TLP: Facebook Credits, Not Just For Dorky Virtual Gifts and Farmville Anymore
So, Facebook already seems omnipresent. Buzzing on your smartphone, offering creepy stalker assistance in your car, helping you comment on the Internet, being your newspaper ... why not have it turn into your movie theater and bank at the same time?
Warner Brothers became the first major media company to offer a movie for rent on Facebook, a move that could position the social network to become a force in the digital distribution of movies, rivaling services like Netflix and iTunes.You can see where this is going, as more and more people let their asses wear a groove in their La-Z-Boys (note to editor: you are
Warner said on Tuesday that it would allow Facebook users in the United States to rent the film “The Dark Knight” directly on the social networking site, and pay for it using Credits, Facebook’s virtual currency. If other studios make similar moves, Facebook could tap a significant revenue stream, bolstering its Credits currency as it seeks to create a rival to PayPal and other payment systems.
The trick will be finding the right balance so that the consuming creatures still can manage to do something productive to pay for it all.