How to buy iTunes gift cards from Facebook

Facebook finally released Facebook Gifts for many users [1. One reader reports that Facebook Gifts are unavailable in Australia. Could be US only at this point.]. This feature lets you buy and ship a gift to another Facebook user, including iTunes gift cards. iTunes gift cards are more versatile than some people realize. They can be used towards purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store. Here’s how to send someone an iTunes gift card via Facebook.

First, find your lucky recipient’s timeline and follow these steps:

  1. On their timeline, click the new gift icon.
  2. Three suggestions appear. Click More Gifts.
  3. A window appears. It’s really annoying that you can’t search gifts by name. To find iTunes gift cards, click the category drop-down menu and select Fun.
  4. Click the gift cards.
  5. Choose $10, $15, $25 or $50.
  6. Click Next in the lower right-hand corner.
  7. Select a card and add a message.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Add your payment details and you’re all set.

Your recipient will receive the “card” you made with our message and iTunes card.

Facebook for iPhone’s step back

A recent update to Facebook for iPhone has re-introduced a feature I loathe. When the app was new, the send button on the comment creation screen was positioned just above the keyboard. It was a real nuisance because I often accidentally hit it mid-sentence. The result was partial comments that confused those reading them (above).

The button was moved away from the keyboard with a subsequent update and I was happy.  Now it’s back and I’m posting sentence fragments again.

Please, Facebook, put it back where it was. It’s a real hassle where it is now.

“Sharing the most meaningful and important parts of your life”

I’m watching Mark Zuckerberg discuss Facebook’s new Timeline feature at F8, and he mentioned his company’s desire to help people share “the most meaningful and important parts of your life.” Perhaps I follow uninteresting clods, but nearly everyone I know on Facebook restricts their wall updates to photos of food, their kids and fart jokes.

Are there people interested in sharing “the story of their lives” on Facebook?