I'm sure most people on FB see those alerts in the top right hand corner telling you that one of your friends is having a birthday. You can click on the announcement to type a message in to them. Used to be that was the end of it. This morning, once I typed in the message, I got a prompt saying "Becky likes Jimmy Buffet. Send her a CD! Click here" and when I declined that, another prompt popped up saying "Send Becky a gift!" and I also declined that.
I understand it's for FB to make some more money, but I also think stuff like this contributes to the "gimme" mentality that is becoming so prevalent today (case in point, Dame's blog entry yesterday on the girl who announced her birthday on FB to solicit cash). Just because my high school acquaintance from 20 years ago, whom I haven't seen in 20 years, is having a birthday doesn't mean I'm dying to spend my money and send her a gift.
Rubs me the wrong way. Thoughts?