Funny, Marc. I knew this was coming, but it came way too fast for me to be ready for. I had hoped to be ready with a bunch of disc golf gifts, so I'll be scrambling.
(If anyone has a gift image they'd like added in as a potential gift, please send them to me - firstname.lastname@example.org - as jpg, gif, or png files, under 10 KB in size, along with a description. I'd like this to become a way to feature beautiful disc art and some of our best stamps.)
It's something I have been seeing on Facebook and elsewhere. People actually use PayPal to buy gifts for friends and send them to them, inside the network. (Similar but not identical things are how totally virtual stuff is becoming a big industry, like "real" estate in Second Life :)
Each gift costs the sender 75 credits and Ning has given everyone some free credits to start with. I can't change the pricing on anything, or the categories, yet.
Sheila is totally mystified why anyone would do this, but it seems to be very popular on Facebook. We'll see.
Ken, since we're experimenting, I think that we can try pretty much anything out and see who likes what. Given the image sizes, I am not sure that scenery art would be visible enough, but if it were a photo of a specific hole and the basket was at least visible, maybe. For example, "John just gave Terry Hole 5 at the Winthrop Gold Course."
I'm pretty open to anything for the rest of this calendar year, with the intent of putting more structure on it starting in January.
Credits: My understanding is that Ning gave each of us some credits to start with, and that to get more credits you have to use Paypal to buy them. I have no ability to change the credits, price of credits, etc. At the moment I can't even create a special disc golf category, although I think that is coming.
Ohhh...OK. So if I have a decent disc golf or scenic photo...I could use THOSE as gifts?
As far as the credits thing...I am going to hold off on buying any for the time being (how much will a credit cost?). I still have not got a handle on how it all is going to work, although when it DOES all come together it will be pretty cool.
When you get a gift you feel warm inside, much like a 12 year old girl who has just trained an imaginary pony to do a handstand. Then, two weeks later the postman will bring you a package, and inside the package will be the gift you received. If the gift you received was an imaginary pony that can do handstands, you will feel warm inside. In this way, we will make the world a better place. Truly, isn't this wondrous?