We have been suggesting that sharing REAL gifts through social networks is a viable solution for dispersed family and friends. We have even built a demonstration application called AlbinoPhant to prove our point.
Sometimes we feel like our story if falling on deaf-ears; because the idea is so new and unproven…
But we know it can be done and are just waiting for others to agree.
We would like to thank the Reddit users for their absolute proof that a gift exchange can be organized and completed using internet connections.
Antonio Cangiano’s Blog shares the story: Antonio writes; “Dan McComas (kickme444 on Reddit) came up with a website to collect sign-ups, and put forward a few ground rules for participants. For instance, to cut down on the number of ill-intentioned users (the so called trolls), only users who were already registered with Reddit before November 10, 2009 were allowed to sign-up for the gift exchange.”
Further TechCrunch reported that this Secret Santa style exchange has demonstrated that almost 4500 internet users can exchange personal details (including shipping information) and share over 5000 gifts with other online users.
Now, these were not virtual gifts…
The Reddit group shared $160,000 in REAL gifts!
They even earned a Guinness World Record for thier efforts.
OK, people…. WE TOLD YOU THIS COULD BE DONE…!!!
We also suggested that sharing real gifts and using the images to represent the real thing, would work as well… Again the proof of this vision is in the redditgifts.com photo gallery.
We now have proof that an online gift exchange can be hosted, organized, facilitated, and indeed work in social spaces.
PartyWeDo will continue to promote this opportunity for family and friends to share real gifts online, using a fun and engaging traditional party game. We are confident that the rest of the world will eventually catch up…
Thank you Dan and your Reddit community for proving our point…
The AlbinoPhant Creators
Your Party 2.0 Specialists