Sign up for Facebook through your mobile and get free talktime worth Rs. 50
In order to expand it's user base India, Facebook has decided to offer free talk time worth Rs. 50 to the users who sign up on the social networking website through their mobiles. Other than that, Facebook also offers the same amount of talk time to you, if somebody signs up via your referral.
At a press conference, the Country Growth Manager of Facebook, Kevin D'Souza said, "We keep on trying new things. Because we do not know what will work. This is one of the tests. Just to get a feel of it, this particular test is being done in India."
But many analysts also believe that this move would do more harm than good, as it will result in addition of more fake profiles on the Social networking website.
If anyone wishes to avail this offer, they'll have to go to http://m.facebook.com/tt and sign up for Facebook from there to get Rs. 50 worth of free talk time. It is to be noted that this limited time offer is valid for the new sign ups only. However, the existing users can also get the free talk time if they refer other users to Facebook.
Commenting on this offer, Facebook said, "Once you sign up and confirm your account, you will receive the talktime within three days. Facebook reserves the right to discontinue this service at any time without notice. Talktime rewards earned before this service is discontinued will be credited as appropriate."
Last month, Facebook's user base crossed the 1 billion mark and it may have reached a saturation level in various countries such as the United States and it seems that now, Facebook is looking towards other countries for the expansion it's user base. It is clear that Facebook sees a high potential in India, which is the third largest country on Facebook.
Recently, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg visited Russia to promote his social networking website in the country where it still hasn't reached the number 1 spot and lags behind a Russian social networking website.
As Facebook looks for expansion in countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico offers like these would surely attract people to join the social network but the company also needs to keep a tab on the profiles being created as the risk of more fake profiles is very high.