send him a Facebook Game for his birthday. Great targeting Facebook. You sure you understand his social graph?

Or maybe they are afraid we can’t see these big adds after we post a birthday message on a friend’s timeline:


Facebook, are you that desperate to prove your ads work or just simply don’t care enough about our experience?