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Facebook Credits are a big deal for Facebook because they should create an important revenue stream for Mark Zuckerberg and company. The credits are supposed to power Zynga’s games and other virtual-goods vendors, and Facebook takes a 30 percent cut of each sale.
And gift cards are a big deal for Facebook Credits because people really like buying gift cards–they buy some $86 billion worth of them a year. In the Web world, they’re very important for kids and anyone else who want to buy things online but don’t have access to credit cards.
And they’re incredibly popular for people who want to buy someone a present but have no idea what to get–I’ve heard estimates that something like 40 percent of Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes purchases are funded by gift cards. If the Facebook folks end up with anything remotely as popular they’ll be very happy.