This week players of Facebook games found themselves unexpectedly rewarded for their playtime. The frequent messages that Facebook has awarded the gamer with credits signals Facebook's push to implement Facebook Credits , a virtual currency intended to standardize payments across the multitude of Facebook applications. The push of the credits program has also signaled a rise in the number of scams centered around it.
The credits can be used for virtual items, gifts, and power-ups in games such as Bejeweled Blitz, Farmville, Mafia Wars and Treasure Madness. Facebook is using a "first taste is free" approach to hook users on credits. Users are seeing popups appear to inform them that they've won Facebook credits. (Users should be careful when claiming their prizes.)
The company's prepared for the push. It's made it as easy as possible for users can buy Facebook credits for 10 cents each --pay with credit card, Paypal or mobile phone. They can also earn credits by filling out surveys or through winning them in promotions .
Benefits to developers for using the standardized system include increasing the market and making it easier for consumers to buy items. But Facebook Credits aren't free to use. Facebook charges a fee of 30 percent per transaction and moreover, spells out other restrictions on developers, such as restrictions on selling credits or accepting credits for tangible goods.Shawn Foust on VentureBeat offers a list of strategies for developers who want the advantages that Facebook credits provide , while minimizing their cost.
I like facebook,basically if we are talking about Facebook Credits,its a virtual currency and you can use to buy virtual goods in many games and applications on the Facebook platform.its allow you to price and transact digital goods and services in Facebook's virtual currency.
Now I understand why there are emails sent to me regarding games credits. Facebook really wants to make good social relationship to their members especially those who are playing games. But then, did they really gain benefits from it? Quite curious in that part. Thanks.