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Sorry, I just can't help but laugh over this kind of stuff regarding virtual gifts.

LOS ANGELES -- Why be realistic about your Valentine's Day possibilities?

Online, communities of virtual romantics already are exchanging digital bouquets, chocolates, teddy bears and love notes at a speed that could never be equaled in old-fashioned real life.

In the world of FarmVille, the popular Facebook game where users cultivate crops in an effort to build agricultural empires, love-struck users have plowed under their corn and soybeans to plant vast expanses of virtual roses.

The most-dedicated players are even inscribing their fields, crop-circle style, with messages such as "Be my Valentine" and "L'amour."

Game players also can exchange special virtual presents for the holiday -- in essence, small pictures of flowers or heart-shaped boxes. FarmVille enthusiasts have given one another 475 million Valentines since the promotion began Monday, according to Zynga Game Network Inc., the game's maker.

Marketers across the Web are attempting to tap into the spirit of the day, inviting consumers to special online events or offering an array of free virtual gifts featuring their product's brand.

NBC.com has offered free Valentine "e-cards" based on popular comedy shows such as 30 Rock, The Office and Saturday Night Live. The messages tend to stop short of professing true love, instead expressing sentiments such as "You are awesome."

Lauren Kester, a new media professional in Brooklyn, N.Y., said receiving such a card can be fun under the right circumstances.

On the other hand, she said, "If it was the only Valentine you got from your significant other, you might have some problems with your relationship."

But just as in real-life romantic adventures, caution is warranted.

The computer security firm McAfee warns that cyber criminals hide software demons behind images of puppies and red hearts. Clicking on such photos -- especially in e-mails from people you don't know -- can be perilous.


By Davis Sarno
L.A. Times

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RJ53

Feb 14 @ 1:01AM  
They are just not quite the same as real life flowers and candy. But I guess they are better than nothing. Call me old fashioned, but I like flowers I can put in a vase and smell the fragrance and candy that I can actually taste. And a card that either came in the mail or handed to me in person.
StraddleMyNose

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Feb 14 @ 1:06AM  

They are just not quite the same as real life flowers and candy. But I guess they are better than nothing. Call me old fashioned, but I like flowers I can put in a vase and smell the fragrance and candy that I can actually taste. And a card that either came in the mail or handed to me in person.
I totally agree with you. I'm too old fashion when it comes to stuff like this too.
StraddleMyNose

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Feb 14 @ 1:19AM  
I went to Walmart earlier tonight around 9:15pm, and you wouldn't believe how busy the place was. So many people (mostly guys) shopping for Valentine gifts for their sweeties. I can't believe people wait right up to the night before to do this.
zaralyon

Feb 14 @ 11:39AM  
I'm like you two, I like the real thing, however don't get it to often. And for the record, I"m sooooooooooooo sick of them online valentine gifts. I dont' want anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1bunny629

Feb 14 @ 1:01PM  
...
went to Walmart earlier tonight
...what were you doing at Walmart?
Wordsofwit

Feb 14 @ 1:18PM  
They provide a new definition of sweet nothings. Nothing like an insignificant gift to make an insignificant other feel special!!
RevDocLove

Feb 14 @ 1:25PM  
Checkin' out the spandex displays on people
who shouldn't be wearing them?????
RJ53

Feb 14 @ 1:25PM  

1 min ago
They provide a new definition of sweet nothings. Nothing like an insignificant gift to make an insignificant other feel special!!

The way I see it if someone can get on the computer and send an e-card they could have gone to a website and actually ordered something as a gift. If they are not close enough to the person to do that then why are they sending them anything for Valentine's Day in the first place
StraddleMyNose

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Feb 14 @ 2:54PM  
what were you doing at Walmart?
I had to run in there to get some catfood for my cats.

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