Buy Your Friend a Drink
A few people have mentioned this site to me over the past couple weeks.
What are your opinions of BuyYourFriendaDrink.com? Do you think this is a “cool” idea? Or is this just another useless promotional mechanism?
For starters, there’s only about six Hoboken bars/restaurants currently enrolled in the plan (I’m sure a few more will sign up), but how many people do you think will sign up? Frankly, I would think “buying my friend a drink” would typically involve “hanging out” with them. I mean, what’s next? “Hang out out with your friend” via the web? How about “spend quality time with your significant other” via the web too? Will we ever have to leave the house again? Why must I honestly send them monetary compensation for a drink? And why just at a few select bars? And what kind of “friend” is it when you barely spend time with them? To the point where I can’t even hang out for an hour at a bar? Why be friends with them at all?
As much as this may seem like a “cool” idea, it’s very limited, and forces you to use a particular member of the network. I’d rather my friend send me a towel filled with delicious spicy chicken salad, than forcing me to drink at a bar I may not want to go to. What kind of friend is that? And I saw some quotes from the site, where people bought drinks for friends from out of town.. hmmm.. I guess I won’t be flying to San Fransisco anytime soon, so let me send 10 bucks to my annoying friend to shut him/her up!
Again, it’s an ambitious idea (maybe for insincere business contacts), but how impersonal can you get? I guess I should start the “Virtual Pat on the Back” where some massive steroid-injected goomba will come slap the internal organs out of your esophagus when you do something good (like get a promotion, or bang that hot administrative assistant in your office, etc.).