It’s finally happened. The giant that connected you to friends over the internet now wants you to connect with them in real life.
Facebook launched its Deals program today, which imitates every daily deals website you’ve ever visited. Except of course, these offers are all in one place. Once you’ve found a deal you like, you can share, buy and plan with your friends. The availability for deals ranges from 24 hours to a week.
You can find deals on Facebook through email and notifications or you can click the deals tab of your home page, which will appear if you list one of the five test cities (which include Atlanta) as your “current location” on Facebook. If your friends choose to share this information, you may also see the deals they buy or like in your news feed. Facebook is currently featuring deals from Opentable, Gilt City, Tippr, PopSugar City, Plum District, ReachLocal, Zozi, Home Run, KGB Deals, aDealio, and ViaGoGo.
You can also still access check-in deals, which was launched a few months ago to offer deals when you check in at local businesses from your cell phone.
The deals offered today haven’t knocked my socks off. Although maybe I’d feel differently if I was looking to buy 2 hours of horseback riding lessons for $25. Other deals today include a St. Regis birthday party for four children for $699 (yikes!), two Wiz Khalifa concert tickets for $38, and an $8 voucher for $20 worth of barbecue from Atlanta’s own deal site KGB deals.
As a side note, here’s a merchant’s horror story on the daily deal process. If you redeem deals, please mind your manners at these establishments.
What do you think of Facebook deals so far? Will the aggregation make bargain hunting easier for you?
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter