|Wed Nov 14 2012 11:29:51|
Would You Use Amazon's Friends and Family Gifting?
By: Julia Wilkinson
Some folks recently got emails about a new service from Amazon called "Friends and Family Gifting." The idea behind the service is to "Keep track of birthdays and gift ideas, get shopping reminders for every occasion, and find and remember friends' Wish Lists."
You can either connect to the app via Facebook, and add your Facebook Friends and family who have also chosen to connect their Amazon accounts to Facebook; or you can manually add friends to a separate list that you can access on Amazon.
I like the idea of getting birthday reminders, but the part of these kinds of apps that gives me pause is the part that says the app has "Access to post on your behalf." Exactly what is it posting on my behalf? My birthday? The last five things I bought? The fact that I buy really expensive coffee way too frequently?
The app has a FAQ which explains a lot about the app, but I'm still not clear about what it's going to post on my behalf. The FAQ notes that "You can use Facebook Connect to easily grab information about your friends and family such as profile pictures, birth dates, sometimes Wish Lists, and your friend's 'Likes' to help you get more personalized gift suggestions"; and also that it can "only find your friends' Wish Lists with Facebook Connect if they are also Facebook Connected with Amazon for privacy reasons."
It also clearly states "Customers do not have to interact with Facebook in any way to enjoy Friends & Family Gifting. We just thought it made for an easy way to add friends and grab their pictures and birthdays."
Is this a feature you would want to use? Does anything about it give you pause? Do you think you would use it this holiday season? And finally, do you even keep a "wish list" on Amazon? Post a comment here!