(KCBD) - You can reunite with old classmates, share pictures of your family or network, but if none of that is enough to encourage you to join Facebook, we've got something else that just might: freebies!
It may have been Burger King that launched the Facebook Freebie Frenzie when it offered a free whopper to anyone who deleted 10 Facebook friends. Burger King reports more than 230,000 friends were bartered for a burger.
Other companies caught on, and now, you might say, everybody's doing it.
"If I don't find a Facebook freebie once every other day, I'm kind of surprised," says Ryan "Goob" Eubanks, Heyitsfree.net.
Ryan "Goob" Eubanks is a freebie fanatic. He runs the site heyitsfree.net,where he shares his free finds with his readers. He sat down to talk with us via skype.
"People who hunt for freebies, they have the attention span of like a 5-year-old. And myself included, if I have to jump through a million hoops just to get free gummies or free anything, I'm not going to do it," says Eubanks.
Goob said you can get most freebies on Facebook for simply "friending" or "liking" a product's Facebook page. Like the offer from Kraft, simply click the "like" button on the Kraft Foods Facebook page, and choose which sample pack you want for free.
Q: "Why are so many manufacturers doing this? What's in it for them?"
"They kind of trust the sample will sell itself, people will get it and eat it or use it ... and go 'Oh, I got to buy this,'" says Eubanks.
Of course, some manufacturers may also want your information to use for marketing their products.
"It's good to have a separate e-mail address," says Catherine with frugal-freebies.com.
It's why Catherine, creator of Frugal-Freebies.com, gives this bit of advice. "You don't have to give them your right birth date. You don't have to give them your right phone number."
Catherine started scouring the web for freebies about two years ago, when her husband was lamenting the cost of razors.
"I said, 'You know, I could go online and get you some for free.' And so now he has enough until about 2012," says Catherine.
Q: "Do you go on every morning and do a search on Facebook? What's the easiest way to find these deals on Facebook?"
"I went to Google and they have Google alerts and you put in search words that you're interested in. So I put in 'freebies,' and every day they send me a list of the latest freebies that have been posted to the Internet, and I go check them out," says Catherine.
There's even better news. Catherine and Goob already do the searching. By checking out their websites, Facebook pages or following them on Twitter, you'll get the updates about all the deals they find. Then you can sign up, too.
Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved.