Facebook goes retail in a big way, FarmVille looks to prosper

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According to a recent survey by Miniwatts Marketing Group 517,760,460 million people, or roughly 7% of the world's population, have an account on social networking site, Facebook. New "friends" (dare I say, citizens) are joining daily.

The Republic of Facebook? Like all emerging nations, the mega site has been developing its own currency, or "credits" and members can now purchase Facebook Credit gift cards in increments from $5 to $50 at Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy to upgrade game play, and make "virtual" purchases and charitable donations online.

Deborah Liu, manager of product marketing for Facebook Credits and Games, told WalletPop, "Facebook Credit gift cards make the perfect stocking stuffer for those who love playing social games on Facebook." Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and this year you'll be getting a "virtual miracle" on 34th Street.